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Publisher's Summary

The next blockbuster thriller for those who loved The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl.... A novel with "an astonishing intensity that drags you in and never - ever - lets you go" (Daily Mail, UK). 

On a rainy afternoon, a mother's life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street....  

I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past. 

At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them. 

Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner, says, "I read I Let You Go in two sittings; it made me cry (at least twice), made me gasp out loud (once), and above all made me wish I'd written it...a stellar achievement." 

©2016 Clare Mackintosh (P)2016 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Chilling, compelling, and compassionate." (Paula Hawkins, number one New York Times best-selling author of The Girl on the Train)

"Astonishingly good." (Lee Child, number one New York Times best-selling author of Make Me)

"Genuinely shocking.... [A] cunning psychological thriller." (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review)  

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Compelling thriller

The story was cleverly unfurled, and I finished listening in a week, but I found the repetitive descriptions of domestic violence gratuitous and unnecessary for the story - one or two would have been sufficient to get the point across! I enjoyed the Gone Girl-style of narrative with plenty of twists, and overall was engrossed in the story.

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finally a good book

I loved this book suspense right to the end. I thought I had it figured out but there are lots of twists.

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Great listen!

This was one of the better storylines I've heard in awhile. Interesting plot. I was entertained from beginning to end.

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So Good!!!

This book is definitely in my top 25 favorites of all time. Lots of twists and turns and the narrator was fantastic. The story moves along slowly and it had a Girl on the Train kind of feel to it. I was glued to this book and hope to find more by this author.

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great story!

i loved, loved, loved this book. what a great story. i ended up sitting in my car listening in the parking lot because i HAD to finish the chapter!!!

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Great performance really disappointed in the story

I loved listening to this book because I loved listening to their accents, other than that, I was very disappointed in the story. The reviews say that it was the ultimate page turner and kept you guessing until the last page... Wrong. I had it all figured out right after the one and only "twist" that they had in the book. I thought they would keep throwing in plot twists.. But no sir, it was just sad.. Really not a feel good book. And then to make matters worse.. It didn't even wrap up in the end. No happy ending, not even a sad one! No ending at all! So.. I wouldn't recommend this book to anybody actually, I'm not mad that I used my credit for it, because it was entertaining enough to listen to, but not good enough to recommend.

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Wow! (Minus the first half of the book)

Ok...first, i really really enjoyed the book. It is full of twists and turns which i love..... ONCE YOU GET THROUGH THE FIRST HALF OF THE BOOK... literally. Narrator was great but here are my problems with it which i need to take stars off for:
Aside from the child accident (not a Spoiler - it’s in the description) nothing else happens. Until the narrator literally says “part 2”. It’s like you are getting rewarded for sticking out the first half of zzzzz.
The whole storyline between the cops and what’s going on in his head/ personal / family life (aka not having to do with the case. I don’t want to give any details away for spoilers) was completely unnecessary. And boring. It didn’t take away from the story but also didn’t add anything. Why was Kate even there? She really didn’t do much, she was just... there.
The weird threesome dinner party was just cringy to listen to.
So yeah, great story but i felt like the ACTUAL story could’ve been told in 1/3 of it - which leaves a lot of room for improvement.

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Not very good

I pressed in to finish the book but feel she made her character about as dumb as they get. I know she was drownded with fear... but she was as stupid as it gets.
Really unimpressed.

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This Amazing Story Will NOT Let YOU Go!

Hang on for a thrilling ride as you proceed through this book. It is a psychological mystery/thriller of the first class. It is impossible to say much without giving away the story and thus becoming a spoiler review -- but just know that all is not what it seems; plot, characters, events -- and be ready for twists and turns in this story that will keep you listening all night if needed. The narration was wonderful throughout, the writing excellent. If you enjoy a new twist at every turn, this one is for you! And it will stay with you for a very long time -- as you ask yourself "why?" "who?" and gasp at what comes next. Very enjoyable listen!

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Didn't like the male narrator

I guess since Ian was a total piece of crap the narrator accomplished his goal but I didn't really care for his voice in the other roles either.

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