I See You by Clare Mackintosh
Published February 21, 2017 by Berkley Publishing Group
Genres Psychological Thriller, Crime
February 21, 2007 is the US release date; I See You has already been released in Canada and the UK.
“You do the same thing every day. You know exactly where you’re going. You’re not alone.”
I found I See You to be fanatically creepy from the very start. In the beginning we meet the two main characters; Zoe and Kelly. Zoe see her photo in the classifieds section of the London newspaper, along with a website and a phone number. Zoe brings the newspaper home and shows her family, who convinces her that the picture isn’t her, just someone who looks similar, since the photo is fairly grainy. But when Zoe looks at the same newspaper the following day, she sees a photo of a different woman, along with the same website and phone number, as well as one the next day. Zoe decides to reach out to the police when she starts making connections with local crimes, even though her family still believes the picture doesn’t belong to her.
Kelly has been working as a uniformed office in the London subway system after being demoted from her detective position. She has recently worked with the theft division and finds that Zoe’s concerns may also be linked to a case that she previously worked. As Kelly gets more involved with the classified ads in the paper and Zoe, she goes to her old boss and requests to be transferred to the MIT department that is currently working a murder connected to the ads. From there, Zoe and Kelly’s stories start to over lap, as Kelly realizes that the ads are put of a much larger series of crimes then she originally believed.
This book was quite interesting from the very beginning. The chapters flip back and forth between Zoe and Kelly, which became slightly frustrating during more action packed sections of the book where a chapter would end on a cliffhanger and switch to the other character’s point of view. This is the first book I have read by the author, but liked it so much I immediately ordered the first book she wrote. The story moves along at a fairly steady pace, but I enjoyed getting the perspective of Zoe, the sort of victim in this case, along with the police perspective from Kelly. Along the way we learn about both Zoe and Kelly’s families and backgrounds and I felt like we got to know both of the characters pretty well. The book has the right amount of family involvement, police work, suspense and crime. I kept trying to work out the plot twist and who was responsible for the classified ads and every time I thought I had figured it out, I was wrong. The ending of the book reminded me a bit of the ending to Gillian Flynn’s books, which I love, where at the very end, there’s another plot twist that you may or may not see coming. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of psychological thrillers.
It has already been released in Canada and the U.K. and will be released in the U.S. on February 21, 2017. Thank you to the publisher for sending me a review copy of this book. Happy reading!