Publication Date: 28th July from Sphere
Source: Review Copy
You do the same thing every day.
You know exactly where you’re going.
You’re not alone.
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 website, a grainy image 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 . . .
I See You was really really good – SO addictive, twisty turny excellence. If you read “I Let You Go” and loved it but worry that Ms Mackintosh won’t be able to repeat that level of book fun then stop worrying now. Read this. Although perhaps not just before setting off on a trip around the underground. Glancing suspiciously round at fellow travellers in case they are watching you just makes you in yourself look rather suspicious. This may become a whole thing…
So Zoe sees herself in a newspaper ad. A rather suggestive one. Those around her, including the police, dismiss it as coincidence. But then other women appear and the coincidences pile up and we are off to the races…
The concept behind “I See You” was brilliantly imaginative but I can’t really talk about that because otherwise I’ll spoil it and we can’t have that. As with her first novel Clare Mackintosh manages to write a banging good psychological thriller that not only digs deep into some emotive character study but also keeps you on the edge of the seat, wondering what will happen and being surprised quite often by what does…
The sounds of the underground echo through this one as an anchor, for any Londoners it will be a joy, you’ll be able to see things unfold in the minds eye – and to anyone who does not know London that well, has never experienced the joys (??) of that particular system you’ll feel like you know it well. I loved this aspect of it, but again thats all you get you’ll just have to read it.
Several viewpoints tell the story, the narrative is so well flowing and immersive you’ll be in it all the way – leading into a hold your breath and pray finale where everything comes together in a great big glorious reading rush.
Will you be surprised? Probably. Will you be delighted? Almost definitely. Do I recommend this novel? Yes absolutely. Loved it. Read it in two gulping sittings.
Ticked all the boxes. Whatever comes next I’ll be first in line.
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