Wednesday 22 March 2017

Book ~ "I See You" (2017) Clare Mackintosh

From Goodreads ~ You do the same thing every day.

You know exactly where you're going.

You're not alone.

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it's there. There's no explanation: just a website, a grainy image and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it's just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman and another the day after that.

Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make.

Zoe Walker works as a bookkeeping in a small firm.  She has two children who are in their late teens and have finished school and are still living at home.  She's been divorced from their father for many years and is now living with Simon.

One day Zoe sees a picture of herself in a newspaper ad in the dating and escort section.  The phone number accompanying it doesn't work and the website asks for a password.  Her family thinks she's imagining things and urges her to let it go.  But she starts to see other women's pictures in the same ad every day and realizes they are victims of crimes (murder, theft, rape, etc.).  She's afraid she will be next.

Kelly is a former cop who has been demoted to a transit cop.  Zoe contacts her when she makes the connection and Kelly manages to get herself integrated into the investigation.

This is the first book I've read by this author.  I thought the story was okay.  I didn't guess "whodunnit" when it was revealed towards the end and, to honest, I wasn't buying it.

The story takes place in London and I'm assuming the author is English.  I found it was a different writing style than I'm used to and probably because of the serious nature of the story, it seemed like I read it at a slower pace than usual.  Plus there were references to things in London using their terminology that I wasn't sure of, which I sometimes found confusing.  It took me a while to realize that Kelly was I guess what we call a transit cop.  It's written in first person perspective from Zoe's point of view and from the website owner's point of view.  The rest of the book is in third person perspective from Kelly's point of view.  As a head's up, there is swearing.

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