On a rainy afternoon, a mother's life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street . . .
I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past.
At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run.
As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them.
Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner, says, “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 . . . a stellar achievement.”
Four and a half stars: A shocking thriller with many unexpected, jaw dropping surprises.
It is rainy and cold outside, when the young boy catches sight of the warm light streaming from the small cottage he calls home, he can't resist. He lets go of his mother's hand and dashes across the street to get home, but before he reaches safety, a car comes careening around the corner, going too fast. It crashes into the boy, throwing him onto the windshield, and then slamming him to the ground. The mother screams in horror as blood pools onto the wet pavement. Why doesn't the driver help? The car backs away, and retreats into the darkness, leaving the mother crying over her dying child. A few days later, Jenna can't bear the nightmares from the accident. She slips away, leaving everything behind in hopes of finding peace, but she will soon learn, you can't outrun the horrors of the past.
What I Liked:
- I Let You Go is one of those thrillers that once it grabbed hold, it wouldn't let go. I was quickly flipping the pages, wanting to know the secrets, and when all was revealed, I was shocked. If you love a good, taut, suspenseful thriller with stunning twists, this is one to read. I believe that this is a book that everyone will be buzzing about this summer.
- The narrative follows Jenna as she frantically tries to put her life together after the tragic hit and run. She is haunted by nightmares, and she wants nothing more than to escape. Jenna is broken, damaged and hiding plenty of secrets. Meanwhile back in Bristol, Ray and Kate work tirelessly to find the person who hit and killed five year old Jacob. I was quickly immersed in Jenna's story, and my heart hurt for her. She is a sympathetic character, and I was drawn to her story. Kate and Ray weren't quite as interesting, but I still appreciated watching them work the case. Finally, in the second half, you get a narrative from Ian, a cruel, cunning and manipulative man, who is an abuser and a monster. You have no idea how the paths of all these characters will collide, and when they do, it is a shock. I won't say more, just read it.
- I have to admit, the first half was a bit slow, but then when the book hits that midway point, there is a big reveal and a twist, that takes everything you thought you knew and turns it on its head. I was stunned! The second half picks up the pace, as secrets start to come out, not to mention it is at this point that Ian's narrative comes in, and he is fascinating and revolting at the same time, but you can't help but want more.
- If you like suspense and thrills and big shocking surprises, I promise you this book has it. I had an idea that things weren't as they seemed, but I certainly wasn't prepared for all the surprises. I would have never put together all the pieces. This is one of those page turner thrillers that you need for your vacation.
- Even though it is disturbing, I appreciated that the author tackled the sensitive and difficult topic of domestic abuse. It was chilling and eye opening to read the narrative from an abuser.
- The ending is an absolute shocker. Fast, furious and full of suspense as all the pieces fall into place. I loved the way it pieced together. A terrific finale.
And The Not So Much:
- I have to admit, I was not invested in the story line that follows Ray and Kate, the two detectives investigating the hit and run. I liked the police work, but I wasn't a fan of some of the other issues that came with them, especially the attraction. I found myself always wanting to return to Jenna.
- I was bothered that there was this focus during Ray's portion regarding his son having issues at school. Then the truth is revealed about what is really going on, and then nothing happens. That story line was left completely unfinished. What happened with Tom?
- I am an American reader, and this book was written by a UK writer. I was a bit confused by several abbreviations and terms used by the detectives. I had no idea what they meant.
- This book is a bit dark and disturbing as it takes on domestic abuse. Nothing too graphic or violent, but it is still hard to read.
I Let You Go is an exciting, thrilling and stunning book that fans of psychological thrillers will devour. This book has plenty of twists and turns that will shock and surprise you, leading up to an absolutely jaw dropping finale. If you want a taut, page turning thriller, this is the book to grab for the summer season. One of the best thrillers I have read in a long while!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.