Title: I See You
Author: Clare Mackintosh
Publish Date: April 4, 2017
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "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
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.
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…"
My Two Cents:
See You" is a new thriller by Clare Mackintosh. If you're anything like
me, your commute is not particular exciting. You take the same mode, go
the same way, and generally follow the same schedule. You probably
don't notice much as you're in your own world trying to mentally prepare
for your day. If someone were following you, you'd be an extremely easy
target. This book explores how something as mundane as a routine can
actually be dangerous.
This thriller definitely freaked me out.
While I don't take the train anymore (the train in my city is not really
reliable), I know something about routine. In D.C., if you leave a few
minutes later than your normal time, your entire commute can be upended
so we all grasp onto our routine. Zoe does this in this book. One day
she notices what seems to be a picture of herself in the local commuter
rag. It freaks her out enough to contact the police, which seems to lead
to a bigger issue of women being targeted on London's Underground all
because of their routines.
I want thrillers to be surprising and
this certainly was to me. I thought I knew early on who was involved in
the crimes but I was very happy to be surprised (it's no fun when you
can guess what's going to happen!). I don't want to give anything away
but I did want to know more about the motivations of the people behind
the crimes. I kind of got it but there was still a good deal of gray
that I would have liked answered.
The writing of the book was
taut. This is Mackintosh's second book (I definitely need to go back and
read her first book now) and it is clear that she is going to continue
to keep readers on the edge of their seats!