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I Let You Go

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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

If you like Clare Mackintosh you might also like to read books by Sophie Hannah, Peter James and Alison Gaylin.

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Synopsis

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn't have prevented it. Could she? In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever. Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating ...

Reviews

'A terrific, compelling read with an astonishing twist that floored me. I loved it and did not want it to end' Peter James

'A hugely assured and gripping debut and a twist that made me green with envy' Mark Billingham

'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' Sarah Hilary

'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. Absorbing, authentic and deeply unsettling: a stellar achievement, and so deliciously clever' Elizabeth Haynes

'A superb debut, Clare Mackintosh writes eloquently about grief, guilt and fear and delivers some shocking twists' Cath Staincliffe

'A heart-wrenchingly emotional psychological thriller with stunning twists and turns. Deft and seamless, it pulls you in from page one and doesn't let you go' Julie Cohen

'Page-turning, utterly convincing, unputdownable. The twists kept me guessing until the riveting, satisfying conclusion' Julia Crouch

About the Author

Clare Mackintosh

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.

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Publication date

7th May 2015

Author

Clare Mackintosh

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Publisher

Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780751554151

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