Book review | I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Author: Clare Mackintosh

Genre: Suspense, Crime Thriller

No. of pages: 372

Published by: Sphere

Published on: 16th May 2017 

Format: Paperback 

My rating: ★★★☆☆

The author of the award winning, smash 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 listing for a website called 

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 rape and 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. For now 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…

I was extremely excited when I got to know that I would be receiving this book for review purposes. Being a devoted fan of crime thrillers I was expecting a lot from this book. But did it let me down? Umm... Yeah, a little bit. But before you make up your minds, hear me out. 

I was struggling to pay attention from the very beginning. The book starts out slow. I mean, really slow. Almost 100 pages in and the book was still rambling about the protagonists' background. The main story kick-starts only when after a 100 or so pages. But once it starts the book becomes addictive and the whodunnit part gives you goosebumps. 

The book is well researched. One of the main reasons why the book turned out to be slow paced because of the excessive amount of information inputted in the book. The book deals with London's underground railways or the 'Tube', as it is famously termed as. Since the book revolves around the theme where women are followed by stalkers while on their daily commute through the Tube, the author has incorporated extensive details about London's underground stations. The book also deals about a lot about London's different systematic police departments. So I will give full credits to the author for bringing out London's essence to readers worldwide. 

I liked the theme of the story. Cyber crime is increasing terrifyingly. So the perils of cyberspace is very well delivered in the book. The book also showed a very good side of the police and legal proceedings. 

In all and all, this book is definitely recommended to all thriller addicts. 

One of the positive side of the book is its characters. Though I must say that the author spend a lot of pages sketching the characteristics of the protagonists, the characters are very realistic and relatable. The protagonist Zoe Walker is a single mother and how she raised her 2 grown up kids with the limited pay she received is very well portrayed. The other protagonist is the Detective who is working on Zoe Walker's case. Detective Kelly Swift has her own troubles and how she surpasses these troubles in order to solve the case at hand is well brought out. The book also gives proper character sketch to the other important characters. Zoe's children and her current partner, Zoe's friendly neighbour and Kelly's sister. 

Clare Mackintosh spent twelve years in the police force, including time on CID and as a public order commander. She left the police in 2011 to work as a freelance journalist and social media consultant and is the founder of the Chipping Norton Literary Festival. She now writes full time and lives in the Cotswolds with her husband and their three children.

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I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange of an honest and unbiased review. 


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