Let Me Lie is a true psychological thriller. The suspense, the mystery, the secrets all feed into the story keeping the reader guessing as to what will happen next. There were so many twists and turns that I found myself wanting to skip ahead and see where they were heading. And oh the lies… so many lies. Lies on top of lies on top of lies. Sounds like it could get confusing but it was just the opposite. They all played into the story perfectly. The story is told from multiple points of views. I loved that one of the points of view was unidentified. This kept me guessing as who was telling their story without revealing themselves. From the different voices it was fun to try to tell who was lying, who was telling the truth, and who was telling the story as they knew it whether truthful or not. If you are looking for a psychological thriller full of twists and moment that will make you stop and think…Let Me Lie is the book for you.
Zoe Walker sees an advert with her photograph in the paper of the London tube. Who has put it there and why is the next day a picture of another women in the same advert? After the brutal death of a woman, whose picture has been in the advert as well, Zoe contacts the police to unravel the mystery behind these strange occurences.
The premise of I See You was so interesting and just the thought of getting stalked by men during your commute was deeply unsettling. And I really enjoyed the story up to a certain point, even though I didn´t particularly like the main character Zoe, who was too whiney for my taste.
But then the last 80 pages happened, which included two story twists. The first twist I could have tolerated, despite it being an unrealistic one. But then, literally on the last page, there is another twist, which in a way ruined the book for me.
I get it why Clare Mackintosh has done this, she wants to give the reader (especially the female ones) something to think about after having finished the book. I understand her reasoning behind it. But I would have preferred a sense of closure with this novel and not another shocking revelation on top of a perfectly fine ending. I´m not afraid to admit that I have developed a certain kind of twist-fatigue with regards to psychological thrillers.
I See You isn´t by any means a bad book and it is a page turning read, but I can´t help it: I´m slightly disappointed by it.
In I See You we have a situation where women are being stalked, and sometimes more, based on a new service that sells their commute details. The basic premise is that most of us do the same things every day (walk the dog at the same time on the same route, sit on the same seat in on the subway, etc.), which makes it easy for people to watch our movements and then use them to do harm.
I liked the concept of the book. I wouldn't say that it kept my heart pounding and it didn't make me look over my shoulder constantly, but it was an enjoyable book. I didn't guess the outcome, so I have to give props there. Although a part of me feels like it was a stretch and I'm not sure there was much justification for the 'who done it' other than to fool the reader. But it's fiction, so I'll allow it.
It often drifted back in time, sometimes in the middle of current dialogue, and that annoyed me. While I'm not at all a fan of the 'info dump' method, I think there could have been better ways to introduce some of the information without disrupting the flow of the story. For me, it detracted from the feeling of suspense I was hoping to have.
I've seen some comments from reviews that they enjoyed I Let You Go by the same author a bit more, so I'll give that one a shot too.