Review and Giveaway: I See You

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 grainy image, a website address 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 it someone keeping track of every move they make…

I See YouIt’s no secret that I have been a fan of Clare Mackintosh since I picked up her debut novel I Let You Go and… Well… Couldn’t let it go! I stayed up until the early hours because it was too gripping to put down. If you haven’t read I Let You Go, or heard of Mackintosh, check out my review of I Let You Go here!

Needless to say, I have been eagerly anticipating the release of Mackintosh’s second novel from the second I put down the first. I follow Clare Mackintosh quite closely on Twitter, and have spent the last few months waiting for the release. In the run up, I signed up to her bookclub, checked Twitter and Facebook and basically found myself counting down the days until I could get my hands on a copy! This is the first time I have been this excited about the release of a book since the Harry Potter series… High accolade indeed!

I am glad that I signed up to everything, as Clare Mackintosh did not disappoint. As part of her bookclub newsletter, she released the first chapter of I See You for everyone to read, which I lapped up (if you’re interested, sign up here!). Chapter 3 of the audiobook was also released, which is read by Rachel Atkins, who has an incredible ability to unnerve through her reading. I listened to it at work, and the opening line … “I see you. But you don’t see me.” … definitely unsettled the people who were sitting around me when I played it without warning… (sorry Tom!)

I was lucky enough to receive my copy of I See You before the release and I am so excited to be writing this review for you now. Clare Mackintosh has done it again. It was another late night read that I couldn’t put down. The difference between this and I Let You Go is stark though – while her debut novel is mysterious and captures your imagination, surprises you and twists and turns, her second is definitely a lot creepier, and part of this comes down to her expert use of perspective.

Her novels follow a similar writing style, with the use of differing narrative perspectives, switching between first person protagonist and third person police enquiry – a nod to her background in the police force, which only strengthens her writing. It is this which makes it so utterly readable, in my opinion. I love the way that each perspective brings something new into both novels. I See You boasts a third narrative perspective, and it is this which gives the novel it’s unsettling dynamic. You hear this third perspective from the anonymous antagonist in the audiobook extract, and I think that extract alone shows you the tone that Mackintosh has managed to achieve.

And… That ending…!

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I See You is out on Thursday 28th July, so you don’t have long to wait! Both novels are stand alone cases, so the order doesn’t matter, but I recommend reading both! I am giving my lovely readers the chance to win a brand new copy of I See YouTo enter, comment to tell me the best book you have ever read and why, either here on the blog, or on my Facebook page post. I will be choosing a winner on MONDAY 1st AUGUST, and your copy will be sent out shortly after!

It could be a summer holiday reader, or one to read on the commute to work… Although it might make you never want to travel alone again!

C ♡

 

 

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  One thought on “Review and Giveaway: I See You

  1. July 26, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Definitely adding to my TBR pile!
    My favourite book is Jane Eyre because of Jane’s character development, the relationship dynamic, and the beautiful prose. However, it’s mainly because I swoon after Mr.Rochester *sigh* 😉

  2. July 26, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    I loved the first one, it really surprised me! My all time favorite is Tove Janssons The summer book. The language is so beautiful and the author spent her summer nearby where I live!

  3. Monique Hogan
    July 28, 2016 at 12:59 am

    It’s hard to pick just one but one if my top books is Outlander.

  4. Juliet Rean
    July 28, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    I love ‘The Day of the Jackal’ because I feel as if I am living the adventure as I read it.

  5. Bube
    July 29, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Dream a little Dream by Susan Elizabeth Phillips,great,amazing,emotional story,funny,but also with wise message 🙂

  6. Dawn obrien
    July 30, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    I loved child 44 because I love books about Russia and thrillers, I read it on holiday on the beach in a day and half without a break for a cool down swim or lunch as I loved it so much and couldn’t put it down, it gripped me so much!

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