Winner of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2016.
A hit-and-run in Bristol, a dead five year old and a CID police partnership with a spark between the partners. Good police procedural stuff. Then a first-person narrative girl, Jenna, goes into hiding in Wales and another first-person voice from her past tells a story too. There is so much left hanging, so much you assume and then find it not to be so that enables the mystery to ratchet up the tension. What starts slowly and pretty formulaically suddenly turns and becomes truly compulsive. Great stuff. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
May 2015 Debut of the Month
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEROne of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Crime Novels of 2016!The next blockbuster thriller for those who lovedThe Girl on the Trainand Gone Girl...';a finely crafted novel with a killer twist.'(#1New York Timesbestselling authorPaula Hawkins) On a rainy afternoon, a mother's life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street... I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past. At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them. Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner, says, ';I read I Let You Go in two sittings; it made me cry (at least twice), made me gasp out loud (once), and above all made me wish I'd written it...a stellar achievement.'
|Publication date:||3rd May 2016|
|Publisher:||Books on Tape Books on Tape|
|Primary Genre||Thriller and Suspense|
Closing date: 07/11/2021
'A terrific, compelling read with an astonishing twist that floored me. I loved it and did not want it to end.'
'A hugely assured and gripping debut and a twist that made me green with envy.'
'With its authentic voices, switchback twists and delicate character studies, this is a rewarding read from a writer with a real understanding of what makes a gripping crime novel.'
Clare Mackintosh spent twelve years in the police force, including time on CID, and as a public order commander. She left the police in 2011 to work as a freelance journalist and social media consultant, and now writes full time. She is the founder and director of Chipping Norton Literary Festival, and lives in the Cotswolds with her husband and their three children. Author photo © Smart PhotographyMore About Clare Mackintosh