Not too long ago, I read Clare Mackintosh's I Let You Go and I was very impressed with the suspense, the authentic feel of the story and an ending that was a complete shocker. Mackintosh has a special gift in weaving a tale that is thrilling and addictive. Needless to say, I was excited to get my hands on I See You. I was not disappointed! I think that I See You may have been even better than I Let You Go.
Zoe is mom to two young adults, Justin and Katie. Katie has her heart set on being an actress while Justin is furious with his mother for leaving his father and moving in another man, Simon. While commuting to work one day, Zoe notices that her picture is featured in an advertisement for a unique matchmaking website. Zoe soon realizes that women who have had their photos featured in the ads are being targeted as victims of crimes. Will Zoe or someone she knows be the next victim?
I am a big fan of Mackintosh's storytelling and impressed with her writing style. Her books read very quickly and there are twists and turns that make it difficult to put the book down. I think what makes this novel so truly terrifying is that it is such a real possibility. Social media has coerced us into mindlessly, but willingly, giving up our personal information. That information can easily be used, and is sometimes used, to harm the users of social media. Another theme that struck me is the fact that we don't often know those who we feel we are close to as much as we believe.
So who are these men?
They're your friends. They're your father, your brother, your best friend, your neighbor, your boss. They're the people you see every day; the people you travel to and from work with.
You're shocked. You think you know them better than that.
Oftentimes, we are very vigilant when we are in public; worried that we could be harmed by a stranger. And we could be but, more often than not, it is someone we know who is the monster lurking in the shadows. I think Mackintosh's previous work in law enforcement has gifted her with a unique ability to present crime fiction in a way that feels very authentic. I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys thrillers or mysteries. I sincerely hope that Clare Mackintosh will put out more thrillers in the future. I will be one of the first in line to read them!
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