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review 2017-03-03 23:17
Ich sehe dich.
Alleine bist du nie: Psychothriller - Clare Mackintosh,Sabine Schilasky

Der größte Pluspunkt des Buches war für mich die originelle, clever konstruierte Geschichte. Sie beginnt zwar mit einer ganz normalen Frau, die nach einem ganz normalen Arbeitstag auf dem Nachhauseweg in der U-Bahn ein Foto von sich selbst unter den Anzeigen für Sex-Hotlines entdeckt, aber dieser vermeintliche schlechte Scherz entwickelt sich schnell zu etwas viel Unglaublicherem, das die Leben vieler Frauen bedroht. Datenklau und der gläserne Mensch, Hacking, Stalking, eine Webseite, auf der eine perfide Dienstleistung angeboten wird... Natürlich gibt es schon Thriller, in denen ähnliche Themen aufgegriffen werden, aber diese werden hier auf eine Art und Weise kombiniert, die daraus in meinen Augen etwas erfrischend Unverbrauchtes machen.

Die Spannung entstand für mich hauptsächlich daraus, dass die Protagonistin Zoe im Laufe des Buches zunehmend paranoid wird und beginnt, jedem in ihrem Umfeld zu misstrauen. Sie blickt sich quasi ständig über die Schulter, fühlt sich verfolgt, hat Todesangst, und dieses Gefühl konstanter Bedrohung übertrug sich beim Lesen auf mich - obwohl es immer wieder lange Passagen gibt, in denen eigentlich gar nichts Konkretes, Greifbares passiert, aber das macht es für Zoe nur umso schlimmer, denn deswegen glaubt ihr keiner wirklich, dass sie nicht nur Gespenster sieht.

Wahrscheinlich ist es nicht der richtige Thriller für Lesende, die ihre Thriller hart und blutig mögen - meiner Meinung nach eher etwas für Fans von Paula Hawkins' "Girl on the Train" als für Fans von Richard Laymons "Der Käfig".

Die Auflösung fand ich stimmig und logisch schlüssig, allerdings gibt es ein paar Stellen, wo die Handlung nur durch einen Zufall oder auch eine uncharakteristische Nachlässigkeit des Täters vorangetrieben wird. Ich habe im Laufe des Buches mehrere Theorien aufgestellt, wer hinter all dem steckt, und am Ende lag ich dann halb richtig - aber auch halb total falsch. Insofern finde ich das Buch im Rückblick nicht vorhersehbar!

Die Geschichte wird aus mehreren Perspektiven erzählt:

Einmal natürlich aus Sicht von Zoe, die gar nicht begreifen kann, wie ihr Leben auf einmal so aus dem Ruder laufen konnte. Sie will doch nur irgendwie in ihrem unbefriedigenden Job ausharren, um die Lebenskosten für ihre Familie bestreiten zu können, ihre beiden Kinder bei ihren ersten Schritten in der Erwachsenenwelt unterstützen und sich nach ihrer Scheidung ein neues Leben mit ihrem neuen Partner Simon aufbauen. Sie ist eine völlig normale 40-Jährige mit völlig normalen Wünschen und Hoffnungen, und manchmal wirkt sie dadurch ein wenig farblos, aber sie wuchs mir dennoch schnell ans Herz. Außerdem zeigt sie im Laufe des Buches dann auch, dass sie entschlossen und mutig sein kann!

Viel der Geschichte sehen wir auch aus Blickwinkel der jungen Polizistin Kelly, die nach einem schlimmen (aber verständlichen) Fehler degradiert wurde und jetzt versucht, sich wieder eine Karriere als aktive Ermittlerin zu erarbeiten. Ich mochte sie direkt sehr gerne, denn sie trifft manchmal zwar sehr unkluge Entscheidungen, aber immer aus dem Bauch heraus und aus den besten Motiven. Über sie würde ich tatsächlich gerne mehr in weiteren Büchern lesen! S

Wer außerdem noch ab und an zu Worte kommt, ist der Täter selber, und durch diese Worte gewinnt man stückchenweise mehr Einblicke, aber sie verraten nie zu viel, so dass die Neugier dadurch eher noch angeheizt wird.

Den Schreibstil fand ich sehr angenehm, er liest sich flüssig, wenn auch in einem für einen Thriller eher langsamen Tempo. Die Autorin gewährt viele Einblicke in das alltägliche Leben der Charaktere, und ich könnte mir vorstellen, dass auch das Lesern härterer Thriller vielleicht nicht so gut gefällt, aber mir hat es sehr gut gefallen.

Fazit:
Eine Frau entdeckt ihr eigenes Foto im Anzeigenteil der Zeitung, ausgerechnet unter den Sex-Hotlines, und muss feststellen, dass jemand anscheinend alles über sie weiß und sie ständig beobachtet. Und sie ist nicht die einzige Frau, deren Foto ohne ihr Einverständnis in einer solchen Anzeige erscheint, aber die Polizei nimmt die Sache zunächst nicht ernst.

"Alleine bist du nie" ist ein eher ruhiger Thriller, der in meinen Augen von einem Gefühl stetig steigender Paranoia und Bedrohung lebt. Mir hat das gut gefallen, denn ich fand die Geschichte und die Auflösung sehr intelligent konstruiert und komplex, aber wer Hardcore und nervenzerfetzende, rasante Hochspannung erwartet, wird wahrscheinlich eher enttäuscht.

Source: mikkaliest.blogspot.de/2017/03/rezension-alleine-bist-du-nie-von-clare.html
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review 2017-02-21 22:42
I See You - Clare Mackintosh

This was definitely a contender for every author's nightmare of trying to write a second book after having written a smash bestseller as their first book. That being said, there are a lot of authors out there who wish their first book was half as good as this book.

I think as a reader, my expectations were so enormous and the pedestal so high, that I was expected to be wowed on every page. Yet, when I think back to to I Let You Go, there was quite the build up in that book as well.

This book took a little longer to build up. I think there were quite a few more plot twists going on in this one. However, when the book did take off, I don't think there was one character in the book that I didn't take at least 10 or 20 seconds to ponder hmm "Are they the suspect?" That made it well worth the $$$ for me.

I do have to say I was amazed when I purchased this book last night and checked out the ratings - the book just went on sale today - there were already 6200 reviews. Tell me this wasn't a highly anticipated book.

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review 2017-02-20 02:50
I See You by Clare Mackintosh
I See You - Clare Mackintosh

 

 

 

 

You do the same thing every day.

You know exactly where you're going.

You're not alone.

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it's there. There's no explanation: just a website, a grainy image and a phone number.

She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it's just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.

Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make?

 

 

 

I See You really creeps you out in a lot of ways really builds up the readers anticipation of what will be revealed.

There is a lot that makes you think and look over your shoulder and look over your head to make you wonder who may or may not be watching you as you pass.

There are so many layers and possibilities that I was really sucked in from the start.

I do want to say that I gave the book four stars because its really great almost all the way through however I was a little disappointed in the ending because I thought there would be a super thrill explosive turn to wrap up the start that held me so intrigued all the way through. 

Regardless of not fully feeling the so so ending I did really enjoy the rest of the book and would highly recommend I See You to others.

 

Clare Mackintosh

 

 

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review 2017-02-18 13:27
I See You
I See You - Clare Mackintosh

By:  Clare Mackintosh 

ISBN: 9781101988299

Publisher: Berkley

Publication Date:  2/21/2017

Format:  Hardcover

My Rating: 4 Stars 

 

Clare Mackintosh returns following her smashing debut and international bestseller, (2016) I Let You Go, landing on my Top 50 Books of 2016, with a strong follow-up. A clever, gritty, dark and twisty psychological thriller, I SEE YOU.

Someone is watching when you least expect.

FindTheOne.com is more than a dating site. An online matchmaking service for more than dating. Find the victim, and go for the kill.

A commute to work. A dreaded task. The Tube. However, someone has hacked into the system and they are watching the daily routines of women. A devious dangerous plan. Cyber Crime, coffee shops, CCTV, money laundering, greed, stalking, adverts, a killer, FindTheOne.com, an ax to grind, payback, and murder. Trust no one.

Middle-class Zoe Walker, a mother of two teens (Katie and Justin) -divorced, and dating a guy named Simon- must take the train to work. The only jobs worth taking were in zone one; the only affordable mortgages in zone four. She could only dream of working close enough to her home to walk.

On her morning commute, she is shocked to discover in the London Gazette a photo of herself in the personal ads. FindtheOne.com. What the heck? She is looking at herself. A forty-year-old woman. The woman in the advert is none other than herself. Soon other women’s photos appear, and they end in a crime.

We also are introduced to Kelly Swift, the detective who has been disgraced and back on the scene with the latest murders. Her departure four years earlier from British Transport Police’s Sexual offenses Unit had been rapid and uncomfortable. She had spent nine months off sick returning to what had been presented to her as a clean slate but was really a punishment posting.

She had thrown herself into her shift work, quickly becoming one of the most respected officers on the Neighborhood Policing Team, pretending to herself she was a uniform cop through and through when every day she yearned to be dealing with serious investigations again. Will she lose control again?

The Underground Crime soars with the investigation into crime on public transport after record increases in reported sexual offenses, violent assaults, and thefts. Terrifying enough to make you stop using the Tube altogether. Kelly is back on the case full force.

With sprinkles of spine-chilling words in italics, from the mystery person throughout the novel (the best parts). Told from three POV: Zoe, the mom; Kelly the determined police officer, and the creepy mystery person.

“I see you. But you don’t see me. You’re engrossed in your book; a paperback cover with a girl in a red dress. I can’t see the title but it doesn’t matter; they’re all the same. If it isn’t boy meets girl, it’s boy stalks girl. Boy kills the girl. The irony isn’t lost on me . . . You’re still reading. And I’m still watching.”

Zoe is worried for all the women and girls out there as well as her daughter and herself. She feels the danger. She cannot see it, but she can feel it.
She knows it is getting close.

“Routine is comforting to you. It’s familiar, reassuring. Routine makes you feel safe. Routine will kill you.”

"You never know where you might meet The One. A way of introductions between London’s commuters on FindTheOne.com. A matchmaker. A broker. A go-between. To give coincidence a head start. . ."

Soon the adverts are all-consuming for Zoe, and Kelly is determined to find the killer. They work together and believe the adverts are at the heart of the series of crime against women. What is the motive and who is stalking and preparing information on each woman? Who are the buyers/subscribers? These customers come from all walks of life.

Who are these men?

“They’re your friends. Father. Brother. Best Friend. Neighbor. Boss. The people you see every day; the people you travel to and from work with. You think you know them better than that. You’re wrong.”

The ruthless psychopath is more than a matchmaker. “Someone could be downloading your profile right now. . . A facilitator for desires hidden so deep inside they’re barely acknowledged. The chance to kill someone.”

From making notes of everything from hair color, body size, duration, availability, employment, routines, timing, locations, and a rating of easy, moderate, difficult. A cost. Chilling!

As Zoe and Kelly plan an attack, they are in danger as well as Katie. Any woman on the train could be the next victim. Once the photo appears, are they worth the amount someone is willing to pay to kill?

With a cast of characters, the author leaves you in suspense as you doubt everyone close to Zoe. Who is the sinister mastermind behind this elaborate cybercrime – a deadly scheme of cat and mouse?

Mackintosh spins an elaborate set up with the slow burning background of Zoe and her family as well as Kelly. Two interesting women. The suspense builds to a fast-paced heart-pounding climax, with an array of red herrings. Readers will be mindful of their own daily routines and possibly be looking over their shoulders, or mixing up their daily grind. I know, I will. Take a different route, a different time.

In our world of identity theft, technology, social media, and cyber-crimes, a horrifying fictional account, and yet a believable one which makes it even scarier.

I See You, would make a great movie. You never know who is watching. Are we ever safe? Highly entertaining, suspenseful, and innovative.

For me, the mystery secret person and the words in italics— "the icing on the cake." The twisty finale will leave you spinning. The secret is finally revealed. I was reminded of the final episode of Season One TV Series, Secrets and Lies. Deliciously evil!

Well crafted, Mackintosh once again uses her cop procedural expertise mixed with her fine-tuned writing abilities, to keep readers glued to the pages for a strong and gritty second installment. Highly recommend both books.

A special thank you to Berkley and NetGalley for a complimentary reading copy, in exchange for an honest review.

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Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2016/10/04/I-See-You
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review 2017-02-14 16:21
What Goes Around Comes Around
I Let You Go - Clare Mackintosh

“I want to fix an image of him in my head, but all I can see when I close my eyes is his body, still and lifeless in my arms. I let him go, and I will never forgive myself for that.”

 

I stumbled across I Let You Go a few days ago after I took an interest to psychological thrillers. I needed something that could keep me in my toes,and I'm very thankful to Clare Mackintosh for delivering it.

The first half of the book was both sad and calming,in a weird manner. Jenna seemed to be finding her peace,and I grew to admire her strength and ability to keep her calm. This part was slow paced,but still my favorite. Jenna was a woman desperately in need of a hug,and all I wanted was to give it to her.

 

 

Everything changes in party two. All bets are out,everything you know is crushed along with your poor feelings. I had to take the book down a few times for the mix of surprise and anger at what was happening in the narration,but I couldn't keep myself from going back to reading after a few hours. I felt like an addict,aching for my next share of anything the book could give me.

 

 

The ending of this book was painful. I'm still questioning my own beliefs about what happened. Clare,you are an evil thing to leave me wondering like this. But you gave me a great time,so you are forgiven until I get to your next book.

SENTENCE: What a great debut! Definitely left me wanting more. Can't wait to become a Clare Mackintosh addicted once again.

 

P.s: This book has very strong passages relating domestic abuse. If you feel that might affect you somehow,I recommend caution when reading it. Below is the National Domestic Violence Hotline site.

 

http://www.thehotline.org/

 

Number: 1.800.799.SAFE

 

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