Sunday, August 14, 2016

I Let You Go

I Let You Go
I read a lot and I do enjoy most of the books I read but then, every so often, one comes along that completely blows me away, This was one of those books.

It is also one of those books that I am struggling to review. I can't mention much of the story without including spoilers but suffice it to say, it was so far away from the normal formulaic psychological thrillers that I am used to it was a lovely breath of fresh air to read. Recently I have found that, in most books I read of this genre, the pace ramps up at about 65% and the twist happens around 85%. Not in this book. It was pretty evenly paced all the way through with a great balance between the lovely descriptions of the Welsh seascape and the storyline itself, I simply devoured the book, reading it pretty much in one sitting (to the annoyance of my brother who wanted my attention) so eager I was to get to the end. And the twist, well, that was fantastic, and I certainly didn't expect it then!

I have also read a fair few, what I call, time-hop books but again, this one is completely different to the usual two (or three) threads coming together at the end. I would love to expand on how cleverly the author spun all the threads of this book together, but I am not eloquent enough to find a way to do it without spoilers and spoilers would definitely ruin it for everyone else.

Characters were all very well fleshed out and completely real. I have lived in a small village and definitely saw some familiar personality types in there! I also emoted well with the characters which I think is a key element to my enjoyment of a book. In fact I went through a bit of a roller-coaster of emotions whilst reading it!
I am actually struggling to believe that this is a debut book, it is so professionally presented. I would go so far as to say that it is one of those books that it has been my privilege to read. I am so hoping that the author can follow it. Ms Mackintosh, I have my eye on you!

I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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