I Let You Go

I Let You Go

Book - 2016 | First Berkley hardcover edition
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Devastated by a hit-and-run accident that has ended the life of her young son, Jenna moves to the remote Welsh coast to search for healing while two dedicated policemen try to get to the bottom of the case.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2016
Edition: First Berkley hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 1101987499 (alk. paper)
9781101987490 (alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: FIC MACKINTOSH
Characteristics: 369 pages ; 24 cm

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TashD Apr 11, 2018

A very intense and emotional read. The deep wounds of the main character unfold throughout the book. A thriller that keeps you guessing and wondering until the end.

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firefly5
Mar 14, 2018

Excellent book! This is the first time I have read this author and I will definately read her books again! This is a very well written story with an amazing twist! This story is told from the perspective of three people and so well done that it is not difficult to keep the three people separated. The description of the landscape is so vivid I could see it and almost feel the sea spray. All the characters in the book are completely believable and I found myself "talking" to them. ie: to the police officer.... 'don't get involved'! Recommend this book!

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MplsPeggy
Mar 13, 2018

Far more complex and interesting than your average suspense novel (Grisham, Patterson, etc.). Character development is much better than expected. Forewarning of an impending plot twist was a bit heavy handed, but it kept me reading and still managed to feel surprising.

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cidyer
Mar 11, 2018

I read this book just after reading The Woman In the Window which I really liked. The problem I found is that compared to The Woman In the Window I didn't find I Let You Go as well written. The book started out really well, but as it went on I was disappointed at how slowly it unfolded and I found that I would have liked to see a stronger character in Jenna. Her life circumstances led her to be in an abusive relationship, however I would have liked if she would have stopped punishing herself for losing people in her life, and advocate for a healthier self. I also found the ending twist regarding Ian to be just too contrived. The only person that I found likable in the book was Patrick, the vet and her new friend in the community she moved to.

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kwsmith
Feb 25, 2018

After a horrible car accident, Jenna Gray runs away from her troubled past and begins a fresh start in a small seaside village. The novel closely follows two parallel stories: how Jenna builds an entirely new life, and how the police investigators uncover the truth. This thrilling crime novel focuses more on character development than most similar crime novels, but this one still has a few surprise plot twists.

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Yoo_hoo5
Jan 08, 2018

Perhaps what’s difficult to get through with this book is the subject matter - abuse. But it also brings to light a lot of what happens in our world that we don’t think about or choose to leave up to others to address.
There are people who are as conniving and villainous as Ian. You can hear his deviant mental wheels turning at almost every point........such an insecure person with an unsurprisingly bad upbringing. Too many excuses are made.
It was a good read and I appreciate the perspective the author had with her own personal experience and the lasting impression it left on her.

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ElizabethHunter
Oct 23, 2017

got to 1/4 through this book and had to return. Someone else wanting it.

Not sure want to borrow again - not that exciting.

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reader7176
Jul 20, 2017

I loved this book, the plot twist and turns hold your interest. I was up the entire night reading this book just could not put it down. While the story line of this novel is sad and tragic, it shows how people deal with tragedy in different ways. We have to move on but you can never forget!! Look forward to more from this author.

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llwboston
Jul 16, 2017

A novel related through three different perspectives:
1) Jenna, an artist at the center of a tragedy leaves her home to escape her own life, settles on the coast of Wales and begins a new life, finds a new form of artistic expression as she establishes an identity in her new community, only to have her past crash down on her in a shocking plot twist about halfway through the book,
2) a fairly run-of-the mill police procedural focused on a detective experiencing a depressingly typical midlife crisis,
3)in the second half of the book a third voice emerges, a dark and villainous presence who drives the rest of story.
I was engrossed by Jenna's process of creating a new life (and art) and the occasional hints that there was more to her backstory. I was genuinely shocked by the plot twist that ends part one, and eager to read on. She was a complex and believable character, as were the Welsh villagers who populate her narrative. I loved the descriptions of the changing seasons on the Welsh coast.
But I was less engaged in the story of the detectives, who were more like stock characters (surprising, given the author's police background). The third perspective was dark and suspenseful, but ends in a final plot twist that was too far-fetched for me. An eerie and almost supernatural final scene suggests that Jenna's travails are far from over.
So a mixed reaction, but the author's cleverness with plot and vivid sense of place will have me reading more of her work.

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cmfrakes
Jul 11, 2017

Great book. Suspenseful, little twist in the plot, loved how it was based on author's own experience.

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Jul 08, 2016

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