I Let You Go

Clare Mackintosh’s I Let You Go is a mystery broken into 2 parts all defined by a dark night one November night in Bristol when a Jacob dies in a hit and run accident. How does anyone cope after loosing someone they love.

After that night, we see Jenna Gray escaping from the death by running and hiding from everyone. She ends up in a small coastal town where she rents a secluded cabin. She slowly starts to allow people into her life while still grappling with her nightmares.

Far from the shore, in Bristol, the hit and run investigation hits a stand still. DI Stevens and his subordinate Kate, have a hard time letting go of this crime after no leads are found. Their relationship also changes throughout the investigation as Stevens sees Kate as the young, optimistic officer he and his wife used to be.

Mackintosh brings the reader into this world and then mid way through changes the entire back story of the characters. While we no longer see Jenna as an innocent mother in this case, her story becomes even more sad and pathetic.

Great read with an unexpected twist to the story. All the characters are fully flushed out and have a depth to them not common in mysteries.

Highly recommended.

Read January 2017

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Here’s to Us

Elin Hilderbrand uses her characters and sense of place to help her story transform from an ordinary tale of family members mourning their father, husband, ex-husband. Deacon Thorpe died at his beloved Nantucket home leaving behind 2 ex-wives, 3 children, and a current wife. All are thrown together for a weekend to throw his ashes and learn that Deacon left all 3 women a part of the house and a debt that only one of them can afford.

Each woman hates another and there is a lot of blame for the end of each of their marriages. Laurel, his high school sweetheart. Belinda, a movie star who stole Deacon from Laurel. And Scarlett, Belinda’s former nanny and Deacons current wife. Each had one child with Deacon. All 6, along with Buck, Deacon’s best friend, are sharing the home and history with each other. There stories spread across decades and showcase a man larger than life who left a big hole in each of their hearts.

Great, moving story.

Read December 2016

and when she was good

Laura Lippman delivers a very questionable heroine in and when she was good. Heloise Lewis grew up unwanted and average, the daughter of a man’s second unwanted family. There was always someone or something better than her and her mother.

We meet her about 20 years later as she’s trying to keep her world from falling apart. As a suburban madam and escort, she’s built an incredibly lucrative career with a silent partner that is currently in jail. We are slowly immersed into her strange dealings with the johns, her employees, and her former pimp. The story is intertwined with learning about her history and how she became a 38 year old suburban mom running a discrete business.

Trust is incredibly important in her world and while many people need to trust Heloise, there are few that she can trust to prevent her worlds from colliding. When other madams start dying, Heloise knows its time to get out of the business and escape from her silent partner. But secrets have a way of coming out hiding and some of them are worth killing for.

Great mystery!

 

Read December 2016