I Let You Go

Berkley. May 2016. 384p. ISBN 9781101987490. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101987513. F
OrangeReviewStarIn her first novel, Mackintosh, a former police detective and journalist, weaves a complex tale out of seemingly straightforward circumstances. On a rainy night in Bristol, England, five-year-old Jacob is killed by a hit-and-run driver. The police are stymied by a lack of witnesses and the disappearance of his mother, who can't bear the guilt of having let her son run ahead toward their home. Jenna Gray escapes to the Welsh coast after that terrible night and slowly attempts to put the pieces of her life back together. Although she believes the accident has faded from police memories, there are two detectives who can't let it go. They pursue slim leads and scant evidence on their own time since the case has officially been declared cold. Their persistence pays off, but that's not the end of the story.
VERDICT This UK best seller is a wonderfully layered thriller that skillfully builds from that one tragic event. It makes a good match for fans of Sophie Hannah and Erin Kelly. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 12/1/15.]
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