I See You by Clare Mackintosh

  • i-see-youTitle:  I See You
  • Author:  Clare Mackintosh
  • Genre:  Thriller
  • Pages:  384
  • Published:  February 2017 – Berkley
  • Source:  Publisher

Description:  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…  (publisher)

My take:  The description will tell you all you need to know before reading I See You. What I will say is that author Clare Mackintosh lulled me into a feeling of “is this going anywhere?” for a good part of the book. That’s not to say I was bored or uninterested. I enjoyed the unfolding of the story. I think she paced it slowly for a reason and then opened up a can of Whoa! in the last quarter of the book.

I agree with the Advance Praise below. It’s creepy and sinister. Unsurprisingly, I didn’t correctly guess who was behind the crime. I would love to read more about the investigation team in future books. Each detective seems to have a story that I’d be interested in knowing. Recommended to fans of the genre and Clare Mackintosh.

Advance praise for I SEE YOU:

A deliciously creepy tale of urban paranoia.”—Ruth Ware, author of The Woman in Cabin 10

Wonderfully sinister. Had me looking over my shoulder.”—Fiona Barton, author of The Widow

 “Mackintosh scripts a hair-raising ride all the scarier because its premise—that our predictable routines make us easy targets—is sadly so plausible.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“[T]he steadily thickening paranoia will leave readers questioning their comfortable routines…a well-crafted blend of calculated malevolence, cunning plot twists, and redemption that will appeal to fans of Sophie Hannah, Ruth Rendell, and Ruth Ware.”Booklist, starred review

 Packed with suspense, twists, and turns[Mackintosh’s] meticulous detail to investigative accuracy and talent in weaving a thrilling tale set her work apart from others in the field.”Kirkus


27 thoughts on “I See You by Clare Mackintosh

    • I’ll read her next book just because I’ve enjoyed her first two. It’s still not a go-to genre for me though.


  1. I enjoyed this book, but from the beginning, I started to question nearly everyone she knew….and just before the reveal, it hit me, with that sickening feeling of “oh, no!”

    A paranoia-inducing read! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


  2. I liked this one a lot too. It had a different feel from the author’s first book and was slower paced. As you said though, I think that she had a purpose in mind. And I was completely creeped out by the idea that someone was watching you. The scenes where Zoe looked around and wondered ‘is he? or is he?’ – scary! Can’t wait to see what this author comes up with next!


  3. I don’t read (or watch) many thrillers, although I recently saw The Girl on the Train. I’m glad that you ended up enjoying this one, Mary. I have seen this book on many blogs lately. It sounds like a sinister and suspenseful story. Excellent review!


    • I don’t read many either but I’m making a point to read more this year. As to The Girl on the Train, I saw the film and thought it was ok but I didn’t love it.


  4. I have seen some good things about this book and her other books – but I am so not sure as thriller reading is way down on the list for me. I suspect I would enjoy it if I tackled it! The detectives are the ones that would draw me in.


    • I’m trying to read more of the genre this year. That said, I don’t like feeling anxious so I’ll leave it to maybe one per month 🙂


  5. Very good review, Mary.

    It took a while to get suspenseful for me too, but the ending was worth the wait. I never guessed who the real culprit was.

    Thanks for sharing.


  6. This sounds so good! I love the blurb on this and I’m glad to hear it lived up to the promise. I like that it’s kind of a slow unraveling.


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