I Let You Go

I Let You Go

A Novel

Book - 2016
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I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past. At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them.
Publisher: New York :, Berkley Books,, 2016.
ISBN: 9781101987490
Characteristics: 369 pages ; 24 cm

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ElizabethHunter
Oct 23, 2017

got to 1/4 through this book and had to return. Someone else wanting it.

Not sure want to borrow again - not that exciting.

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reader7176
Jul 20, 2017

I loved this book, the plot twist and turns hold your interest. I was up the entire night reading this book just could not put it down. While the story line of this novel is sad and tragic, it shows how people deal with tragedy in different ways. We have to move on but you can never forget!! Look forward to more from this author.

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llwboston
Jul 16, 2017

A novel related through three different perspectives:
1) Jenna, an artist at the center of a tragedy leaves her home to escape her own life, settles on the coast of Wales and begins a new life, finds a new form of artistic expression as she establishes an identity in her new community, only to have her past crash down on her in a shocking plot twist about halfway through the book,
2) a fairly run-of-the mill police procedural focused on a detective experiencing a depressingly typical midlife crisis,
3)in the second half of the book a third voice emerges, a dark and villainous presence who drives the rest of story.
I was engrossed by Jenna's process of creating a new life (and art) and the occasional hints that there was more to her backstory. I was genuinely shocked by the plot twist that ends part one, and eager to read on. She was a complex and believable character, as were the Welsh villagers who populate her narrative. I loved the descriptions of the changing seasons on the Welsh coast.
But I was less engaged in the story of the detectives, who were more like stock characters (surprising, given the author's police background). The third perspective was dark and suspenseful, but ends in a final plot twist that was too far-fetched for me. An eerie and almost supernatural final scene suggests that Jenna's travails are far from over.
So a mixed reaction, but the author's cleverness with plot and vivid sense of place will have me reading more of her work.

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cmfrakes
Jul 11, 2017

Great book. Suspenseful, little twist in the plot, loved how it was based on author's own experience.

JCLAmandaW Jun 22, 2017

The first part of this book had my interest and I read along at a normal pace. The twist in the middle had me up until the early hours of the morning finishing the book. I eagerly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys suspense and psychological mysteries.

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chrisbee55
Jun 12, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. It was very well written and I could easily picture in my mind the coast of Wales. Very descriptive. Loved the book and will certainly read more from this author.

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lpreston214
Jun 12, 2017

Very good thriller with one of those "huh?!" moments in the middle. To me not a twist per se but something that sent me back to the beginning to try to see where I was tricked. The story alternates perspectives mostly between the main character and the DI investigating. There was a side plot involving the DI's family that was not fully resolved. It seems to me that could've been left out. But a great quick read nevertheless. I'll definitely get this author's new book.

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sgcf
Mar 30, 2017

MacKintosh is very crafty! As in a brilliantly-crafted-plot I mean, complete with a jaw-dropping bombshell mid-way through that I didn’t see coming (and I pride myself on successfully predicting where plots might go). This is not prize winning literature, but it is canny/clever and emotion laden with several issues. A psychological thriller that kept me reading full tilt.

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JERSEYROSE
Mar 24, 2017

Best thriller I have read in a long time. Looking forward to her next book I See You.

BostonPL_LauraB Mar 21, 2017

Very slow moving at first, although the essence of coastal Wales was captured beautifully, but then THE TWIST happened and yup- I was shocked. The second half of the book flew by from that point on!

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mikeandfel2
Jul 08, 2016

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