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Publisher's Summary

The author of the New York Times best seller I Let You Go propels listeners into a dark and claustrophobic thriller in which a normal, everyday woman becomes trapped in the confines of her normal, everyday world.

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.

©2017 Clare Mackintosh (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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  • C. Telfair
  • Shepherdstown, WV, United States
  • 02-23-17

Commuters Beware!

This book has all the virtues of other recent thrillers like "Gone Girl" and "The Girl on the Train", but it also features a likable and relatable cast of characters. It is, in other words, a real winner!

Our two major characters are Zoe, a single mother with boyfriend and so-so job, and Kelly, a young cop with a checkered record and a tendency to push the envelop of police rules. Both are people the listener/reader might come across in real life - and we'd like and sympathize with them.

Their lives are soon linked by a bizarre case which threatens the safety of women who commute every day on the same transport lines. Kelly gets an assignment on the police case, and Zoe is a justifiably fearful potential victim. Both women are smart, resourceful, and fully engaged in solving the mystery.

The action moves fast, with the twists and turns which are likely to keep you up late and/or thinking of excuses to drive just a little further or sit in the car in the garage. Sure, there are a couple of places where you ask yourself if there's a bit of implausibility in certain details and coincidences, but the story moves quickly enough that disbelief is easily suspended.

I really liked this tense story line, and the narrator is just about perfect. It's a satisfying thriller/mystery.

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • motoJill
  • Oregon, United States
  • 03-07-17

Interesting premise in need of a better writer

I See You started out strong, dragged through the middle, and ended in absurdity. The premise is interesting but the author needs a better editor. Zoe's character dominates the story and becomes tiresome about halfway through. Meanwhile, Kelly's character is underdeveloped and her work with the murder team is unbelievable. In fact, the author's portrayal of police and policing is amateurish at best. The story doesn't always make sense— chapters alternate between Zoe and Kelly and key information gets lost in the transition.
As for the final chapters— just plain dumb. Over the top dumb. A huge letdown dumb.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed

Was really looking forward to this after author's first book. Sure, there's twists and mystery to the storyline but I could not get into this. I forced myself to finish and really wish I would've just returned it sooner and got my credit back despite having it on my radar for months.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Predictably Average

I should have known better. I read this author's other book and found it pretty basic. I was hoping for more from this one, but it's in the same league.
There were times while listening to this book that I thought the premise was really interesting and unique, but then the predictable and boring characters would do some more predictable and boring stuff and the author would lose me again.
I suppose this book might appeal to some readers. It's pretty straightforward, and though it purports to have "twists", I found it pretty flat. The twists just sort landed with a big thud and seemed lame and contrived. Add to that a total lack of character development and you just have an average book.
The narration was okay. There was some fairly melodramatic overacting, but I've heard worse.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Narrator really lost steam...

Liked it until about 2/3 through when the narrator began slowing her words down to the point she sounded drunk. Very odd. Made it nearly impossible to finish.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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NOT LIKE GONE GIRL OR GIRL ON THE TRAIN

Started out strong but lost me as soon as the main characters kept themselves in danger by not using the most basic common sense. The perpetrator's of the evil were also not believable. By the end of the book it was very "ho-hum."

17 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Really dull

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This book is written oddly, and I can't quite pinpoint why. It sounds rather disheveled. I considered stopping several times but stuck with it.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Meh.

Which scene was your favorite?

No scene sticks out.

Do you think I See You needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I certainly wouldn't read it.

Any additional comments?

Narration is good. She could only do so much with the disjointed story.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great Concept, Flawed Execution

The first hour set the book up well enough to keep me engaged through the end, despite some choppy character development and some idiotic choices that the main character makes. It was also a little confusing to have one narrator with three different narratives: first person narratives from Zoe and creepy mysterious person(s) behind everything, and then an inexplicably third person narrative that follows Kelly and her mostly irrelevant backstory.

Zoe becomes vexing and makes some really daft decisions when she's clearly in danger, like trusting kind strangers, insisting that she walk alone to clear her head or being hesitant to have family or colleagues drive her in lieu of taking the transit that sets this plot in motion.

I don't think the ending is impossible to see coming but the motives are weak. I was still engaged, though, so it wasn't completely ridiculous like the supernatural twist in Behind Her Eyes. It definitely isn't as solid as The Girl on the Train.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great story!

Lots of unexpected twists and turns, with a surprising outcome. I couldn't wait to hear it all! I did not click with the narrator, however, and this was a bit of a cold shower. It was my first audio book ever, so this lack of connection was rather disappointing. But I still recommend it. I would love to see this on the big screen.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Scary reality!

After a sluggish start, the story draws you in for a very exciting and scary "ride", pun intended. You think you've heard of dating services? Not like this one! You will not predict the ending , I promise! Narration is brilliant as the Brits say, apropos for the setting of this addictive thriller! Enjoy!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful