I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

This is a true standout among the many suspense titles currently dominating the fiction market.  It begins with a hit and run accident which kills a young boy and follows the investigation that ensues. The story moves between Bristol, England and a coastal community in Wales, spanning just over a year. Divided into two parts, it reads almost innocuously until you reach the end of the first half. It’s this midstream jolt that sets it apart in a genre notorious for eleventh hour plot twists. The story is told in two parts and from a few different perspectives.  Detective Inspector Ray Stevens is investigating this crime. Jenna is a mother grieving the loss of her child. Part two introduces another character that creates the real suspense of this story.  

The second half of this book brings to light a domestic abuse situation which may be a trigger for some readers. Though not overly graphic, some descriptions of abuse are distressing. Nonetheless, it is an outstanding standalone title with a somewhat ominous ending.

This is a debut novel from this author. Mackintosh spent twleve years in the British police force before moving into journalism.  Her second book I See You was released in February.

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