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 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 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.
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 See You
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Clare Mackintosh offers a captivating story that you will surely lose sleep over. International bestselling author, indeed! Words cannot express how fulfilling this story is. I See You has everything you would expect from a mystery, but more daring.
The story is written from three perspectives. Zoe Walker, who becomes paranoid when she finds her picture in a newspaper ad; DC Kelly Swift, who is determined to catch all the bad guys; and of course, the killer. I believe this is the first mystery I've read that mixes first person and third person perspectives in this manner. It was strange at first, but I liked believing that every chapter had its own mini cliff hanger. It made me read that much faster so that I could get back to whatever situation was just happening.
If findtheone.com was a real website I'd be just as freaked out as Zoe Walker. As much as I don't want to believe that someone could aid in the stalking of women, I could picture it happening in real life. All of Zoe's paranoia throughout the story took a life of its own. I felt just as anxious as she did and I knew to expect something terrible. The steady pacing of the novel did absolutely nothing to calm my nerves, but I love that Clare Mackintosh keeps readers in the moment. She avoids jerking you around or stringing you along. Every moment of the story is crucial and leads to a place so unlike usual mystery conclusions.
I could not contain myself by the end of the novel. Clare Mackintosh steps away from a cookie-cutter ending and gives readers something to think about. I spent the next few hours after reading wondering about scenes in the story that were not focused on, but added to the story's conclusion. The ending was a genuine surprise, but going back through the book I can see how the story leads to the jaw dropping end.
*eARC provided in exchange for an honest review*