30 June, 2015

#BookReview :: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn't have prevented it. Could she?
In a split second, Jenna Gray's world is shattered. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape her past, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of the cruel November night that changed her life for ever.
DI Ray Stevens is tasked with seeking justice for a mother who is living every parent's worst nightmare. Determined to get to the bottom of the case, it begins to consume him as he puts both his professional and personal life on the line.
As Ray and his team seek to uncover the truth, Jenna, slowly, begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating .

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Oh My God! I cannot believe that this is the debut novel of the author… It is just so good that I was expecting the author a season name in the industry. Instead I find out that this is her debut novel!

Jenna Gray is facing what is every parent’s nightmare. She moves to a remote location on the Welsh coast hoping for a fresh beginning. But memories of that night continues to haunt her and someone from her past is about to catch up with her. She has Ray, the detective on the case, in her corner who will do everything to get justice.

The plot sounds simple enough, but don’t let it fool you. The twists and turns that the novel throws at you are just brilliant. Even I did not see all of them coming and that is saying something. The plot is the strongest point of the novel that is complimented by the author’s language and narration style. The way she portrays settings and characters is vivid and beautiful. It makes the book almost come alive in a readers’ hands. The characters are all very vibrant. I had a love/hate relationship with the protagonist almost till the end. I also loved the way the author included Ray’s personal life in the story instead of keeping it strictly to his professional life. The narration and the multiple POVs in the story let us get close to individual characters and get into their head. The only reason I am not rating it a 5 on 5 stars is that the pace of the book lagged a bit in the middle.

I will be sure to keep an eye out for this author, though I do not know how she can top this book!

Review Copy received from Hachette India

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