I SEE YOU by Clare Mackintosh

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Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: February 21, 2017
Source: Review copy from the publisher
Rating: ★★★★


The author of the New York Times bestseller I Let You Go propels readers into a dark and claustrophobic thriller, in which a normal, everyday woman becomes trapped in the confines of her normal, everyday world…

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 a 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…


Clare Mackintosh’s debut novel I LET YOU GO was one of my favorite books last year, so I was excited to read her follow up. I SEE YOU is an intriguing blend of psychological thriller and police procedural told from different POVs in alternating chapters.

The story grabbed my attention right away. When Zoe sees her photo advertising a mysterious website, she is understandably concerned. Her concern turns to panic when she realizes other women whose photos have appeared in the same ad have become victims of terrible crimes. Who is behind this awful site, and is she the next victim?

I flew through this book quickly. The chapters alternated between Zoe, Kelly (a cop investigating the case), and a mysterious third person. The author did a great job of building suspense by ending chapters with mini cliff hangers. I had to cheat several times and peek ahead.

The premise of this book was an interesting and unsettling concept, especially in the social media age, though maybe not entirely plausible. While I was quite surprised to learn who was behind the website, I was a bit let down at the reasoning behind it. Overall, though, I enjoyed the book, and it kept me guessing about who the baddie was until the end.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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6 thoughts on “I SEE YOU by Clare Mackintosh

  1. I did like the cliff hangers, and the third person was so creepy. :)

    I didn’t like this book as much as her first book because for me the suspense took too long to appear. :) The ending was worth the wait, though. :)

    Thanks for your marvelous review.

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My Blog

  2. I read this one in print a while back and then decided to listen to it on audio. I began that today and am enjoying it just as much or maybe more. I agree with Elizabeth that this one took a bit longer to get going on the suspense side, as opposed to the her first book, but once it did…whew! Even the thought of having to deal with the situation presented gives me shivers. These days, our lives are so much less private than they used to be – many times through no fault of our own.

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