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I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

Title: I Let You Go, Author: Clare MackintoshI Let You Go. Finished 3-25-17, rating 4.25/5, suspense, pub. 2016

Unabridged audio read by Nicola Barber and Steven Crossley. 12 hours.

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

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.    from Goodreads

I remember all the hype for this book when it came out and when it showed up on a recent unputdownable list, I checked the audio out of the library.  For the first few cds I really couldn’t figure out why there were so many raves about it.  I actually stopped listening for a week and was questioning to bother with the rest since I definitely didn’t get the unputdownable label at all.  But, I decided to give it a bit longer when I was cleaning one day and it started to build some steam.

This was a good book that starts with the horrific death of a child.  There was more than one big twist and the less you know the better. I loved  the Wales seaside Jenna found comfort in.  I would love to visit someday, under happier circumstances.

So, I think the slow beginning could deter some people, but if you can make it past that it turns into something unexpected and I liked it.

March 27, 2017 - Posted by | 4 Star Books


  1. It’s commendable to keep going when you don’t want to. I’m finding myself DNFing earlier and more frequently than I ever have.

    Comment by Lloyd Russell | March 27, 2017 | Reply

    • It’s easier to have an audio on and be doing other things. I’m getting better at DNF print books. Just did it after 120 pages of an author I usually love. Who has the time to waste?

      Comment by stacybuckeye | March 28, 2017 | Reply

  2. I can forgive a slow beginning as long as I know to expect it. I wonder if the print version would have been more engaging to start with.

    Comment by BermudaOnion | March 27, 2017 | Reply

    • Maybe? I almost feel like it was done deliberately to make the twist more shocking.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | March 28, 2017 | Reply

  3. Yes, I loved the Wales setting. I liked this one and hope to read her new book.

    Comment by Mary | March 27, 2017 | Reply

    • I’ve seen great thingsabout the new one as well.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | March 28, 2017 | Reply

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