I See You
By Claire Mackintosh
Published by Sphere Paperback 2017
What it’s about?
Zoe Walker follows the same route to work every day. One day she sees a photograph in the classified adverts of a London newspaper. She’s convinced it’s her. But why is it there?
The website address and phone number in the advert don’t seem to offer any explanations. Zoe tries to forget about it, but every day the advert features with a different woman’s picture. What if it isn’t a coincidence? What if someone is watching Zoe?
What I think:
This is a tricky one. It is definitely a creepy book. I have used the Underground my whole life and never felt unsafe, but this definitely suggests the possibility of something more sinister.
The story builds slowly. Zoe is repeatedly convinced that she is over-reacting, that it is all in her imagination and that there is nothing to be concerned about. This adds to a sense of anxiety and paranoia that pervades the book.
For me, the stand out character was Kelly Swify, the police officer who believes Zoe that there is a link between Zoe’s picture and a crime she is investigating for British Transport Police. Since being suspended for assaulting a rape suspect, Kelly is desperate to get back into investigating serious crime, but she has to dealt with her own past if she is going to move on.
This is a very unsettling book, that keeps you guessing right until the end. And even then throws up some more twists.
To be honest, I wasn’t completely convinced by the ending – the twist were great but the motives seemed lacking. I don’t want to give any spoilers but would be interested to hear what other people think on this one.
Snap up a copy of I See You from:
Waterstone’s: click here
Amazon.co.uk: click here