Book Review: I See You by Clare Mackintosh

The Forgetting (The Forgetting, #1)Title: I See You
Author: Clare Mackintosh
Publisher: Berkley Books
Release Date: February 21st, 2017
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback ARC
Source: Publisher
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Mystery/Thriller

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

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 pep 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 no that man on the 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... 

First, Hello! I'm Katie. This is my first review with Owl Always Be Reading. I'm so happy to be here reviewing with these wonderful bloggers here. Now onto the review, because we're really here for the books, right?! :)

Within the past few months, I've been reading more mystery/thrillers than I ever have before. I've become quite addicted to them. I've taken a special fondness for British mystery thrillers after reading all of Ruth Ware's books. So when this one came in for review, I had to jump at the opportunity to read it and it didn't disappoint.

We meet Zoe Walker, a woman who sees her photo in the paper under an ad for what seems to be a dating site. While she seems hesitant to believe that it's her, there's a nagging feeling that she can't shake. Zoe seemed a bit back and forth throughout the story which made her a bit hard to follow at times. She would have paranoia and then quite quickly believe that she was just overreacting. I didn't feel annoyed at this, but rather that it seemed to be a realistic portrayal of someone going through her situation. You want to believe everything is okay, hence feeling like your overreacting, but on the flip side, have a gut feeling that something wasn't quite right and therefore get paranoid that those steps behind you isn't just a coincidence. Zoe was a solid main character, but not the only one. Mackintosh did such a great job creating each and every character so that it felt like it all flowed together, despite having separate and unique stories for each. I really enjoyed and appreciated seeing the other character arcs throughout the story.

This story was a steady stream of anticipation and mystery throughout the whole book. It wasn't ever really slow or up until the last 75 pages, at a point where I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, but it was a nice, steady ride through the mystery. There were times when I thought I guessed what was going on, but then find out that I was wrong. At one point I guessed nearly every single person in the book. And yet, not quite, because the ending was still a surprise. And the epilogue, was a shocker. If you're not one for reading epilogues, definitely read this one anyway!

I thoroughly enjoyed I See You and will continue to check out Clare Mackintosh's other works.


  1. I didn't realize you were reading mystery/thrillers. That's really exciting! It means we can probably find another book to buddy read. :D I'm glad you're blogging here!!


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