August Reads

Umm…I realized the other week I haven’t done a book post since January! How bad is that? I’ve actually done a lot of reading since then, but most of them just weren’t that noteworthy.

Last week, I finished the book I Let You Go by Clare Macintosh. The first time I heard about this book was actually on a subway ad while we were in Toronto back in May. The ad said that it was the new “Gone Girl” or “Girl on the Train”. Even though I loved both Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, I hate how all psychological thrillers are compared to those two books nowadays. Nonetheless, the ad still sucked me in because I love psychological thrillers. I wanted to buy it as soon as we got home from Toronto, but I had other books to finish off first.

This is actually a tough book to give a synopsis or review about without giving away the twists, but here is my attempt: After a terrible car accident that results in the death of 6-year-old Jacob, Jenna Gray moves from Bristol to a coastal town in Wales to escape the memories from that day, while the police work on solving the crime. Arriving at Penfach, she finds a rundown cottage by the sea and attempts to start her life over again. Things are slowly starting to piece themselves together again, but her past soon catches up with her.

There are two storylines in this book – Jenna’s story of her past and present, and the story of the detective who is trying to crack the case, a man named Ray Stevens who is having his own issues at home with a belligerent teenage son and a wife who resents him for working all the time. I found the beginning a bit slow, which disappointed me at first as psychological thrillers are typically page-turners. However, as I read farther, I found that the plot started to suck me in. It’s cleverly written, and I found myself wanting to know how all of the story lines intertwined together. There were definitely moments when I found myself holding my breath in anticipation!

I would say that if I had to rate my ability to guess the twists in any plot, I would give myself a 6/10, and the ones in this book definitely took me by surprise. This story veered off into something I wasn’t expecting at all. It’s an easy book to read in the sense that the story line is not complicated; however, emotional-wise, it’s quite a heavy book (as most psychological thrillers are), and there were parts that were uncomfortable to read. One thing that bothered me was that one of the twists (which had crossed my mind by the middle of the book as being a possibility) was way too farfetched and definitely made me roll my eyes. Part of me feels like the plot as a whole is a bit of a stretch, but at the same time – so are books like Gone Girl and Girl on the Train. I suppose psychological thrillers aren’t meant to be realistic! Nevertheless, it was still a good read.

The author, Clare Macintosh, had a background as a police inspector before beginning to write in 2011, and I Let You Go was inspired by a crime that she had seen while on the job. Apparently, she has another book that came out in 2015, but won’t be available in Canada until 2016. I can’t wait to read it!

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15 thoughts on “August Reads

  1. I’m a terrible terrible reader. Well, I can READ. I just don’t like reading books. I’ve been like this ever since I was a kid. I lose interest especially in fiction. My current / last book I’m still trying to get through is the Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? I’m about half way through and I started reading that on my Japan trip! 😛
    I never read Gone Girl (even though I have the book, ahem) but did watch the movie. And I just saw the trailer for Girl on the Train and I’m intrigued! I love stories with twists – I’m like a 3/10 in my ability to guess plot twists so I always get thrown for a loop!
    I see the feature pic was taken on your authentically aged deck! 😆

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    • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me is hilarious! I want to read her second book, Why Not Me, but have so many other books on my to-read list to get through first 😛
      The book version of Gone Girl is much better than the movie. I’ve wondered if The Girl on the Train trailer is confusing for people who haven’t read the book – I read it and still had no idea what was going on in the trailer, lol! I feel like you get better at guessing plot twists as you read/watch more mysteries/thrillers. My fiance is usually 10/10…have no idea how he does it.
      Hehe yes, most of my feature pics are taken on the authentically aged (aka in need of TLC) deck! It’s the place in our house that gets the best sunlight for the longest period of time!

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  2. I love reading but trying to fit it in is a bit of a challenge so I read mostly on vacation. I read Gone Girl and I really liked it, I actually didn’t mind the movie either, which is rare. This one sounds pretty good, I’ll have to add it to my reading list! ☺️

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    • I know what you mean about finding time to read! Going to and from work for me is about a 40 minute train ride each way, and that’s where I do all my reading!
      Yes, if you liked Gone Girl, you would probably enjoy this!

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  3. Sounds like a good book! I’m going to add this to my reading list… I’ll probably be doing quite a bit of reading when I head off on my road trip to the west coast later on this week. I’m hoping I can get over my inability to read in the car because I’m in for some looooong drives. I really enjoyed Gone Girl and Girl on the Train so I think I’ll enjoy this one too!

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