Review of I See You by Clare Mackintosh.
I See You is a tense thriller with fairly good execution that stumbles on its ending.
It takes place in London. The scary parts mainly take place on the public transport system.
“…I don’t know how you do this every day.” “You get used to it,” I say, although you don’t so much get used to it as simply put up with it. Standing up on a cramped, malodorous train is part and parcel of working in London.” pg 42.
Zoe Walker sees her photo, or what she believes is her photo, in the papers on her way to work. It’s weird and scary because she didn’t submit her photo to the press.
“Routine is comforting to you. It’s familiar, reassuring. Routine makes you feel safe. Routine will kill you.” pg 51.
Kelly is a member of the police. She has secrets in her past and reasons to prove herself.
“Kelly thought of all the crime prevention initiatives she’d seen rolled out over her nine years in the job. Poster campaigns, leaflet drops, attack alarms, education programs… Yet it was far simpler than that; they just had to listen to victims. Believe them.” pg 83.
When Zoe comes to Kelly with her concerns and her photo in the paper, she sounds crazy. But she finds a sympathetic ear with Kelly.
Can they figure out what is going on before its too late?
I read this title for book club. And even though I was disappointed in the ending, this story scared me. It also scared some members of the club.
I was frightened partly because I don’t usually read this type of book. But, it also felt so real to me.
We are creatures of habit, after all. It certainly made me consider taking a different route to work. You never know who could be watching…
Recommended for brave readers who don’t shy away from unsatisfying endings.