There 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!
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.
What about you all? Do any of you re-read mystery novels?
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Hardly ever do I re-read one. But this one I haven’t read so it is going on the TBR list!
I’m so glad! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! It was one of my favorite books so far this yea 🙂
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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
I was surprised that I felt like I wanted to re-read this one because I normally read muster novels once! I hope you enjoy this one 🙂
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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.
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! 🙂
This sounds really intriguing! I will be adding it to my TBR asap!
It’s a great book! I hope you enjoy 🙂
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.
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!