I See You by Clare MackintoshI See You by Clare Mackintosh

I See You

byClare Mackintosh

Paperback | November 29, 2016

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“[A] well-told suspense story...refreshingly realistic.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“Danger feels real in the brilliant I See You…Mackintosh seems destined to do important work for many years to come.”—The Washington Post
 
“Mackintosh allots her characters the perfect amount of back story, allowing them to carry their own weight throughout the investigation. She also casts enough extras to keep readers guessing who could be behind these attacks…readers may find themselves wanting to reread this one.”—Associated Press

“[A] deliciously creepy tale of urban paranoia.”—Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10

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 is an award-winning New York Times and international bestselling author. She spent twelve years on the police force in England and has written for the Guardian, Good Housekeeping, and other publications. A columnist for Cotswold Life, she is the founder of Chipping Norton Literary Festival and lives in North Wales with...
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Title:I See YouFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.99 × 5.97 × 0.98 inPublished:November 29, 2016Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Expected More After reading glowing reviews for this book, I expected a truly scary, shivers-down-the-spine kind of book that would keep me up all night. As it was, the only reason this book kept me up until 1 am was an increasing desire to finish it and be done with its cast of aggravating characters. This book could also be titled "Everybody Makes The Wrong Decision And Suffers The Consequences". Maybe I had my expectations set too high, but this book really disappointed me. I've recommended it to a friend, regardless, as she's been wanting to read it for a while, and I admit I'm curious to see what she thinks of it. Previous fans of Clare Mackintosh would be sure to enjoy this, as well as those who enjoy a good psychological thriller. It reminded me a lot of "Criminal Minds", which could be why I didn't care for it, but either way, Mackintosh knows how to spin a good tale.
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Pretty good thriller. Not the best, not the worst.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really great read that makes you think This book taps into something I have thought about before, which really brings out a common paranoia that automatically draws you into the story. I have to agree with other reviews that the ending was a little interesting, but at the same time it keeps with the whole theme of the book.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Paranoia Arose This book was a fantastic read that gets in your head You get involved with the characters paranoia, blaming, jumping conclusions I didn't quite love the ending but its all part of the twist that leaves you feeling wanting more.
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great premise, good story. Love, love, love the premise of this story - very relatable for someone who spends lots of time on transit. Found it to be intriguing and page turning. More character development would have helped, the big reveal seemed unlikely and just for shock value. I think the premise could have been so much better executed but still thoroughly enjoyed.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nice Such a simple yet inspirational little book...
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put It Down! I don't know what made this book so special and thrilling for me but i just couldn't bring myself to put it down until i knew the truth.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just OK On her daily commute, Zoe is shocked to find her picture in a newspaper alongside an ad for a website called “findtheone.com”. She soon finds that she is not alone; other women had have their pictures featured alongside the same ad. She is horrified to discover that many of them have recently become victims of serious crimes. Working with a police officer (who has a backstory and issues of her own to contend with), Zoe attempts to solve the mystery of the photo and advertisement. As the investigation proceeds, she becomes increasingly afraid that she is also going to be attacked. She generally becomes suspicious of anyone she has ever met. A promising story line but I felt this book sort of lost its momentum in the middle. The book did have Mackintosh’s signature “twist” at the end, which helped to jazz things up a bit. I would certainly give this author another try even though I thought her other book “I Let You Go” was much better. 3 stars.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Such a twisted ending and I couldn't put this book down! I love books like this where they keep you guessing!
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thoroughly Enjoyed I found this one to be a bit lighter than her first novel, but it was very enjoyable. The build up to the end when the villain is revealed was great, but found the climax and villain reveal a bit tired and overdone. Overall though it was easy to read, hard to put down and well written. Still liked her first novel better but would recommend this one too.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoyed it A bit draggy at times but I still liked it
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I See You A great thriller with an unexpected ending.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not great. Relatively fast-paced, but just not that well-written.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from decent Expected more to be honest.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cool What a great choice, lovely little tidbits here.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring and full of small talk If I could give this a zero rating I would. Probably one of the worst books I've read to date. It was full of small talk and run on conversations that had nothing to do with the story. The only significant part of the book was the last 30 pages and even then it was full of disappointment
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I See You It was very suspenseful, I did not expect the ending at all.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling Must read- had a hard time putting it down
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from #plumreview probably one of the best books, if not the best book, I've ever read! It does take 6-7 chapters to really get into it and start understanding it but once i did i couldn't put it down! the ending is chilling and amazing!
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chilling I give this closer to 3.75 stars. It was an enjoyable read. I didn't predict the ending (I don't usually LOL) but you always know there's going to be some kind of twist in these kinds of books. It's just a matter of what the twist itself will be. So although I didn't predict it, I wasn't entirely surprised by it. That said, the book does have a chilling concept in that you never know who is watching you. In this age of digital technology when there are cameras everywhere, it's a little disconcerting. I will probably pay a little more attention if/when I'm on public transport!
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not good at all i had a hard time reading this and ended up putting it down. i never finished.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Diabolical A creepy concept but an excellent read.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Favorite! This book was one of my favorites with an unpredictable story line that keeps you guessing. Very suspenseful and well-written.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspenseful this 2nd book by this author started out slow for me, and at times my mind wandered while reading. the book picks up by about chapter 11 and then it really gets going. I did enjoy it and didn't figure it out until the author tells us, and there is a chilling twist. The writing is good but the story could have been trimmed a bit. This is a stand alone book, as the detectives and cops from her previous book don't carry forward from the last book. Will be interesting to see where her next book takes us as readers.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the book A page turner to the end. Surprised by the unexpected twist in the ending!
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Who needs sleep when you have a great book to read Could not stop reading this one. Glad I am not commuting on a train as I think I would be very paranoid after reading this book. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat, great from start to finish. Final paragraph of book, leaves you thinking there could be a sequel.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ!!!! i loved the book from beginning to end. made me a little paranoid but the ending BLEW MY MIND!!!!!
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST-READ This was my first Claire Mackintosh book and after reading it I am definitely drinking the kool-aid. The plot was awesome and kept me hungry for more after every chapter. It was fun, entertaining, and thrilling to read and definitely a book I am keeping in my library to read again at another point in time. Looking forward to reading more of Claire's exciting books!
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read Read this book in a couple of days. Could not put it down. The ending made me gasp!
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I read this book in just a few days. I couldn't put it down and found myself thinking about the characters and storyline even when I wasn't reading. If I lived in London still I might be a bit paranoid now! It delivers a good story and an ending I wasn't expecting. A really good read.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh This book was really hard to get into which kind of ruined it for me.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I had a tiny bit of trouble getting in to this book but oh my goodness, once I did, I couldn't put it down. Never saw that ending coming at all! (and that's the best kind of book)
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great suspenseful book! Definitely a good read for anyone who likes mystery books or criminal minds! The last page will leave you shocked!
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Book to read! I love suspense books and this book did not disapoint!
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from quick read I was on the plane and finished this book in 3 days! definitely gave me the creeps when it was dark - good read!
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Original Great book to read, especially if you travel or did traveled at one time underground. Makes you wonder how you would react if it happens to you.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Interesting An amazing book that was so good to read. This first book that she wrote was good and so I was a bit skeptical about reading this book but it was just as good.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! What an awesome creepy crawly read! This was a real page turner and kept me guessing throughout. I'm really hoping there's a second book to follow this one.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't even finish I couldn't get into this book at all. Finally half way through, I put it down and started something else.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed very much Great mystery; had me suspecting everyone. Also, author created an ingenious type of crime; also good at creating a sense of creepiness.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very good this book was well written and the plot is very interesting. definitely worth the read
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting Exciting plot, unique premise, gripping suspense.. you will devour this book!
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding thriller! I loved it! Last year my #1 thriller read was "I let you go" by Clare Mackintosh. It was a debut novel and I couldn't imagine that she could possibly retain that caliber in a second novel. She did! "I see you" has two main female protagonists. Forty year old Zoe Walker, who works in London and commutes every day in the London Underground. One day in November, after a long and tiring day she is on her way home in the subway when she sees a 'singles advert' with a picture of a woman who looks like HER! That is strange enough in and of itself, until she realizes that on other days other woman are pictured and one of them has recently been murdered! Zoe lives with her partner Simon and her two grown children, Justin and Katie. She left her ex-husband Matt when he was unfaithful, though she now realizes that he does still love her. She married Matt when she was very young as her pregnancy with Justin interrupted their plans. Her children do not understand why she left their father as she has never fully explained his infidelity. Justin in particular has never taken to her new partner Simon and is not afraid to show his animosity. Kelly Swift is a young, keen, ambitious, and very talented copper. She has an identical twin sister, Lexi, who although now happily married and the mother of two boys - was raped while attending university. Kelly took the trauma of the rape even harder than Lexi did, and still suffers from nightmares. Four years ago, when working a rape case, she lost control and attacked a suspect. She was 'off sick' for nine months and then reinstated to duty as a PC. A demotion as punishment for losing control. When Zoe Walker telephones her and alerts her to the 'adverts' her detective's nose senses something deeper. It seems that other crimes against women can be connected to the adverts... When the team in charge of the latest murder dismiss her concerns she contacts her old boss to put in a good word for her. He does and she is transferred temporarily to the Murder Investigation Team. When her new DI recognizes the validity of her concerns that the murder is directly connected to the newspaper advertisements, Operation FURNISS is opened. They trace the adverts to a website: FindTheOne.com In two weeks , due to savvy police work, they connect three murders, six sexual assaults, and more than a dozen other crimes against women directly to the adverts. Meanwhile, Zoe Walker and many other women are being targeted and are in real danger. This was a FANTASTIC crime thriller - reminding me why I love the genre! It contained every element that I appreciate. A tight plot, well fleshed out characters, a red-herring or two, a couple of jaw-dropping twists and an ending that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand to attention. Well done Clare Mackintosh!! Although "I see you" is a stand-alone novel, I personally would LOVE to see policewoman Kelly Swift return in further novels. She was a great character.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Usually not into mysteries, but i really loved this book! The characters, the plotline, the complex and interesting dialogue. I loved the unique premise. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! This was a good book, great twist at the end! Enjoyed it more than I Let You Go.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read This was a read with an unexpected twist at the end! I didn't expect it at all.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Fantastic story (especially if you plan on reading it on your commute), with a bunch of predictable twists and turns... until they're not so predictable!! You think you know what's going to happen and then BAM!
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! I liked "I Let You Go" so I thought I would give Clare Mackintosh's new book a try. A great read with an unexpected twist at the end!
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy! It's unnerving to realize that nothing is safe these days in this digital world. Some women , who have fixed office commute everyday have no idea someone is watching them and sneakingly taking their pictures , posting them on a dating website FindTheOne.com! Who are the customers ? Men who are looking for casual hookups . What would be more effective for these men to find out that a girl goes from this station to that at the precise time. What coat does she wear ? What handbag she carries ? Which coffee shop she stops and what does she order ? For a customer , it's a new way to explore women in Tube. Creepy , right ? Well yes, it did creep me out. Thanks to the book, I'd never see public transportation in the same way again.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read Ingenious idea. Full of surprises right to the end.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't Like It It held my attention long enough for me to finish it (some don't), but I didn't love it. It might have been the author's style of writing more than anything.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED IT My first book from this author and I enjoyed this book. It kept me wanting more....I did finally sort of figured it out before the actual climax and did figure the twist at the end before all that as well....but have to say well done
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it Great story, did not expect the ending. A great twist in the end. A must read.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really good I bought this book because I loved Clare Mackintosh's "I let you go" and this book was really good but I let you go is still my favourite.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a story! A great addition to your library.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from O.k. It's a good story but not earth shattering. I would still recommend this novel
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Much better than a lot of books I've previously read from this genre. Well. Okay. So that ending was terrifying and now after all that I will be even more skeptical of the people around me, the people who are strangers and perhaps even the people who don't seem like strangers to me. I wonder if we'll get a sequel to this considering the ending or if that's how this was meant to end: on a very creepy you better watch your back all the time note! This story was good starting off at some point I started to get the slight feeling of it dragging but it didn't take long to pick up and the last 100 pages really escalated and plot twists just kept popping up from out of nowhere right up to the very end of the last page! I liked the family interactions involving Zoe and her kids. It was sometimes humorous and always entertaining. I just enjoyed the dialogue and interactions between them. The story is well-written. A few parts seemed to have too much description but that might just be my personal opinion. The majority of it had a good way of describing actions and events and it seemed to have the most fitting words. The extra stuff with Kelly's backstory, and the drama from the other characters' lives kept things pretty interesting despite the story not seeming to take off much till page 200. But things really did get quite interesting from there. The mystery and other crazy secrets being revealed. The insight into the life of a police officer and seeing what it is like for them when dealing with cases involving someone they love was... if I could think of a better word aside from interesting I would use it but yes it was interesting I enjoyed that insight very much. Overall, damn this was good.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as I LET YOU GO I lover her book I let you go, so I was excited to read this one ...however it fell a bit flat for me. It took so long to find out who was behind everything that once the big shock came there was only 30 pages left. Overall not terrible but not amazing
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok read. Not as good as her first novel but enjoyable read.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from i love it ! this book was suggested to me from the sales lady at chapters and i am so happy i bought it! always keeping you guessing!
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid read! I bought this book on a whim. The sales clerk at Chapters recommended it. Overall, this is a solid read. There is good character development and a lot of intrigue to keep you guessing. Premise is fresh!
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book I enjoyed this book. Not "great literature" but was a good read. Characters could have been developed more. Storyline was dubious at times. But there was something about this book which kept me interested. And a smashing good, unexpected end!
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay read This book started out slow for me. While it had a creepiness factor to it I did not find it very suspenseful or gripping and felt that the ending was predictable and fell kind of flat for me.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I'm so happy I read this book. There's something about trains to make a novel good.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent read such an incredible author! I let you go and now I see you- wonderful reads
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good #plumreview This book held my interest from the first page. The characters were interesting and the story was unique. I couldn't wait to,see what would happen.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Only at the end ... A gripping thriller set in London, by British author Claire Mackintosh, who also wrote I Let You Go, which was very well received. In the midst of her very ordinary life, a chance glimpse at a free newspaper causes Zoe Walker to grapple with potential paranoia and examine her relationships with those around her, including her children, partner and best friend. All is not revealed until the very end!
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book I bought this book without realizing it is set in England and written by a British author. As I am British now living in Canada maybe I enjoyed it more as felt like I was back home. Loved it from the beginning...really didnt know who it was till the end...definitely will be reading more of her novels!!!
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great one from Clare Mackintosh This was another great thriller by Clare Mackintosh - a nail-biter until the very last page. She has a way of making you feel uncomfortable in your own home even though what she's writing is fictitious. 'I See You' is about a new age of stalking and this author will have you naming a new culprit after every chapter.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good story #plumreview. I enjoyed this book very much. The ending was a little easy to predict, but overall a good book.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad I liked this book but unfortunately I didn't love it. The plot is good and the creepiness factor is high but the suspense is almost nonexistent. I did want to know who was behind the pictures in the paper and the website and I did want to find out how it all came together. But, and this is a big but, I didn't particularly like Zoe and found her to be a bit of a wimp. She cries at the drop of a hat, she complains about everything and she's kind of selfish. I was not able to connect emotionally to any of the characters, except maybe Kelly who is the police officer involved in investigating the crime/s. I read I Let You Go and was blown away by the emotion and that moment when you actually cry out in surprise. Sadly, this book was missing those two critical factors. I found that I wavered between suspects and finally at the end, was not really surprised. I have to say that despite all of these things, I did keep turning pages and had a hard time putting the book down. I would say that this is because of this author's excellent writing skills and her ability to describe places so well that you are actually there...
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! I got this as a gift for Christmas and loved it - page turner for sure! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great novel This was such a great read, I highly recommend it. You will not want to put it down, read it.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ending saved the book literally the very last page got me excited to think that there may be a part 2 and hopefully part 2 would be better writting than this, very hard to read!
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must read! Loved this book! I didn't take to it right away though; well worth the read. Truly enjoyed it! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this! Really good! I couldn't put it down, she really grabs you and pulls you in, worth the read!!
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The ending saved the book Excellent plot line, I picked this book up because I enjoyed The Girl On The Train but this book was a bit underwhelming. It's a great concept, but becomes overly complicated. At times it feels too many characters are involved without any character development. The very last page however does make up for an otherwise mediocre book
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! Wonderfully Creepy! Well crafted, intense and incredibly riveting! This is an engrossing hair-raising thriller that touches on just how much people are creatures of habit and how vulnerable that routine behaviour truly makes us. It is a story about jealousy, greed, manipulation, trust, deception, violence, and murder. The characters are complex, multi-layered, and determined. The writing is well done. And the plot builds nicely and shifts effortlessly as it alternates between the heroine's point of view and the ongoing investigation, interspersed with the occasional perpetrator's point of view which continues to elevate the tension and creepiness throughout. I would have to say this truly is a well written suspenseful mystery that highlights the perverse and nefarious side of human nature and has enough twists, turns and surprises to make it a definite must read in my book.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intersting Very interesting and captivating. Made me want to keep reading!
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it!! This is such a great novel, I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great and easy read Great book! Did not expect some of the twitsts. Really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Once again she pulls you in. I loved this book.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing storyline This book got my interest from the first chapter. It is scary that this could actually happen. This was such a page turner that it was easy to read within a few days. #indigoemployee
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could Not Put it Down! I borrowed this book from a friend and started it the night I got it and finished it the next day! It usually takes me at least a few days to read a book from start to finish, but this one was so gripping, I couldn't stop! I am a huge fan of thrillers like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, and this book is definitely in my top 5 for that genre! Read it! You won't be disappointed! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I was given this book 2 weeks ago as a birthday present. Absolutely wonderful Loved every bit
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked this This is a great suspense novel. The plot and writing are very imaginative
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Makes you think about your habits...
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super intense Exciting, mysterious and hypnotic. I greatly enjoyed reading it. Everything about this book hooked me from beginning to end. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intense and entertaining Great mystery which maintains interest both plot wise and character wise. Recommended read.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I See You Very readable, suspenseful book. I heard the author speak and thought she was funny and smart. This book is great. It makes you rethink your social media habits and sticks with you long after you read it's last sentence!
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read!! This book grabs your attention from the first page, this is a highly must read!
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I really loved this book - it was a little bit slow for my taste at the beginning, but then I couldn't put it down! Brought the book with me everywhere so I could keep reading it.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good book to read A little slow at the start but finishes strong!
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from IT WAS GOOD Her first book has become one of my favourites, so I had to give her second one a go. This book is very good, but not as good as her first one. A bit more predictable and this one reminds me a lot of The Girl on the Train, with the twist being close to home..it did convince though to make my social media more private hah!
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well Written, A Little Slow While the plot line is interesting, and the characters are believable, I found I never really got hooked into the story! I found the story moved really slowly, and things don't really get going until the very end of the book. It was well written, though, hence the three stars! (I absolutely recommend Mackintosh's first book, I Let You Go.)
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Really enjoyed this book. Really makes you realize how easy we are to become targets of craziness. Awesome book...couldn't put down.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting! I picked this book up because I had just finished reading "I Let You Go". This is another fantastic book by Clare Mackintosh! It is full of twists and turns that are great in a thriller. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting! I picked this book up because I had just finished reading "I Let You Go". This is another fantastic book by Clare Mackintosh! It is full of twists and turns that are great in a thriller. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stellar Well, I can now happily say that Clare Mackintosh is, in fact, a stellar storyteller. Hey, it happens... an author's debut novel is a brilliant one and then, well, the follow ups aren't up to par. However, after reading 'I Let You Go', I knew that as soon as Clare's next book, 'I See You', was released, I would be picking it up and man, am I ever glad that I did because it was just as good, if not better than her debut novel. While you can classify both of Clare Mackintosh's novels along the same genre, suspense/mystery/thriller... 'I See You' had an extra spine-tingling factor to it in that you had no idea who was behind the crimes and the fact that there could be someone watching your every move is just super creepy. This was definitely an on the edge of your seat type of book and one that I could see many people enjoying in the fall, as things start to get a little dark and mysterious out. As for the characters, I like both Kelly and Zoe and while they can be classified as 'unreliable narrators', I have come to realize that I quite like that and enjoy not really knowing what's going on. The fact that Zoe is so innocent and couldn't see anyone is her life as a prime suspect made me feel like everyone was. Kelly, being the toughen cop with a mysterious past, made for a very enjoyable, fly by the seat of your pants, character. Overall, an amazing book and one that I will definitely be recommending to all my friends. Clare Mackintosh is up there with my favourite suspense author, Chevy Stevens, and I cannot wait for her next book to come out.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Major twist I found the book to start off a bit slow, then a major twist happens out of nowhere! Did not see it coming. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from god read took away this book on a recent holiday. It is the perfect read for that. Well written and certainly a page turner. I really like this author's style of writing although it did fall a little short at the end but up until then I did enjoy it very much.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another winner! Another great book by Claire Mackintosh. It kept me guessing the whole time. Finished reading it in record time, I really couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Absolutely Delicious Edge of your seat reading...could not put it down! So delicious!!
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! Fantastic! Another fantastic book from Clare Mackintosh! I was completely sucked into the lives of main character Zoe Walker and her family.
Date published: 2016-11-25

Read from the Book

Chapter OneThe man behind me is standing close enough to moisten the skin on my neck with his breath. I move my feet forward an inch and press myself into a gray overcoat that smells of wet dog. It feels as if it hasn't stopped raining since the start of November, and a light steam rises from the hot bodies jammed against one another. A briefcase jabs into my thigh. As the train judders around a corner I'm held upright by the weight of people surrounding me, one unwilling hand against the gray overcoat for temporary support. At Tower Hill the carriage spits out a dozen commuters and swallows two dozen more, all hell-bent on getting home for the weekend."Use the whole carriage!" comes the announcement. Nobody moves.The gray overcoat has gone, and I've shuffled into its place, preferable because I can now reach the handrail, and because I no longer have a stranger's DNA on my neck. My handbag has swung around behind my body, and I tug it in front of me. Two Japanese tourists are wearing gigantic rucksacks on their chests, taking up the space of another two people. A woman across the carriage sees me looking at them; she catches my eye and grimaces in solidarity. I accept the eye contact fleetingly, then look down at my feet. The shoes around me vary: the men's are large and shiny, beneath pinstriped hems; the women's heeled and colorful, toes crammed into impossible points. Among the legs I see a pair of sleek stockings; opaque black nylon ending in stark white trainers. The owner is hidden, but I imagine her to be in her twenties, a pair of vertiginous office heels stashed in a capacious handbag, or in a drawer at work.I've never worn heels during the day. I was barely out of my Clarks lace-ups when I fell pregnant with Justin, and there was no place for heels on a Tesco checkout, or coaxing a toddler up the main street. Now I'm old enough to know better. An hour on the train on the way into work; another hour on the way home. Tripping up broken escalators. Run over by strollers and bikes. And for what? For eight hours behind a desk. I'll save my heels for high days and holidays. I wear a self-imposed uniform of black trousers and an array of stretchy tops that don't need ironing and are just smart enough to pass as office-wear; with a cardigan kept in my bottom drawer for busy days when the door's forever opening and the heat disappears with every prospective client.The train stops and I push my way onto the platform. I take the Overground from here, and although it's often as busy, I prefer it. Being underground makes me feel uneasy; unable to breathe, even though I know it's all in my head. I dream of working somewhere close enough to walk to, but it's never going to happen: the only jobs worth taking are in zone one; the only affordable mortgages in zone four.I have to wait for my train, and at the rack by the ticket machine, I pick up a copy of the London Gazette, its headlines appropriately grim for today's date: Friday, November 13. The police have foiled another terrorism plot: the front three pages are rammed with images of explosives they've seized from a flat in North London. I flick through photos of bearded men, and move to find the crack in the tarmac beneath the platform sign, where the carriage door will open. My careful positioning means I can slide into my favorite spot before the carriage fills up: on the end of the row, where I can lean against the glass barrier. The rest of the carriage fills quickly, and I glance at the people still standing, guiltily relieved to see no one old, or obviously pregnant. Despite the flat shoes, my feet ache, thanks to standing by the filing cabinets for most of the day. I'm not supposed to do the filing. There's a girl who comes in to photocopy property details and keep the cabinets in order, but she's in Mallorca for a fortnight and from what I saw today she can't have done any filing for weeks. I found residential mixed up with commercial, and rentals muddled up with sales, and I made the mistake of saying so."You'd better sort it out, then, Zoe," Graham said. So instead of booking viewings I stood in the drafty corridor outside Graham's office, wishing I hadn't opened my mouth. Hallow & Reed isn't a bad place to work. I used to do the books one day a week, then the office manager went on maternity leave and Graham asked me to fill in. I was a bookkeeper, not a PA, but the money was decent and I'd lost a couple of clients, so I jumped at the chance. Three years later, I'm still there.By the time we reach Canada Water the carriage has thinned out and the only people standing are there by choice. The man sitting next to me has his legs so wide apart I have to angle mine away, and when I look at the row of passengers opposite I see two other men doing the same. Is it a conscious thing? Or some innate need to make themselves bigger than everyone else? The woman immediately in front of me moves her shopping bag and I hear the unmistakable clink of a wine bottle. I hope Simon has thought to put one in the fridge; it's been a long week and right now all I want to do is curl up on the sofa and watch telly.A few pages into the London Gazette some former X Factor finalist is complaining about the "pressures of fame," and there's a debate on privacy laws that covers the better part of a page. I'm reading without taking in the words: looking at the pictures and scanning the headlines so I don't feel completely out of the loop. I can't remember the last time I actually read a whole newspaper, or sat down to watch the news from start to finish.It's always snatches of Sky News while I'm eating breakfast, or the headlines read over someone's shoulder on the way in to work.The train stops between Sydenham and Crystal Palace. I hear a frustrated sigh from farther up the carriage but don't bother looking to see who it's from. It's already dark and when I glance at the windows all I see is my own face looking back at me; even paler than it is in real life, and distorted by rain. I take off my glasses and rub at the dents they leave on either side of my nose. We hear the crackle of an announcement, but it's so muffled and heavily accented there's no telling what it was about. It could have been anything from signal failure to a body on the line.I hope it's not a body. I think of my glass of wine, and Simon rubbing my feet on the sofa, then feel guilty that my first thought is about my own comfort, not the desperation of some poor suicidal soul. I'm sure it's not a body. Bodies are for Monday mornings, not Friday evenings, when work is a blissful three days away.There's a creaking noise and then silence. Whatever the delay is, it's going to be a while."That's not a good sign," the man next to me says."Hmm," I say noncommittally. I carry on turning the pages of my newspaper, but I'm not interested in sports and now it's mostly adverts and theater reviews. I won't be home till after seven at this rate; we'll have to have something easy for tea, rather than the baked chicken I'd planned. Simon cooks during the week, and I do Friday evening and the weekend. He'd do that, too, if I asked him, but I couldn't have that. I couldn't have him cooking for us-for my children-every night. Maybe I'll pick up a takeaway.I skip over the business section and look at the crossword, but I don't have a pen with me. So I read the adverts, thinking I might see a job for Katie-or me, come to that, although I know I'll never leave Hallow & Reed. It pays well and I know what I'm doing now, and if it weren't for my boss it would be perfect. The customers are nice, for the most part. They're generally start-ups looking for office space, or businesses that have done well, ready for a bigger place. We don't do much residential, but the flats above the shops work for the first-time buyers and the downsizers. I meet a fair number of recently separateds. Sometimes, if I feel like it, I tell them I know what they're going through."Did it all turn out okay?" the women always ask."Best thing I ever did," I say confidently. It's what they want to hear.I don't find any jobs for a nineteen-year-old wannabe actress, but I turn down the corner on a page with an advert for an office manager. It doesn't hurt to know what's out there. For a second I imagine walking into Graham Hallow's office and handing in my notice, telling him I won't put up with being spoken to like I'm dirt on the sole of his shoe. Then I look at the salary printed under the office manager position, and remember how long it's taken me to claw my way up to something I can actually live on. Better the devil you know, isn't that what they say?The final pages of the Gazette are all compensation claims and finances. I studiously avoid the ads for loans-at those interest rates you'd have to be mad or desperate-and glance at the bottom of the page, where the chatlines are advertised.Married woman looking for discreet casual action. Txt ANGEL to 69998 for pics.I wrinkle my nose more at the exorbitant price per text than the services offered. Who am I to judge what other people do? I'm about to turn the page, resigned to reading about last night's football match, when I see the advert below "Angel's."For a second I think my eyes must be tired; I blink hard but it doesn't change anything.I'm so absorbed in what I'm looking at that I don't notice the train start up again. It sets off suddenly and I jerk to one side, putting my hand out automatically and making contact with my neighbor's thigh."Sorry!""It's fine-don't worry." He smiles and I make myself return it. But my heart is thumping and I stare at the advert. It bears the same warning about call charges as the other boxed adverts, and a 0809 number at the top of the ad. A web address reads: www.FindTheOne.com. But it's the photo I'm looking at. It's cropped close to the face, but you can clearly see blonde hair and a glimpse of a black strappy top. Older than the other women pimping their wares, but such a grainy photo it would be hard to give a precise age.Except I know how old she is. I know she's forty.Because the woman in the advert is me.chaptertwoKelly Swift stood in the middle of the Central line carriage, shifting to one side to keep her balance as the train took a bend. A couple of kids-no more than fourteen or fifteen years old-jostled onto the train at Bond Street, engaged in competitive swearing that jarred with their middle-class vowels. Too late for after-school clubs, and it was already dark outside; Kelly hoped they were on their way home, not heading out for the evening. Not at their age."Fucking mental!" The boy looked up, his swagger giving way to self-consciousness as he saw Kelly standing there. Kelly assumed the sort of expression she remembered her mother sporting on many an occasion, and the teenagers fell silent, blushing furiously and turning away to examine the inside of the closing doors. She probably was old enough to be their mother, she thought ruefully, counting backward from thirty and imagining herself with a fourteen-year-old. Several of her old school friends had children almost that age; Kelly's Facebook page regularly filled up with proud family photos, and she'd even had a couple of friend requests from the kids themselves. Now, there was a way to make you feel old.Kelly caught the eye of a woman in a red coat on the opposite side of the carriage, who gave a nod of approval at the effect she'd had on the lads.Kelly returned her look with a smile. "Good day?""Better now it's over," the woman said. "Roll on the weekend, eh?""I'm working. Not off till Tuesday." And even then only one day off before another six on the trot, she thought, inwardly groaning at the thought. The woman looked aghast. Kelly shrugged. "Someone's got to, right?""I guess so." As the train slowed down for Oxford Circus, the woman began moving toward the doors. "I hope it's a quiet one for you."That's jinxed it, Kelly thought. She glanced at her watch. Nine stops to Stratford: ditch her stuff, then head back. Home by eight, maybe eight thirty. In again for seven a.m. She yawned hard, not bothering to cover her mouth, and wondered if there was any food at home. She shared a house near Elephant and Castle with three others, whose full names she knew only from the rent checks pinned neatly to the board in the hall, ready for collection each month. The sitting room had been converted to a bedroom by a landlord keen to maximize his income, leaving the small kitchen the one communal area. There was only room for two chairs, but her housemates' shift patterns and erratic hours meant Kelly could go days without seeing anyone at all. The woman in the biggest bedroom, Dawn, was a nurse. Younger than Kelly, but far more domesticated, Dawn occasionally left a portion for Kelly on the side by the microwave, with one of her bright pink Post-it notes telling Kelly to help yourself! Her stomach rumbled at the thought of food, and she glanced at her watch. The afternoon had been busier than she'd thought; she was going to have to put in some extra hours next week, or she'd never get through it all.A handful of businessmen got on at Holborn and Kelly cast a practiced eye over them. At first glance they looked identical, with their short hair, dark suits, and briefcases. The devil was in the detail, Kelly thought. She searched out the faint pinstripe; the title of a book pushed carelessly into a bag; wire-framed glasses with a kink in one arm; a brown leather watch strap beneath a white cotton shirtsleeve. The idiosyncrasies and appearance tics that made them stand out in a lineup of near-identical men. Kelly watched them openly, dispassionately. She was just practicing, she told herself, not caring when one of them looked up and found her cool gaze on him. She thought he might look away, but instead he winked, his mouth moving into a confident smile. Kelly's eyes flicked to his left hand. Married. White, well-built, around six foot tall, with a shadow around his jaw that probably wasn't there a few hours ago. The yellow flash of a forgotten dry-cleaning tag on the inside of his overcoat. Standing so straight she'd put money on ex-military. Nondescript in appearance, but Kelly would know him if they met again.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for I See You “Wonderfully sinister. Had me looking over my shoulder every time I traveled on the tube.”—Fiona Barton, New York Times bestselling author of The Widow“A deliciously creepy tale of urban paranoia.”—Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10   “A brilliant second novel by one of Britain’s most exciting newcomers.”—Jeffrey Archer“Accomplished, addictive and thought-provoking.”—B. A. Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors   “An intense psychological thriller that I inhaled with my heart in my mouth . . . Unsettling and claustrophobic read.  Truly shuddersome.”—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl“[A] well-told suspense story...refreshingly realistic.”—The New York Times Book Review “Danger feels real in the brilliant I See You…Mackintosh seems destined to do important work for many years to come.”—The Washington Post “Mackintosh allots her characters the perfect amount of back story, allowing them to carry their own weight throughout the investigation. She also casts enough extras to keep readers guessing who could be behind these attacks…readers may find themselves wanting to reread this one.”—The Associated Press  “Mind-bending...[This novel] makes you reevaluate every step you take, and you will see the world in a different light. And that is genius.”—Alexandra Burt, author of The Good Daughter“Mackintosh scripts a hair-raising ride.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)“A well-crafted blend of calculated malevolence, cunning plot twists, and redemption that will appeal to fans of Sophie Hannah, Ruth Rendell, and Ruth Ware.”—Booklist (starred review)Mackintosh's meticulous detail to investigative accuracy and talent in weaving a thrilling tale set her work apart from others in the field.”—Kirkus Reviews  Praise for I Let You Go   “Chilling, compelling, and compassionate, I Let You Go is a finely crafted novel with a killer twist.”—Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train   “Astonishingly good.”—Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Make Me   “The big plot twist in Clare Mackintosh’s first novel, I Let You Go, is genuinely shocking. The jolts that follow, right up until the last page, are pretty good too...[A] cunning psychological thriller.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review    “An intense psychological thriller...[that] revels in surprises and twists...Outstanding.”—The Associated Press  “I Let You Go is a master class in plotting, with a killer twist. I could not put it down.”—Jojo Moyes, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You