I Let You Go

By Clare Mackintosh

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I’d heard good stuff about this book and the prologue lifted me into the story quickly. I was keen as mustard to keep going. But then …

I was disappointed with the portrayal of the police characters – the main detective lacked depth (for me anyway). I’d read that the author had a police background and I think this may have been a hindrance rather than a help. There is definitely a necessity for following the right guidelines, doing research, to make your characters and their actions realistic. However, I felt perhaps the author got a little bogged down with ‘doing it right’ and that made the actions of the detectives too robot-like.

I stuck with it and, as the story rolled out, it improved – the police side ‘filled in’ especially in part two. The character of Jenna is very believable. Her chapters are harrowing in places and they kept me reading. Halfway through part one, I began to feel more involved with the story and the characters.

I’m not going to say what happens as that would spoil the read, but suffice it to say there is a huge twist/shock at the end of part one, which the author handles well, I think.

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