I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

I Let You GoThere aren’t many mystery novels that I want to re-read. For me, mystery books typically warrant a one-time read because the case has been solved. I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh is one of the rare mystery novels that I want to re-read because the plot twist was that good and I connected with the characters that much.

The story begins on a rainy afternoon when a woman is walking her young son home from school. When he runs ahead to get out of the cold a car hits him out of nowhere. The child dies on impact and the car speeds off without a trace. Right from the start, with this dark and eerie prologue, this book consumed me.

There has been a lot of hype about a major plot twist in I Let You Go and to be honest I was a bit skeptical because many mystery books boast the same thing. I was VERY mistaken because when I got to the plot twist, I instantly thought OH MY GOSH WHAT WHAT OH WOW or something along those lines because I was so shocked!

I Let You Go The book was gripping and I really felt for the protagonist, Jenna Gray, and the pain she suffered from the accident. She is one of those characters that I found myself rooting for and I felt generally upset when she faced trouble.

I have heard from some readers that the beginning of this book is slow moving. I didn’t feel this way, but if you start the book and find yourself thinking that it’s too slow, I hope you’ll keep reading! It’s worth it.

I Let You Go is definitely going on my top pick recommendations list! Beware, some portions of the story are dark, but I believe that these contributed to the overall emotional aspect of the book and made it all that much more touching in the end.

I Let You Go What about you all? Do any of you re-read mystery novels?


10 thoughts on “I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

  1. I agree with the fact that it’s not very fun to re-read a mystery novel since you already the end…but this book sounds really good


      1. Hi,
        Yes, I agree – this novel is really worth re-reading. Intriguing and un-put-downable! I wrote about it in my PenHanley.Wordpress blog 29 December 2015 ‘Cheerfulness is an achievement: favourite books of 2015’. It’s interesting that ‘I Let You Go’ is written by an ex-Police Officer plus the founder of the Chipping Norton Literary Festival (love those English names of towns).
        Keep reading and sharing with us, Samantha – I like your posts and it’s great to be part of this community of readers and writers in different countries.


      2. Hi Pen,
        Thank you for commenting and I totally agree on the English town names! I also think it’s interesting to learn about author’s pasts. It really is great to be a part of such a great bookish community! 🙂


  2. Sounds intriguing! But possibly a bit grim and sad! I do love plot twists. Have you read any Jodi Picoult? She is a master of plot twists.


    1. It definitely is a bit grim, but it’s an excellent book! I really recommend. I actually haven’t read any Jodi Picoult, but a few of her books are on my list. Thank you for the recommendation!


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