- Author: Clare Mackintosh
- Publication date: March 13, 2018
The queen of plot twists, Clare Mackintosh, does not disappoint in the department of surprise. She rules the world of shocking revelations! Where her second novel I See You crossed the line of believability, this new novel only briefly straddles the line. Cross that line more than once and forgeddahboutit…I can’t squelch the urge to roll my eyes and give up caring about the story. That didn’t quite happen, but almost did.
There is a big twist in the structure of the book that will remind you plot twist lovers of The Wife Between Us. It’s exciting and crazy, but it’s this particular twist that was a little too unbelievable for me to handle. I actually think the story would have been better without it. AAAAH, I’m on tiptoes with the plot, I apologize for making no sense at all here!!! I think you will know what I mean when you read it 🙂
Aside from the (many) shocking plot reveals, Mackintosh brings her flair for sensitively portraying emotional human narratives in this novel. I particularly adored the character of Murray, a retired cop who agrees to look into the deaths of Anna’s parents, after they have been ruled as suicides. His relationship with his wife of 25 years is touching, tender. Together, they have endured and persevered through her mental illness challenges. Oh, I want more Murray! What an endearing character! Please bring him back, Clare Mackintosh!!
Mackintosh’s strongest suit is her undeniable writing talent. Aaaah, I could read her words all day long. Charming and utterly engaging use of language, I adore her style! As with her first book, I flew through this addictive story. A former policewoman, Mackintosh actually knows her crime stuff and how to eloquently write about it.
Mackintosh’s third book rates somewhere in the middle of her two previous ones. Thank goodness! After that blockbuster first book, I Let You Go, I was seriously wondering if she even wrote the second one, I See You. She has redeemed herself with LET ME LIE.