[709]: I See You by Clare Mackintosh

A scopophobia inducing thriller that will take you on a journey full of twists and turns by way of the London underground.


I See You
by Clare Mackintosh

 I don’t have much experience in public transportation. I know for a fact that bussing in my city is an adventure in itself. I’ve heard some horror stories.  After reading this book, I’m kinda glad that I don’t have any to share. I’ve only used a train system twice: whenever we’re in San Diego and when I went to New York. I wasn’t courageous enough to take them at night, though.

The New York subway system is a whole other beast altogether. There, it doesn’t matter what time of day it is, it always feels like either the walls are going to cave in on you, or a rat is going to drag you to its nest. But that’s nothing compared to the menace hiding in the dark corners of the London underground, apparently. The feeling that you’re being watched is worst than you could ever imagine. This book, in comparison, will make you forget the normalcy of taking the public transport. It will have you looking over your shoulder, unsettled and a little anxious. But you’ll never know who’s hunting you until it’s all too late.

I See You started ordinarily enough. Zoe Walker was looking forward to spending a quiet night after a hard day’s work. Somewhere in her house was a bottle of wine with her name on it. So when her train stalled during her commute, she hardly paid any attention. She picked up a paper in an attempt to pass the time while they sort out what was happening on the tracks. As she was browsing through, an advert of a woman looking for romance caught her attention. Upon closer inspection, she realizes that she’s staring at her own face. Coincidence, right? Her family thought so, too. But things went from odd fortuity to scary reality in an instant when the women on the ads started dying.

Clare Mackintosh builds a layered story in a slow crescendo which makes the race to the end even that much more exciting. The readers stumble through the mystery blindly – effectively. She made a case for each red herrings, giving the readers the confidence with the suspects they had in mind. May it be Zoe’s boyfriend/partner, her ex-husband who was very much still in love with her, and the boss whom may or may not still be carrying a torch for her.

This smart thriller erases any doubts (if there were ever any) of the one-hit-wonder assumptions left on the trail of her debut novel, I Let You Go. It is easy to see that she’s found her niche so easily in the age of Gone Girl/The Girl on the Train wannabes. I haven’t read I Let You Go, but if I See You is any indication of the kind novels we can expect from this author, I say she’ll be a household name in this genre in no time.

  • This book sounds so creepy, and I really enjoyed Girl on the Train so it sounds like this one is targeted towards the same audience. Love the review Joy! I always feel like I have to watch my back on public transport.

    • I’ve never read nor seen Girl on the Train so I wouldn’t know. It’s a good suspense, though.

  • I take public transport every work day so I don’t think I want to give myself any crazy ideas. This books sounds intriguing, but I’m just not game enough for it! Glad you loved it though Joy 😀

  • Adriana C

    It sounds really good, I hadn´t heard of it before.

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    Oh, damn, this sounds incredible! I love a good thriller, I just don’t read enough of them, so thanks for putting this on my radar, Joy! Onto the TBR it goes!

    • Love how quiet it is, you know? It’s not like an in-your-face thriller but the kind that you’re able to read calmly.

  • This sounds awesome! Admittedly I am pretty freaked out by taking the subway – whenever I’m in Toronto I usually try to walk whenever I can – so this one might give me nightmares. But honestly, I can’t resist another stellar thriller from Clare Mackintosh so I’m going to read it anyway! 😀

  • Oh geez, I think this would scare me off subways and trains forever!

  • Wow, it sounds like this is one really creepy book. I don’t know why, but taking things like the underground and the train makes me anxious – I am so much better with walking, buses and planes!

  • Public transport of any kind scares the crap out of me. This sounds good!

  • shootingstarsmag

    This sounds amazing. I’ve actually been on the London underground a lot when I was there in the fall. It’s a great way to get around, but yeah, I think it’ll have me feeling a little chill after reading this one!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  • I liked this book as well. I am also very glad that I don’t have any transportation nightmare stories to share. There isn’t much of a public transportation system where I live and I don’t travel much. Glad you enjoyed this one!

  • Ohh 😀 Curious about this one. So glad you loved it a lot. <3 Gorgeous review Joy 🙂 I wish to read more thriller books. But ahh, the London underground is pretty scary, haha 🙂

  • I watched The girl on the train recently, it was meh, soa wannabe…eh

  • Karen

    We don’t really have much public transportation where I live and when I visit NYC I usually just walk everywhere.

    I did take the tram a lot going into Boston years ago and it was always an “adventure” lol

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

  • I’m going through a mystery/thriller phase, so thank you for introducing this book/author to me! Will be looking out for it. And I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    (Lol, the stories we could tell of public transportation nightmares! We could put together an anthology 😀 )

  • I’m glad to see you enjoyed this one. I wasn’t a huge fan of her first book, but I do want to read this one. I love when a thriller can give you that unsettling feeling and when they feel real to life. Great review!

  • Eeep I’m already paranoid about public transport enough (I used to catch it ALL the time, but only on the odd occasion now) so I’m not sure if this is for me, it does sound rather intriguing though 🙂

  • I agree it’s always nice to have a good thriller like that!

  • I read this not too long ago. It was good, but I think you enjoyed it more than I did.