Book Review: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

I started reading this book as part of a monthly book club I’ve recently joined and this was one of the three books you could pick from.


In a split second, Jenna Gray’s world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever.

Slowly, Jenna 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 . . .


First let me start by saying what an outstanding debut novel. I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to any lover of psychological thrillers. That said, and it maybe that I have read a few too many psychological thrillers recently, but I figured out some of the plot twists before they were revealed.

The book is made up of two parts. The first is a little slow and drawn out but this is definitely made up for by the fast pace of the second part. After 3 or 4 days of struggling through part 1 I was surprised to find myself unable to put the book down until I’d reached the end and finished it in around 4 hours.

I found the characters a little hit and miss. It’s difficult to talk in too much detail about them without spoiling the plot.

On the whole I liked the character of Jenna Gray; as the story progressed you began to understand her and the motives behind her actions. However, I did find it a little difficult to relate to her character.

On the other hand I did relate slightly to Mags, the wife of the detective in charge of the case. She had given up her career to become a SAHM and was in the process of looking for a career change. This is something I’m working through at the minute.

I’m not sure exactly how I feel about the characters of DI Ray Stevens and DC Kate Evans. I did feel their working relationship is a little cliched in parts. However Clare’s police background definitely shines through with the detail shown in the description of police procedures.

Thanks for reading, until next time.

Debbie x

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