[Review] I See You – Clare Mackintosh

I See You - Clare Mackintosh

I See You
Clare Mackintosh

Rating: 3.5/5

You do the same thing every day.

You know exactly where you’re going.

You’re not alone.

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation: just a website, a grainy image and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.

Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make . . .

Who’s the bad guy? That’s the question on everyone’s mind when flipping through thrillers. Sometimes, the answer is so painfully obvious it’s embarrassing, and other times you’re guessing until the final word. Thankfully, I See You fell into the latter. I was 100% convinced it was Person X and I don’t think I’ve ever been happier to have been wrong.

I See You is a novel you can breeze through easily in an afternoon. The first chapters were a bit on the rough side with too many unnecessary tangents from main character Zoe’s point of view. However, that may have been intentional. Zoe wasn’t supposed to be exciting. She was supposed to be a mundane, dull, average woman going about her day-to-day life. It was when Zoe got thrust out of her comfortable world into a whirlwind of panic that the story began to shine.

We get introduced to Kelly, the police officer investigating Zoe’s case, and she steals the story. In fact, I wish we had a few extra chapters with Kelly as the focus as she felt a much stronger character than Zoe; Kelly’s chapters had a bit more substance and mystery. She was a tough character with a complicated past that seeped into her present.

I’m not a fan of dual-POVs where the characters aren’t narrated in the same POV—Zoe’s chapters were in first person and Kelly’s in third person. For me, I would have enjoyed the story more if both characters were in third person. Zoe’s internal thinkings slowed the book down, making it a bit monotonous in a few areas where the tension could have been ramped up.

However, with that said, the tension is fantastic! It built up without me noticing, and I had to take a small break when when my knuckles turned white from clutching my book too hard. After a few cups of much needed tea, I finished the book in one go for a superb finale!

Maybe you’re all better at guessing who culprits are, but I’m SO happy I didn’t figure it out. That killer twist in the last chapter made it all worthwhile.

Want some thrills in your life? Pick up a copy:  (Book Depository / Amazon US / Amazon Canada / Amazon UK)

Thanks so much to Berkley Publishing for sending over a copy!


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