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Top Shelf Spotlight: ‘I Let You Go’ by Clare Mackintosh

Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m going to be posting the newest instalment to my “Top Shelf Spotlight” series – ‘I Let You Go’ by Clare Mackintosh. You can find the other posts in the series here. In this series, I will be focusing on one book in particular that has made my “top shelf/favourites” bookshelf. I’ll be giving you some information on the book, as well as sharing some of my personal thoughts on the novel. I hope you enjoy this new series, and please leave any feedback below, including any other posts or series you’d like to see on my blog! So, here goes…



I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh.

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A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn’t have prevented it. Could she?

In a split second, Jenna Gray’s world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever.

Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating . . .


I remember reading ‘I Let You Go’ a while back, and it’s one of those books that will always stick with me. You can find my full review here. Having read all of Clare Mackintosh’s books now, I can confidently say that she is one of my favourite authors of all time. I was lucky enough to host an interview with the author too – you can find that here.



About the Author


Clare Mackintosh is the author of three psychological thriller novels: ‘I Let You Go’ , ‘I See You’  and ‘Let Me Lie’. In the past, she spent twelve years working on the police force, and has written for various newspapers and magazines. She lives in North Wales with her family.



About the Book

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Pages: 384

Release Date: May 2015

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Suspense.

Average Goodreads rating: 4.08

Film? No.

Author’s other works: ‘I See You’ (2017) and ‘Let Me Lie’ (2018).

Themes explored: Death, grief, physical and mental abuse, alcoholism.



My Thoughts


Favourite character/narratorRay!

What I liked/overall standout elements:

  • I really enjoyed the shifts between different narrative perspectives. The novel is narrated by all three protagonists (Ray, Jenna and Ian). All of the narrative accounts are very different and unique, and all bring something fresh and exciting to the novel.
  • The characterisation of Ray was absolutely fantastic. Detective Inspector Ray Stevens is assigned to the case, and the narration in relation to the police force is highly informative and fascinating. Ray struggles to balance doing his job and his emotions towards the case, which I felt was a really nice touch
  • The narrative perspective of Ian (the “villain“) was really enjoyable. He’s quick-tempered and violent, but there is also some humanity about him. At times, I felt myself actually feeling sympathy towards him.
  • I really enjoyed the exploration of the theme of grief within the novel. When five year old Jacob is killed in a hit and run, his mother Jenna suffers greatly. Her mental state deteriorates, as she struggles to understand why somebody would kill her child.
  • There are many thriller elements employed throughout the novel, such as increasing tension and suspenseuncertainty and anxiety regarding what happened to five year old Jacob, many twists and turns, and an almighty climax.
  • There’s a fantastic end resolution which ties everything together in the most astounding way. There’s a huge twist that changes the direction of the narrative entirely, and I was so surprised. In fact, I’d say that this book contains one of the best twists I’ve ever read. I was really satisfied with the ending of the novel.









Happy reading 🙂






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