Book Review of “I Let You Go” by Clare Mackintosh

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.


I Let You Go tells the story of a mother who loses her five-year-old son in a hit and run accident. The rider disappears into the night, leaving her with her dead son. It talks about her struggles, her agony, and the pain she goes through as she tries to move on. She leaves behind her old life to begin a new one; will she be able to do so? I Let You Go is Mackintosh’s debut novel. However, her writing style does not falter. She manages to keep her readers at the edge of their seats and engrossed in the book.

The book consists of two parts. The first part focuses on building the characters and strengthening the plot. It is slow in the beginning and gradually builds up speed. It seems as if the author takes undue efforts in building the characters and their stories. She takes us through their lives excruciatingly slowly, building up each detail. The first part may feel like a drag; however, don’t give up. The author has a solid reason for investing efforts in building up the first part in this particular way. The end of the first part will hit you hard.

The second part is where the story starts unraveling itself. It is one twist after another. I couldn’t keep the book down after this. I had to know what would happen next. I don’t want to give out details. But, the book has you gasping. It’s not over the top; the twists do not feel forced. But, they come at a rapid speed. Even when I thought that the author couldn’t add any more twists, she still managed to surprise me. The second part is the culmination of her efforts that she put into designing the first part. Rarely do authors take such efforts to make a reader sympathize with their characters. Mackintosh details out every character’s backstory and their struggles, to perfectly tie it in with the climax of the story.

I was thoroughly impressed with this book. I give it a 5/5. Anybody who likes thrillers and page-turners will thoroughly enjoy this book. Mackintosh’s I See You is equally grappling, and you should read that one too if thrillers are your genre.

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