Book Review of “I See You”- Clare Mackintosh

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

Mahatma Gandhi

Clare Mackintosh is an award-winning British author. I See You was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick and charted at number 1 in The Sunday Times original fiction list.

Let me begin by saying that I am awed by this author’s writing. She was a police officer before she became a full-time author, and she has made excellent use of her professional experience in writing her books. Her style of writing is impeccable, and she has you turning pages until you reach the end of her book. She has you in her grasp, and as an author, she doesn’t let you go. She holds your attention and paces her book so well that you hold onto it till the wee hours of the day.

Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper. It is a grainy image, but she is sure it is of her. She takes it back to her family, who believes it could be someone who looks like her. The advert keeps showing photos of different women. And it isn’t significant until bad things start happening to the women. Is someone tracking their every move? Will Zoe be next?

The writing is fluid, and the characters have substance. Every character has a well-defined backstory, and the author has taken tremendous efforts to present them as human. The author has subtly focused on crime and violence against women without pushing it in your face. What I have appreciated most about the author’s way of writing is that to focus on women-oriented crime, she does not put men down or snub them.

She has given the book several strong female characters. The female cop who takes on Zoe’s case is an excellent example. Depicted as a tough, passionate, and ambitious officer, Kelly’s commitment to solving this case is intense and commands respect.

I give this book a 5/5. It is packed with suspense and mystery and will keep you turning pages. You will never be able to guess the next twist that the author will throw at you. She keeps you guessing and glued to the book. If you like this one, do read her debut novel “I Let You Go.” It won’t disappoint you.

To buy the book, the link is https://amzn.to/2Az4WIc

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