I See You by Clare Mackintosh


Pages: 372   Price: £8.00   Published: 2016 by Sphere
Genre: Thriller, Mystery


“When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation: just a grainy image, a website address and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that. Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make…”

Another great Thriller from 2016. I have not read Clare Mackintosh’s other book, released before this one, however ‘I See You’ had been on my ‘To Read’ list for quite some time. I really enjoyed this book and it reminded me of similar books I have read, ‘The Couple Next Door’ by Shari Lapena and ‘The Escape’ by C. L. Taylor, both of which I highly recommend.

The book is written partly from 40-year-old Zoe’s perspective. Zoe has two grown children, Justin (22) and Katie (19), she is also on her second relationship as her first ended in divorce. Zoe commutes daily on the London Underground to get to her place of work at a Letting Agency. Whilst on her daily commute Zoe uncovers a photo of herself in the newspaper as part of an online dating agency called ‘Findtheone.com’. As each day passes each time there is a new photo of a different girl as part of the advertisement. I really liked this book because I have never seen an idea or concept like that before and I found it really intriguing and so it hooked me in.

The other part of the book is written from PC Kelly Swift’s perspective, a once well-respected office who was dropped down to British Transport Police due to her assaulting a convict. I liked the character of Kelly as she was well written and a character with layers who wasn’t perfect but was interesting to read about. Kelly is allowed to join the team of detectives working on the case of a woman who had appeared in the dating adverts and was murdered.

As for the not so great parts, I didn’t like the stereotypical side plot of the victim’s daughter’s “suspicious boyfriend”. Zoe spends the majority of the novel being wary of her daughter Katie’s boyfriend as if he could be the one running the website and murdering girls. He is obviously not as he is the classic “obviously guilty but not” character. I understand the writer is trying to convey how paranoid Zoe is in the novel due to these adverts but the side plot is poor and obvious.

I also wasn’t satisfied with the ending. When the one in charge of the site was reveaked I had trouble getting my head round it, not because it was a complicated thing but purely for the fact that for me it didn’t sit right or make sense. I was dissapointed with the last page of the novel for this reason as it was hard to believe and didn’t fit with the rest of the story.

However I did enjoy reading this book and I would recommend it to other avid Thriller readers out there, if you have read this book I would love to hear what you thought of the ending in the comments.

Would I read it again? Yes

My Rating: 4/5 STARS

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