The title in question is I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh.
To tell you exactly what we all loved about it, we have the lady behind the book club selection, our lovely Steph.
The story of I Let You Go follows the main character Jenna as she struggles after a tragic accident that changed her world. She moves away to an isolated cottage in Wales to escape and try to rebuild her life. The book is told from multiple viewpoints, looking at the impact on Jenna and also the Police investigation into what happened. You could call this book a psychological thriller or a crime novel, but either way it’s one of those you just can’t put down.
I was gripped by it, wanting to know more at the end of each chapter as you just don’t know what’s going to happen next. It was definitely unpredictable.
I think the characters, especially Jenna, are believable and you can really empathise with her. I also found the Police side of it interesting as I used to work at a Court and some of it was set in a Court room. The author is an ex-Police officer and the story was based on a real accident that she investigated, so she brought in elements of that.
The book cover itself tells you there’s a twist, but even knowing that I didn’t guess the main twist beforehand, which shows just how clever this book is. I had lots of ideas in mind as I read, but I could not have been further from the truth, and there was a second large twist when you’re not expecting it. I read this book for a second time before book club to see if there were any clues I’d missed, but it is so well written that all the possible clues could be read two ways.
Mean as Steph chose such a blinder with her book club selection, so we had to get her thoughts on what we should be reading next, while we had her:
At the moment I am really enjoying Liane Moriaty’s books, especially ‘The Husband’s Secret’ and ‘The Hypnotist’s Love Story’, although they aren’t necessarily thrillers. And anything by Jodi Picoult.