Blurb (as on Goodreads):
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…
Let me start by saying that I loved the concept of the book. Random women appear on the “Gazette” under the chatroom/dating section, with a website and a phone number. The website is a blank page asking for a password and the phone number is invalid. That is scary on multiple levels.
Zoe Walker, a single mother with a super boring schedule finds her picture under similar circumstances. She is certain it’s her photo, but her family convinces her otherwise. Next day there’s a different woman and then another one. Zoe ignores it for a while, but then she finds another woman who has been robbed in the Underground Tube match with a photo that appeared on the ‘Gazette’ under the same section. Is this is a coincidence or something is really, really wrong?
Clare Mackintosh knows how to catch your attention. This book is super slow right up to the middle, and then things pace up at an unimaginable speed. The writing style changes from casual to scary in a matter of minutes. The plot clearly shows her role as a police officer, as I have never seen a more logical and meticulously planned police investigation.
The characters are different from each other, each with flaws that can be misleading. I have gasped more than once while reading this book. I also laughed like a maniac because I enjoy everything evil, and that’s what a good thriller is supposed to be.
I See You is compelling, terrifying and an extremely satisfying read. Recommending it to the ones who love a great mystery. However, please bear with the first 100 pages or so.
**Huge thanks to Hachette India for a copy of the book. All opinions are my own.**