I See You by Clare Mackintosh
You do the same thing every day.
You know exactly where you’re going.
You’re not alone.
When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation: just a website, a grainy image and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.
Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make . . .
I See You is an edge-of-your-seat, page-turning psychological thriller from one of the most exciting and successful British debut talents of 2015.
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.
Clare’s debut novel, I Let You Go, is a Sunday Times bestseller and was the fastest-selling title by a new crime writer in 2015. It was selected for both the Richard and Judy Book Club, and was the winning title of the readers’ vote for the summer 2015 selection, and ITV’s Loose Women’s Loose Books. Her second novel, I See You, is a number 1 Sunday Times bestseller. Clare’s books are translated into more than 30 languages.
Clare is the patron of the Silver Star Society, an Oxford-based charity which supports the work carried out in the John Radcliffe Hospital’s Silver Star unit, providing special care for mothers with medical complications during pregnancy.
Zoe Walker is riding on the train when it breaks down. To help waste the time she reads sections of the newspaper that she normal doesn’t. There she finds a picture of herself in the classified ads with a phone number and a website that doesn’t go anywhere. She brings this to the attention of her family but they just pass it off as someone else looking like her. The next day a similar ad is in the newspaper but it has the picture of a different woman, on that later turns up dead, then another one. Kelly Swift is the disgraced police officer that this case is assigned. She is trying to gain her place in the force after a previous case. Will they be able to stop the killer before another woman loses her life?
Just the knowledge that no matter what you do you are on a camera somewhere is creepy. With advancements in technology it is meant to keep us safe, but how can that be used against us? This is a story of just that idea. It seems stalking has taken on a new level when you don’t have to go out to find someone. Someone has taken this idea and is now connecting stalkers to victims.
This is a scary idea when you think about how much people spend behind a computer for everything from work, games, porn, and more. This book fits right into this idea. What would you do if you found yourself in Zoe’s place? How would you get the police to listen? It give me the creeps just thinking about it. This is a good thriller. I will be looking out for other books by Clare Mackintosh.
I received I See You from the publisher for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.