I See You
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 read I Let You Go in 2015 and absolutely loved it. It was a gripping story with a brilliant twist and great drama. I was excited to read I See You (love the title!) and I must say I really liked this, although I believe it isn’t as good as her previous book.
This novel is a mix of a psychological thriller and a cop procedural and tells the story of Zoe Walker, a London commuter who starts to think she’s being watched and followed when riding the tube. Zoe Walker comes across a photo of her in a newspaper ad and starts supecting that these ads are related to a series of crimes happening in the city.
The idea was pretty good and I kept thinking: “Doesn’t this exist already? I’m sure someone must’ve already thought of this”. Creepy and scary stuff. The more you read, the more you think this could actually happen. The author clearly knows how to make you feel like this could happen to anyone you know.
I need to say this: I See You is VERY different from I Let You Go. I don’t know why, but this reminded me more of a Mary Higgins Clark book (I’ve read all of them) and yes, I suspected EVERYONE. Clare Mackintosh makes sure that you keep thinking everyone is evil and probably hiding secrets. At the end, I even felt guilty for thinking ill of some of the characters. Poor them.
My only complaint here is that there was no big twist (except for the real ending, which I thought was great, but kind of figured out a few pages earlier) and the first revelation was a bit underwhelming. And you know how much I need an ending to be perfect. I didn’t really care about the resolution, which was a pity because I enjoyed the book and thought the topic was both scary and engrossing.
Anyway, this was a pretty long book that I devoured in just two days. I love Clare Mackintosh’s writing and will continue to read her books as long as she keeps creating such addictive stories!
P.D: I’m sure that tomorrow, when I board the train, I’ll take a good look around me before starting my next read 😋
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.