Desert Isle Keeper
I See You
Zoe Walker takes the same route to work every day. Same streets, same trains, same stations, even the same seat on the train. She thinks nothing of this, chalking it up to a comforting routine, until one day she spies her own face in a classified advertisement for FindTheOne.com. What follows is a suspenseful and gripping tale that left me practically unable to put the book down.
Clare Mackintosh’s I Let You Go was an incredibly strong début and my favourite book of 2016; so to have her second book be equally compelling was an incredibly pleasant discovery. But as with that book, reviewing I See You is nearly impossible. I have agonized over how to explain my love for this book without revealing any plot details, and because of that, this is easily one of the worst constructed reviews I’ve ever written. The book synopsis covers only the first few pages, so if it sounds like something you’re into and you want to be as spoiler free as possible, then click away now.
If you’re intrigued but a little nervous about some triggers, let me say this: stalking plays a big part in this book, and the whole thing is predatory. This also means there are kidnapping/manipulation elements which may be traumatizing for some readers.
For anyone still here, this book is one thrilling ride. It feels scarily and creepily real, especially after the big reveal of who and why and how. I was left slightly speechless but also went directly to my IT-professional husband to ask some serious questions about CCTV, privacy, and my social media presence. The story is set in London, which adds to its authenticity; CCTV cameras are everywhere in that city. Once Zoe figures out that she’s not the only one on the website and that whoever is following her is following a lot more women, the atmosphere of anxiety that permeates the whole book is quickly heightened.
There are a lot of books which could claim prime spots for British suspense novels. I was wandering through a few bookstores on a recent trip to the U.K. and that genre absolutely clogs the shelves. (I did pick up a few ones from authors I’ve not seen on U.S. shelves in order to continue my 2016 female-centric crime/suspense binge into 2017 – so keep an eye out for upcoming reviews!) What makes Ms. Mackintosh stand out is that her plotting is airtight and the twists really are twists. For anyone who heeded my call to read her first book, heed this one as well: I See You is a disturbing treatise on the public spaces women occupy in an age of decreasing digital privacy and it will absolutely keep you turning the pages.