I Let You Go, by Clare Mackintosh
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley (May 3, 2016)
Reading Sara Rating: 7/10
Reading Sara Review: For me, a good crime/mystery book can be rated on whether or not it is predictable. I Let You Go gets a good rating because it was full of twists and surprises. I picked this one up because every once in a while I like a mystery. The Woman in Cabin 10 fed that need for awhile, but with the Halloween season upon us, I thought this would be a good one too. If you didn’t see it, I had a special Halloween post for recommendations on some good mysteries!
I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray who moves to a remote coastal town to escape after a tragic accident. As she starts to rebuild her life, the secrets of her past come to haunt her. On the other side is Ray and Kate, the detectives trying to uncover the mystery of driver who killed a young boy. It is a story of two sides: people trying to escape the horror of that day and people trying to bring closure to the tragedy.
This book isn’t what you expect. It took it awhile to get to the first (of many) surprises. But when it did, I was completely shocked. The following surprises are not quite as dramatic, but they do unravel an interesting story and a great mystery. I found myself sympathizing with characters that I did not think I could, and terrified of others. Any writer who can make the reader feel strong emotions about the characters should definitely keep writing.
Mackintosh spent 12 years in the police force, so this book feels more realistic than other mysteries that I have read. While the story is fiction, she draws on some of the cases that she experienced.
Wine Recommendation: Read this one on a cold weekend and pour yourself a glass of strong red wine. It’s the perfect fall mystery. I recommend a Cabernet Franc, which you can get at pretty much any price range. There are some really great ones that come out of California, but as usual, I like the Loire Valley blends the best. They are fruity, but with a little kick – which makes it a great transition wine into fall. Look for a Loire Valley one from the Chinon region that is about 5-10 years old, that will make it smoky and drinkable immediately. Tell me when you find one that you love!