I Let You Go

I Let You Go

eBook - 2016
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Devastated by a hit-and-run accident that has ended the life of her young son, Jenna moves to the remote Welsh coast to search for healing while two dedicated policemen try to get to the bottom of the case.
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9781101987513
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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AnneCarolineDrake
Jul 15, 2019

The author's note provides a HUGE clue to the book's major plot twist, but I didn't read it carefully enough: "Grief and guilt are powerful feelings, and I began to wonder how they might affect TWO women involved in very different ways in the SAME incident." [emphasis added]

"Why don’t you leave?" Clare Mackintosh answers this question in graphic detail in her debut international bestseller I Let You Go. She also provides brilliant insights into the twisted minds and malignant narcissism of perpetrators of violence against women. It is a psychological thriller that I could not put down until I read all 369 pages yesterday. Be prepared to laugh, cry, and gasp.

The major plot lines spring from the author's experience as a police officer and mother of two sets of twins. Sadly, her son Alex died shortly after birth from meningitis.

Critics have opined the book is akin to The Girl on the Train. I disagree. It captures the experience of domestic violence as brilliantly as Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen. I accurately intuited some of the plot twists, but I still gasped when they unfolded.

While I recommend the book highly, it may not be a wise choice for some domestic violence and sexual assault survivors ~ especially protective mothers ~ who have Complex-PTSD. The PTSD episodes and traumatic events Jenna experiences are quite graphic.

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EljayJohnson
Jul 07, 2019

A solid, well-written thriller. A huge, made-me-gasp twist that had me going back to re-read some parts to make sure the author earned it (she did). Very dark in parts with some images that will stay with me. I liked the detective and his backstory - clearly a good but imperfect man. I would read more by her.

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0007548100dmw
May 24, 2019

Excellent book, especially for a first book. I agree with the other reviewers. The book has everything...great plot, high intensity, very thrilling and a most interesting ending.

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Readerthensome
Mar 22, 2019

Clare knocks it out of the park. A great read, my favourite of her 3 (so far books).

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feralranger
Mar 13, 2019

The preface of this book will be a sucker punch to most readers. It starts with a hit and run that changes the main characters life forever. It takes the readers on a roller coaster ride.
The title is a perfect metaphor for many of the surprising situations in this thriller.

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Havanacat
Jan 23, 2019

Plot. High-intensity, heart-wrenching emotion and a huge plot twist.

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drp1957_113
Dec 06, 2018

This was my 3rd book I’d read by MacKintosh, my favourite and a real page turner; couldn’t put it down. I’ll be watching for more from her.

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maggie43
Nov 07, 2018

This book was great. There were plenty of twists and turns. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Bean1988
Oct 16, 2018

Loved this book. One of the best books I've ever read. This one stayed with me for quite a while. Quite a haunting tale.

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Kayelmills
Oct 13, 2018

One of THE best mysteries I have read. Now, STOP READING the other reviews because some of the reviewers are mistaken about the ending and others give away the end. Honestly, that is so unnecessary and annoying! It completely ruins the "MYSTERY" aspect of the book.
Suffice it to say, immediately upon finishing "I Let You Go," I requested all of Clare Mackintosh's books!

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mikeandfel2
Jul 08, 2016

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AnnieN_1
Aug 19, 2018

Jenna or Jennifer is married to Ian; a very creepy, clever, controlling man. Her life becomes somewhat of a nightmare, and she ends up almost being convicted for killing a five year old boy, whom she confesses she has killed; but through various twists and turns she is released into a nail biter ending.
Had a tough time getting into the book but eventually it lured me in, and then I couldn't put it down.

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