Published by Berkley Books on February 21st 2017
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 a listing for a website called FindTheOne.com.
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 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. Zoe is sure that someone close to her has set her up as the next target.
And now 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…
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I See You is definitely one of the better thrillers I’ve read in a while. I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to this book, but I’m so glad I finally did, because I forgot how much I love mystery/thrillers! I don’t think I can say much without this review getting spoilery, so I’ll just focus on what the book did well and what I think it could improve on.
This book primarily follows a woman named Zoe Walker, who lives in London and who, one day on her commute, sees a photo of herself in a classified ad in the newspaper for a website called FindTheOne.com. She begins monitoring the classifieds section and soon notices a pattern of women whose faces appear in the Find The One ad being the victims of violent crimes. We also get the perspective of a police officer, Kelly Swift, who gets assigned to this mysterious case.
One thing I appreciated about I See You was how the reader really got a complete glimpse into Zoe’s life. Yes, it’s a bit mundane, but it’s also fully-developed. We as readers get to see her interactions with her family, her friends, her boss, her ex-husband, etc. in addition to her interactions with the people working on the case. I don’t know, I just find it refreshing when characters actually feel like real people, and this can feel lacking in a lot of thrillers. We also get a good idea of who Kelly Swift is and what her motivations are for the work that she does. I found both these characters to be relatively likable.
With that said, I did find the narrative style a bit strange. Zoe’s perspective is told in first-person present POV, while Kelly’s is in third-person past POV. This switch not only from first- to third- person, but also from present to past tense, made absolutely no sense to me. It did place a very clear separation between the two POVs, but I definitely don’t believe it was necessary. Additionally, we get an occasional third perspective from the person who created FindTheOne.com (who remains anonymous until the end of the novel). These chapters were INTENSELY creepy, and they added a lot to the suspense of the book overall.
Also, there’s a twist at the very end of the book that I did NOT see coming. Like, at all. I was feeling smug because I thought I had correctly predicted who the culprit was, but NOPE. I love a thriller with a twist ending/open ending, and I See You did not disappoint on that front.
Overall, I would highly recommend I See You to anyone who enjoys reading mysteries or thrillers! It’s compelling, well-written, and has an ending that is guaranteed to throw you for a loop. I can’t wait to pick up more of Clare Mackintosh’s books next time I’m in the mood for another thriller!
Have you read I See You? Who are your favorite authors of mysteries or thrillers?