Today, I have the pleasure of hosting a brilliant review from a beautiful lady who has been an amazing support to me over the last few months. And the bonus is, she loves all the same books as me! Here is Lynne’s review of I See You, by Clare Mackintosh.
You do the same thing every day.
You know exactly where you’re going.
You’re not alone.
When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation: just a website, a grainy image and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.
Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make . . .
Chapter one sets the scene of the book and starts off with a perfectly ordinary, crowded commute on the London Underground.What is extraordinary is that this particular journey starts a sinister chain of events that seemingly cannot be stopped. The tension starts to ramp up steadily at first, but then builds and builds until you can’t bear it, you want to stop reading but you can’t..
Zoe Walker is a working Mother of two teenagers, struggling with a humdrum job, too much time spent on public transport,a cheating ex husband and a needy new man.Her journeys to and from work add to her discontent as she negotiates the overcrowded carriages, body odour,and consistent lateness of the trains. It is on one of these such journeys when the train is yet again delayed and will make her late home, that she distracts herself by looking at a copy of the Gazette. As she skims over the’ For sale’ ads and ‘Rentals’ her eyes drift to the personal ads and the odd personal services on offer. It is then that her eyes are drawn to a photograph and a website, the photograph is of Zoe herself. She thinks she must be stressed and tired to imagine such a stupid thing, she looks again and again, it IS her, she recognises her own clothes. Who has placed the ad? Is it a joke? Or something else ?
As the story unfolds, more photos have appeared with the same web address, and a woman Zoe recognises from the ad is murdered, are the other women at risk? Is Zoe herself ? The answer to that is most definitely, yes.
Zoe struggles to convince family, friends and the police that she is at risk and she is viewed as anything from neurotic to a woman with a sideline in the evenings, hence the advert.Will anyone believe she is in danger as she embarks on a quest to not only save herself, and the other women, but her daughter too ?
You will suspect everyone you encounter in this book, from the policeman, to the boss, the ex husband.The author ramps up the tension until you are there on the tube with someone pressed up against you , it’s both sweaty and chilling and you will want to take a shower.
If you read this book, train travel will never be the same, you will look over your shoulder again and again and again !
Clare Mackintosh brings a great sense of realism to the crime aspect of this book as she is ex police herself and gives great insight into the seedy underbelly of a city’s travel network.She does something only certain authors get away with doing, and that is making you see something you know is there, but you have so far avoided looking at. It’s a twisty turny book that leaves you decidedly unsettled.
Clare is fast becoming one of my favourite authors and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
Thank you to Amanda for allowing me to be a ‘Guest reviewer’ on chocolate pages.