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Review: I See You

Review: I See YouI See You by Clare Mackintosh
Released by Berkley Books on 4 April 2017
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 372
Format: Ebook
ISBN: 9781101988299
Source: Received

       

 

Every morning and evening, Zoe Walker takes the same route to the train station, waits at a certain place on the platform, finds her favorite spot in the car, never suspecting that someone is watching her...

It all starts with a classified ad. During her commute home one night, while glancing through her local paper, Zoe sees her own face staring back at her; a grainy photo along with a phone number and listing for a website called FindTheOne.com.

Other women begin appearing in the same ad, a different one every day, and Zoe realizes they ve become the victims of increasingly violent crimes including murder. With the help of a determined cop, she uncovers the ad s twisted purpose...A discovery that turns her paranoia into full-blown panic. Zoe is sure that someone close to her has set her up as the next target.
And now that man on the train the one smiling at Zoe from across the car could be more than just a friendly stranger. He could be someone who has deliberately chosen her and is ready to make his next move.


Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This has not changed my opinion on this book in any way.

I was very intrigued by this book the moment I read the synopsis. I love a good thriller every now and then, so I was incredibly happy when I got the chance to read this book. I See You tells the story of Zoe Walker, who one day sees her own picture in an advert in the newspaper. Accompanied by a phone number and a website: FindTheOne.net. She finds out she’s not the only woman whose picture appeared in this ad, and that some of those other women have been murdered.

Like I said, the synopsis sounded very interesting when I read it, and I decided this would be the right book to pick up around Halloween. I haven’t read many thrillers since I picked up The Girl on the Train last year, but I really do want to read more because they are often so good that I just don’t want to stop reading.

I See You, however, was in my opinion rather boring. I mean enough happened of course, and I was actively thinking along to find out who the owner of the website was, but it was just… I don’t know… Not interesting enough. Of course, I had to keep on reading because I wanted to know who the bad guy was, but I had just hoped for more exciting things to happen throughout the book. Luckily, the book picked up near the end and I actually spent half the night reading this book until I finally finished it at 4 am in the morning.

The book had three POV’s, two of which were more around than the third. There was Zoe of course, written in the first person narrative. Then we had Kelly, the police officer, whose POV was written in third person narrative. And between some chapters there was a piece from the website owner, written in a second person narrative; that intrigued me a lot, and I think I would love to read a book entirely written like this. Out of these, I liked Kelly’s the best because I loved her determination to solve this case. Zoe was nice too, but for some reason I just couldn’t imagine her as the person she was – maybe it’s the name (I haven’t met anyone called Zoe who was over 25, to be honest, so I saw her as a relatively young woman, which is impossible seeing as she has a twenty-two-year-old son).

The writing was good, and that is part of why I kept on reading this book. And of course, like I said, the ending helped a lot. I was suspecting people all throughout the book, but I could not have guessed the way this book would end. I actually had to put the book down for a moment and look up on the internet if there was going to be a sequel or not (so far, no answer). Damn.

So yes, in the end, I enjoyed I See You even though the first part of the book didn’t manage to spark my interest much. I think I might pick up Clare’s other book because I’ve been reading great things about it as well.

My opinion in one gif:

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