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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Review: I See You by Clare Mackintosh

I See You by Clare Mackintosh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Berkley Pub
Publishing 2/21/17    

Holy creepy book!! If you live in a city where commuting on public transport - especially a train/subway is part of your daily life, this book will reach in and grab you by the short and curlies and pull hard.  Even if you don't, you'll still be entirely hooked by the web this author weaves.  Take some Dramamine because the twists just keep on coming and your head will be swiveling.   Huge thanks to Berkley Publishing for this advanced copy in return for my honest review.

Everybody has their daily rituals and routines. It's easy to just do what works every single day. But what happens when someone is targeting you because they know your schedule inside and out? How can you protect yourself from something you don't even know that is happening? Zoe happens to notice an advertisement in a newspaper with her photo and a listing for Surely it's a doppelganger, and not actually HER, right? But when she starts noticing that others on the same type of advertisements end up victims of crime she wonders, is she next?

This book is told from Zoe's perspective, the perspective of Kelly Swift, the law enforcement person who believes Zoe and notices ties to these ads. But she has her own set of issues and will need to find a way to solve this without destroying her career in the process. We also get inside the head of the antagonist here and there and this villain is creeeeepy! I'm thoroughly amazed at Clare Mackintosh's mind. I want to crawl inside of it and live there to see how this whole story came together. As a New York commuter, I completely understood that feeling of being watched on the train, the "accidental" hand brush and being protective of my own belongings while commiserating with others on the train or making my own conclusions about people based on their footwear. Taking every day routines and bringing it into a plausible, disturbing scenarios will have me questioning every person on the train from now on. I'll surely be switching up my routine. Thanks Clare, you've made me a paranoid mess.

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