Review: I See You by Clare Mackintosh

31951280I See You by Clare Mackintosh

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Random House Canada
Publication Date: November 29th, 2016
Publisher: Berkely Books
Point of View: 1st & 3rd Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Adult, Mystery

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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 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.


I would probably have liked ‘‘I See You’’ better if it were less of a commercialized novel.

Alright, so I know most books are written for some kind of gain – money – but not many actually feel that way.

It’s rare for me to even think in such terms. Obviously, I’m aware during the reading part if a novel/series was written for our entertaining alone or to convey a certain message.

So because I didn’t find ‘‘I See You’’ full of deeply explored themes, my mind goes immediately to that one (cringe-worthy) adjective.

I’m not saying that the author really only thought about the profit she would make when writing this, I’m saying it doesn’t teach us much and it’s not that complex of a mystery.

Plus to me it felt like some things were exaggerated – for instance, it’s true that the metro is not the safest place on Earth, but it’s not that bad and people are not constantly staring at you, since they’re much more focused on their phones. Unless it’s different in London, I don’t know much about that place, sadly.

In this book, women are rapped then killed by men who download their information on a website and follow them around to corner them in order to proceed with their vile intentions.


It’s part ‘‘The Girl on the Train,’’ because of all the doubts in the main character’s mind and part the Mason Girls case, because of the murders executed by the clients and the mastermind behind the website.

I’m somewhat pleased with the writing, the characterizations and the fast-pacing, but I’m also somewhat displeased with how dramatic the author sometimes is in her writing, how ridiculously the characters act sometimes and how hard it tries to be suspenseful… but fails miserably.

The ending is also very despicable.

But while the story is relatively familiar, it still manages to be original. And it IS a page-turner.

It just very, very much feels like a commercialized book.


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2 thoughts on “Review: I See You by Clare Mackintosh

  1. Great review!
    I have seen this book everywhere but wasn’t too sure about it. It is good to finally have some insight! Thanks 🙂
    Kim @


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