Advance Galley Reviews
Zoe Walker is a busy mother of two grown (but still living at home) children. Her partner, Simon, works for a local paper, and Zoe is divorced from her kids' father, Matt. She's tired trying to always make ends meet. One day, Zoe spots an ad in the classifieds that appears to feature her photo. The ad features a website and phone number, but Zoe cannot get into the password-protected site. The next day, the same ad shows a photo of another woman, and so on and so on. Meanwhile, Detective Kelly Swift is struggling to get back in the good graces of the police force after an incident derailed her career. Kelly is working a series of tube (subway)-related incidents, but she really wants to get back into real investigating. When Kelly and Zoe's paths cross, it doesn't seem as if Zoe is in any real danger, but that all changes suddenly.
I absolutely adored Mackintosh's first novel, I Let You Go - it was one of my favorite novels in 2015. It features an amazing twist and a well-written plot. I obviously had high expectations for her sophomore novel. Unfortunately, for me, this one didn't quite live up to my expectations. It's certainly an interesting novel with an intriguing premise, but I didn't buy the premise outside of a novel. You sort of have to suspend disbelief to allow yourself to read on with the plot: even though it's rooted in technology and our society's obsession with technology and dating, the overall construct just seems to be a stretch. The beginning portion of the novel was compelling, but slow, and I kept waiting for it to pick up. I also could see a lot of the plot pieces coming.
The novel alternates between chapters from Zoe's point of view and Kelly's. I liked Kelly's chapters so much more and found myself a bit annoyed going back to Zoe at times - she was whiny and irritating for a while. Kelly was far more nuanced (though a bit too focused on the past), but her chapters were far better at adding suspense and tension. The novel certainly does pick up nearing the end, and I definitely wanted to find out what happened and who was responsible for what.
But even then, the motivation for the "bad guy" was a bit odd and poorly done. Like a lot of the plot, it seemed a bit of a stretch. It was saved somewhat by the epilogue, which offered a good twist (although I had my suspicions), but I wasn't sure it made up for the whole book, and it didn't make me gasp like her first book. (Poor author, being held up to impossible follow-on standards.) Overall, I did find this novel puzzling, though hindered somewhat but a slightly preposterous plot. I'm glad I read it, but I certainly prefer her first novel. (I'll still eagerly await anything from Mackintosh, however!)
The concept of the book was very intriguing and scary. I can picture this happening in way too many places. All humans are creatures of habit and predictable, so we are vunerable.
I enjoyed reading this and trying to guess who was behind the ad's. I never did guess and was very surprised at the end.
Clare Mackintosh has written another great thriller, an edge-of-your-seat kind of story with twists and turns that I never saw coming. And doesn't this title, I See You, just kind of put you on edge too? Creepy!
There are all sorts of suspects and bad people that you think are the good ones. Zoe isn't sure who she can trust. I felt pretty stressed out right along with her, someone may be trying to hurt her, but who could it be?
And wow, what an ending! It's that 'didn't see that twist coming' kind of ending. I've read two of this author's stories now and she is on my must-read list. Love her stories!
From the author of the bestseller I Let You Go. An unsettling reminder to stay alert, trust your instincts, & be aware of your surroundings. Zoe is set in her routine and that predictability is potentially being used against her. An entertaining read & I suspected almost everyone at one point, but I didn't feel like I was at the center of the action. I preferred the investigative over the personal, so really enjoyed PC Kelly Swift's chapters!
Very good book. I love the way Clare Mackintosh writes. She is always a safe bet when you really want a really meaty read. I devoured this book as I am sure everyone else did too. I will leave it at that and simply say, this book is a sure thing so you must read it. Thank you First To Read and Clare Mackintosh.
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Unfortunately I didn't finish before time expired. I had a hard time getting into it. I put it down to go back to it because sometimes I'm just not in the mood for a certain type of book; it often has more to do with my reading mood than the book itself. I figured I'd go back and start at the beginning but time ran out before I could really get into it again. I'm interested enough that I will probably get the book when it comes out to give it another try.
First time reader of Claire MacKintosh and I See You was a great thriller. The way the characters lives intertwine and connect was great. It keeps you reading and guessing until the end.
4 of 5?s
There's the man behind the screen, the one who came up with idea of a very special online service called FindTheOne.com. You aren't told who it is until the end but you get enough hints to figure it out sooner. This book shows you how petty jealousy can destroy lives. Zoe is one of the women on the site; watched, stalked, and in danger. Kelly is one of the cops determined to find the persons behind the crimes and the website and keep any more of the women from dying. Very compelling, stayed up late to finish - couldn't put it down - had to see how it would end.
This is the second book by this author I've read, will be looking forward to all the future releases.
I finished it in single sitting loosing my sleep. It was worth it. An exceptional thriller that kept me hooked from the beginning. Absolutely enjoyed it. 5 Stars...
Once again I failed to finish before the time expired. So sorry! I had a hard time getting into this one. The premise is interesting but it just took a little too long to really pick up. Just didn't really grab me.
I liked this one. The premise of the story really grabbed me because the idea of someone watching when you don't know it is just plain scary. I wouldn't say the book scared me but the idea behind the story is frightening only because of how realistic it really is. I was pulled into this book rather quickly and read the entire book in about a day so it definitely held my attention. This was a very entertaining read that kept me guessing right up until the end.
Zoe is like a lot of other people in that she is a creature of routine. She takes the same route to work and back everyday and follows the same routine. Could this behavior have set her up as a target of a new website? When Zoe notices a picture in the classified section of the paper, she thinks it looks like her but can't believe it. Her loved ones convince her that it couldn't be but she can't quite let it go and shares what she has seen with a local detective.
Kelly gets involved in the case after talking to Zoe. She wants in on the case and pulls a few strings to be assigned to the unit handling it for a period of time. She connects with Zoe and is willing to bend a few rules if that is what it takes to keep her safe. Some women have been victims of crime after their photo ended up in the paper and there has even been a murder. The police are determined to figure out what is going on and stop the crimes from occurring.
This book took a lot of twists and turns and I wasn't ever quite sure who might be responsible. I think that Zoe's feeling of fear and helplessness were accurately displayed while she still had the strength and resolve to continue on with her life. Kelly's perspective added a lot to the book and really illustrated how difficult of a case this really was. I didn't fall in love with any of the characters but I found myself really wanting to see everyone come out of this unharmed with the culprit caught.
I would recommend this book to fans of mystery thrillers. This was a fast paced and exciting novel that had a realistic feel. This is the first book by Clare Mackintosh that I have had a chance to read and I would definitely pick up her work again in the future.
I received an advance reader edition of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via First to Read.
What a fabulous read. I definitely lost some sleep with this one, needing to know what happens next will do that to me. There were so many possibilities and it kept me guessing right up till that unexpected twisty turn at the end. I loved it!
Wow!!! 4****. I received this advanced readers copy in exchange for a review. This story was interesting from the beginning but improved as time went along. I actually didn't want to like this book the characters weren't very relatable or even likable, but the background story really kept the plot moving. I was absolutely floored by the ending and very happy I read this novel.
This was a really great thriller. I am so excited that First to Read gave me the opportunity to read and review it. The author creates a suspenseful mystery with plenty of twists and turns. Who are these women and why are they being targeted and the victims of violent crimes? This book of course had shades and f Girl on the Train, but I think this stands on its own as a really great thriller. I would definitely rate it a 5 out of 5!
If you are looking for a hard-to-predict ending, this is your book. Clare Mackintosh does a phenomenal task, weaving from character point-of-view to character point-of-view, throwing in a few clues and mis-directs along the way. Loved the book and hope that at some point there will be a sequel.
What an amazing read! I can usually guess the end or at least have a feeling who is behind everything before the end, and it surprised me that I was so completely wrong! I loved the way Ms. Mackintosh writes, with it going back and forth between Kelly and Zoe with a little thrown in about the suspect. Very intriguing especially now since it seems no one realizes what is going on around them since we have become technologically dependent on our smartphones. This novel really made me sit up and take notice about what was going on around me. Cannot wait for Ms. Mackintosh's next novel.
Omg, omg you think after everything you've read books wouldn't surprise you and slap you across the face... YOU ARE WRONG.
This book has a nice story, progresses nicely, and has creepy inserts for the baddy.
And by my tone you probably will suspect something when you read, but trust me, you are not prepared unless you actually know. And you won't until the very last page. I seriously cussed this book out. And I hope, nay, plead that there is a sequel in Clare's mind because I need it.
I just can't deal.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a great mystery and suspense that kept me guessing until the end. Wonderful story!
I really liked Clare Mackintosh's first book I Let You Go so I was quite excited when I got started on this one. Mackintosh writes really well with changing perspectives in every chapter or so which gives the reader a very nuanced view of the story. She also lets the characters act wonderfully emotionally which gives the story a great unpredictability along with a number of credible false leads and twists and turns along the way.
I wasn't swept off my feet by this book, but I was very much entertained and look forward to future books by Mackintosh.
Thank you for the opportunity to read I See You by Clare MacIntosh. Zoe Walker has a routine and she is quite unaware she is being observed. She discovers her image in a newspaper and thinks she is looking at herself. Zoe realizes quickly that other females are being stalked and she knows that someone is setting up targets of these women.
Zoe teams up with a cop to find out who is watching her and what his motives are in this gavem of cat and mouse.
At first I found this book slow paced, but I read on and discovered that this was part of the storytelling.
Fans of Macintosh will find this novel gripping and suspenseful. The lead character, Zoe, was predicable and I didn't relate to her myself which took away from my reading experience. This is a good book - 3 stars.
This book immediately reminded me of two previous British mystery thrillers that I read, "Second life" by S.J. Watson and "The Girl on the Train." With the technological component, it really spoke volumes about privacy and voyeurism and the negative way that even an industry like newspapers can be used to manipulate women's safety. I could see it being adapted into a film. I especially appreciated the beginning of some chapters that gave insight into the thought process of the tale's villain. This book really worked and it was exceptional that there was a twist-ending until the very last page. The strong female characters really helped propel the story and the various character histories and traits really gave an array of personality to very different female archetypes.
I look forward to reading more work from Claire Mackintosh in the future. She's an extremely talented writer who engaged me with her storytelling, description and her ability to leave me asking questions and wanting to know more. Whether she continues in the vein of this novel and begins on an entirely new literary path, I look forward to indulging in more of her writing.
I really enjoyed this book more than I thought when I started. It took me a bit to get into the rhythm and the use to unfamiliar words and way of phrasing but once I did I really, although slowly, became addicted to the story.
Imagine someone stalking your every move, memorizing your routine, then selling that info to the random person; not knowing (nor caring) how that info was used. Then imagine finding out that you're on the watch list.
I went back and forward so many times trying to figure out who was behind it all. I was really kept on my toes. And although one of my guesses turned out to be right, I was still shocked at how the story finally played out.
This is definitely a book to recommend to anyone who likes a good suspenseful story.
What if someone tracked your daily routine? What if they then posted it to a website for others to purchase for whatever purposes they wanted and used your photo in the paper to advertise the site? What if you are a reader who regularly takes public transit? Yeah, that last one is me! And the premise of this book freaked me out a bit. Because while I do not always get the same train and do not always sit in the same seat, my schedule is consistent enough that if someone wanted to follow me it probably wouldn't be that difficult. Of course, then things start happening to the women on this site: murder, rape, etc. Yeah, that really started to freak me out. This book had plenty of twists and turns to keep even a person who doesn't fall into the victim's demographic hooked. There were a few parts that felt a big too contrived, but overall it was a well written suspense filled look at how quickly someone can become vulnerable. I'm glad I wasn't reading it while on the train!
Did not finish. Just could not get into it.
First, a big thank you to First to Read for allowing me access to an advanced copy of this book. As always, I am indebted to you.
Every morning and evening Zoe Walker, like so many others, takes the same commute via train, choosing her favorite spot in her favorite car, and never realizes that someone is watching her. It started with the Classified ads. In an ad for Findtheone.com Zoey sees her own photo. How? She never signed up for this, or gave permission. Her family says it either isn't her, or is simply identity theft. Other women have appeared on the same ad, a different one each day. Zoe realizes that many have become the victims of crime- even murder. In full paranoia now, Zoe doesn't know who to trust or where to turn. She needs answers... but the truth is often not what we believe or want.
This book was gripping. I loved it. We went from Zoe's POV, to a detective, to the culprit themselves. Fast paced and riveting, I was spellbound. I adored Zoe, though I will admit I had a very hard time growing close to any other character except PC Swift, who was looking into the crimes. Then again, you only see the others through the eyes of others. I still loved the book. It was creepy, thought provoking and intriguing.
As far as the adult content goes, this had quite a bit. Violence-sexual and otherwise, and language. I would give it a six.
Another fantastic book from Clare Mackintosh! I was completely sucked into the lives of main character Zoe Walker and her family. I worried about her safety every time she went out. I worried about the well being of her family. I sat at the edge of my seat watching the investigation, wondering how they were going to find the person behind the strange advertisements. Was that person also responsible for the attacks on the other women in the adverts? Was Zoe next? And then, as with I Let You Go, she slapped me in the face with a twist I wasn’t expecting! A great psychological thriller that kept me on my toes. An absolute recommend to anyone!
Thanks to Penguin’s First to Read program for the opportunity to read this great book!
If you are in the mood for a psychological thriller, this is a fantastic pick. And that ending!
I thought I had this figured out about halfway through, and although it was a great read, I almost did not finish it. I'm so glad I stayed with it. Such twisty, clever, edge of your seat fun. I am so grateful that I had the chance to review this. Highly recommended.
I just finished reading I See You by Clare Mackintosh, and it was amazing! I loved it! I couldn't stop reading. It left me guessing until the end of the book. I think it's a great concept. The best thing about this story is that it is completely believable and utterly terrifying. I loved the characters and the plot. The story really captivated me. The main character Zoe is very relatable,and I was really rooting for her. I found myself really enjoying all of the characters. This story really pulled me in, and I couldn't put it down. I honestly had never heard of this author before I read this story, but I will be looking for more. I was shocked by the ending. I loved this book. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read this book.
Clever. Mind blowing. Intense. Shocking. All of these words describe I See You and the incredible Clare Mackintosh's writing, but at the same time, none of them seem like enough. I was skeptical in the beginning, because I was trying to connect the dots between all of the different characters and it took me a few pages to do so. However, I was quickly drawn into the lives of each character and became enamored with Zoe Walker's case.
I don't want to ruin the mystery and suspense for those of you who plan to read I See You, (which I hope is everyone because this book is seriously amazing) but this book had me in such a state of shock that I literally was yelling at my iPad.
I See You by Clare Mackintosh was a very gripping novel and perfect for mystery readers. It kept me guessing until the very end (then stunned...) and I just wanted to read more. The premise of the story is terrifying. Someone online records your everyday, routine movements and then puts them up on a secret website for someone to download. That someone may just want to talk to you, ask you out for dinner or may want something more criminal. Zoe Walker finds her picture in the classified ads with a fake number and a website that just asks for a password. She notices other women from the ads that have been assaulted or murdered. She wonders if she could be next. Fast-paced and creepy, I blew through this story. This is the first novel I have read by the author but I will definitely keep my eye out for her other work.
I See You by Clare Mackintosh is a terrifying psychological thriller that will leave you breathless. I was taken in by the premise of the story, and found myself reading non-stop. Though it took me three sittings to complete the entire book, I found myself drawn, and wanted to finish it as early as possible, wanting to know what will happen next. However, I have a grouse. The ending was almost abrupt though it didn't take anything away from the book.
This book had my anxiety at level 10! It started a little bit slow for me, but after the first chapter or two it picked up and I ended up reading the whole thing in one day. The worst (and best) thing about this book was that it was very realistic and I feel as if it could happen in real life. It kept me guessing the whole book as to who was behind everything, and the last page of the book gave me chills. This was the second book by this author I have read and it did not disappoint. I am looking forward to more in the future!
This was a really fun mystery! I did figure out the who done it pretty early on but I thought the way it was revealed was very creepy and effective. The main character, Zoe, did get on my nerves as the story went on because she became over-the-top paranoid. But I enjoyed the book as a whole. Thank you First To Read for the advanced copy.
Good psychological suspense for her 2nd Book. This one didn't have the twists that
stunned me in I Let You Go (the author's first novel and my # 1 favorite read for 2016). To be honest, I'd pretty much figured out who dun it, but overall a very enjoyable & fast read.
Thank you First to Read for an advanced copy of Clare Macintosh's I See You. I would definitely recommend this book for my fellow physiological/mystery and thrill seekers. Although the story moved a bit slow for the first half, the plot and characters made up for that. Macintosh wrote an excellent "who dun it!" The story line definitely captivated me and would not allow me to put down the book.
Zoe Walker, a remarried mother with adult children finds her photograph in the classified section of the London Gazette Newspaper. Along with her photo, a mysterious website and phone number are next to it. With the chain of events, she discovers that multiple women have been place in the classified section and have then had some sort of crime to follow along with it. Zoe soon meets the detective who will help her solve the mystery of who is stalking these London women. I have enjoyed these two strong women immensely! There personalities are written so well into the story.
There are numerous other characters that enter the story: the current husband, the x- husband, the adult children, boyfriends, bosses etc. Macintosh did a great job of making the reader think one way and then twist in a different direction. Suspenseful and intriguing right to the end! The most creepy thing about the story is that something like this could really happen.
With a great plot, well written characters and climatic ending, this read gets 4 stars. Slow to start, but definitely quick to end! Wonderful writing, Clare Macintosh!
I love thrillers, and I was excited to pick up this book. However, I have to say the beginning was rather uneventful and I considered just skipping parts until it got exciting again. Luckily, the book picked up near the end and I actually stayed up until 4am to finish the book. I enjoyed the three different POV's that we got, especially because they all had their own narratives (First, Second ánd Third person narratives were all present). I enjoyed reading about Kelly the most, because I wasn't a huge fan of Zoe at first. Later she grew on me, but overall I just liked Kelly the best. The reveal was incredibly surprising to me, even if I had been suspecting everyone in the book at least once. Definitely going to pick up more of Clare Mackintosh's books in the future!
This was the first book that I have had the pleasure of reading from this author. I struggled to get invested in the story, but once I was in I found it to be quite enjoyable. I found the main character to be overly week and whiny at times, however the strength of the police woman made up for this. I was left guessing until the very end and even after the resolution. I look forward to reading more books from this author.
I See You by Clare Mackintosh is a psychological thriller that builds the tempo with each turn of the page. While some may be tempted to leave the story after 15 to 20 pages, those who stay on will find it enjoyable enough. I love the story of Zoe Walker and the increasing danger that surrounds her. There are several other characters who are important to the overall scheme of things. The story is quite original and the writing also meets my standard.
Wow, what a great book! I was drawn in from the first page. Having read another book from this author, I was expecting a plot twist at the end (we all know we're trying to figure out the "bad guy" throughout the whole book!). Even though I thought it would be the least likely person I could imagine, I was still surprised! Thanks for the great read!
The first couple of chapters I struggled to stay involved in the book. It is written with a British slant that caused me to have to look up a few of the words just to figure out what the author was trying to communicate. I stayed with it and was very glad I did. The story pulls you in and keeps you guessing all the way to the end! I would think I knew who did it only to have a new twist. I could not wait to get to the end to see how it turned out. And it was well worth the time to read! Thank you First to Read for my chance to read and review this book!
I couldn't put this book down. The characters became so real to me that I needed to continue reading and find out what was going to happen -- and just when I thought I had it all figured out...I didn't. Mackintosh's writing is exhilarating, racing, and left me wanting more. This is a great page-turner that will keep you up all night!