I See You by Claire MacIntosh, 3 1/2 Stars

Today’s review is a bit older. The book came out just about eleven months ago and somehow eluded me. So, once I realized it existed, I read it right away. Clare MacIntosh is definitely an author on my “to read ASAP” list. And I See You has definitely cemented her place there.

First of all, THAT COVER! I don’t know why, I just love it. That blue, with the pavement reflection and orange. I mean, if you actually look at what the picture is, a women’s legs on a dark and rainy night, it’s not that special, really. But the colors, everything. I love it. Definitely attracted me to this one.

So, I guess it’s time to talk about the book.

From the Publisher:

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 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 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…

My Review:

Zoe is an aging single-ish mom of two who used to be attractive and still is in that way where she is good-looking for “a woman her age”. Which isn’t quite the same thing as being attractive. Still, she’s doing okay. She has an okay job, an okay boyfriend who does very sweet things and even an okay relationship with her ex.

And then she sees a picture of herself in the paper one night on her way home from work.

I loved this premise. Yes, it’s extremely creepy but very intriguing. I mean, can you imagine flipping through the newspaper, like one of those seedy tabloidy-type newspapers and seeing a picture of yourself? Or even someone who could definitely be you? So creepy.

So then of course this launches into so much more. There are other pictures of other women who are being assaulted or disappear, or worse. And Zoe is the only one who seems to be putting two and two together. And that’s really all I can say about that for now. You’ll have to read it yourself!

I loved watching this one unfold. It’s one of those books where everyone is a suspect. The plot clicked along at a nice pace and I found myself drawing closer to the characters as the story progressed.

I was a little thrown by the climax of the plot. It was a little Scooby-Doo, I’m not going to lie. There are sometimes when you don’t see something coming, then it does and you’re like, OF COURSE IT WAS THEM! But this was not entirely that. Maybe it’s just me.

But this is also one of those books that leaves you with something just at the end!!! Have I said too much? I hope not. Check this one out for sure!!! And the good news is, since it came out almost a year ago, you can get your copy right away!

Buy yours:

Indiebound

 

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  1. Great review. I agree with your thoughts. I liked the ending because it had an unexpected twist, but the overall pace of the book was a bit slower than I’d hoped.

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