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 grainy image, a website address 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 it someone keeping track of every move they make…
It’s no secret that I have been a fan of Clare Mackintosh since I picked up her debut novel I Let You Go and… Well… Couldn’t let it go! I stayed up until the early hours because it was too gripping to put down. If you haven’t read I Let You Go, or heard of Mackintosh, check out my review of I Let You Go here!
Needless to say, I have been eagerly anticipating the release of Mackintosh’s second novel from the second I put down the first. I follow Clare Mackintosh quite closely on Twitter, and have spent the last few months waiting for the release. In the run up, I signed up to her bookclub, checked Twitter and Facebook and basically found myself counting down the days until I could get my hands on a copy! This is the first time I have been this excited about the release of a book since the Harry Potter series… High accolade indeed!
I am glad that I signed up to everything, as Clare Mackintosh did not disappoint. As part of her bookclub newsletter, she released the first chapter of I See You for everyone to read, which I lapped up (if you’re interested, sign up here!). Chapter 3 of the audiobook was also released, which is read by Rachel Atkins, who has an incredible ability to unnerve through her reading. I listened to it at work, and the opening line … “I see you. But you don’t see me.” … definitely unsettled the people who were sitting around me when I played it without warning… (sorry Tom!)
I was lucky enough to receive my copy of I See You before the release and I am so excited to be writing this review for you now. Clare Mackintosh has done it again. It was another late night read that I couldn’t put down. The difference between this and I Let You Go is stark though – while her debut novel is mysterious and captures your imagination, surprises you and twists and turns, her second is definitely a lot creepier, and part of this comes down to her expert use of perspective.
Her novels follow a similar writing style, with the use of differing narrative perspectives, switching between first person protagonist and third person police enquiry – a nod to her background in the police force, which only strengthens her writing. It is this which makes it so utterly readable, in my opinion. I love the way that each perspective brings something new into both novels. I See You boasts a third narrative perspective, and it is this which gives the novel it’s unsettling dynamic. You hear this third perspective from the anonymous antagonist in the audiobook extract, and I think that extract alone shows you the tone that Mackintosh has managed to achieve.
And… That ending…!
I See You is out on Thursday 28th July, so you don’t have long to wait! Both novels are stand alone cases, so the order doesn’t matter, but I recommend reading both! I am giving my lovely readers the chance to win a brand new copy of I See You. To enter, comment to tell me the best book you have ever read and why, either here on the blog, or on my Facebook page post. I will be choosing a winner on MONDAY 1st AUGUST, and your copy will be sent out shortly after!
It could be a summer holiday reader, or one to read on the commute to work… Although it might make you never want to travel alone again!