This Chick Read: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

I Let You Go is the debut novel for author Clare Mackintosh and will be released in the states on May 03, 2016.  The authors background as an ex-CID officer, the British version of a detectives unit in a police department, allows her to use that voice authoritatively when telling the story from the detectives viewpoint.  There are two other narrators in this story,  Jenna Gray who is the main protagonist, and a male who enters the book in part two.  It is in Part Two that the story veers away from where the author had been leading us, giving a hint that things may not be as we were told.  It is at this point in the story that I wake up and start paying attention.  In fact, I went back and re-read a couple of chapters trying to figure out where I was misled.  I love a good mystery, especially when it had me snookered!

The synopsis below was taken directly from

On a rainy afternoon, a mother’s life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street . . .

 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. 

During the entire first section of the book, Jenna Gray was a mystery to me.  I could not figure out if I liked her or not.  She certainly had reason to be wallowing in pain, anger, and hurt, as her child had just died, but I became impatient with her seclusion, and was happy when she opened herself up to friendships.

Ray and Kate were the two detectives assigned to the case of the hit and run of a 5 year old boy.  Kate was relatively new to the force, and was unhappy with the division’s decision to let the case remain unsolved.  Ray’s attraction to Kate was an interesting side note, as she reminded him of his wife Mags, whom he met as a rookie in the department.  His relationship with his wife has changed, his kids are troubled teenagers, and Kate reminds him of simpler, easier times.  Something that, I think a lot of readers can relate to, tying you emotionally to that storyline.

This novel slowly builds tension, with the outcome leaving you breathless.  My only criticism, was that I couldn’t read faster!

I received an ARC of this book from the publishing company, Berkley Publishing Group, through NetGalley for my honest review.

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