I See You

i-see-youEvery 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…



I See You by Clare Mackintosh is a psychological thriller that truly kicks butt.  It is suspenseful and filled with unexpected twists and turns.  The writing is interesting and the storyline is so creepy with a dark, sinister voice embedded throughout the book enhancing the voyeur stalker vibe.

I see you.  But you don’t see me.  You’re engrossed in your book; a paperback cover with a girl in a red dress.  I can’t see the title but it doesn’t matter; they’re all the same.  If it isn’t boy meets girl, it’s boy stalks girl.  Boy kills girl.  The irony isn’t lost on me.

Zoe Walker is predictable.  She is a middle aged divorced mother of two who works hard and is no nonsense.  So, when Zoe sees her picture in an ad for a dating agency she is immediately confused.  The quality of the picture isn’t great, but she knows it’s her face.  Her children blow off the picture and call it a doppelganger.  Her boyfriend agrees that it isn’t her, but Zoe is not convinced.

Zoe can’t let it go.  She looks in the personal ad section of numerous older papers and recognizes another face.  Not hers, but someone she recognizes, different face but same ad.  Zoe knows something is off and she goes to the police.

Kelly Swift is a good cop but is haunted by a decision she made in her past.  Back in uniform, Kelly wants back in a special unit, but who will trust her.  She has great instincts and knows that Zoe is in trouble.

I read and loved Clare Macintosh’s first book, I Let You Go.  If you are going into this book hoping to find similarities, you will be disappointed.  There are no similarities.  The writing is very different.  With that being said, this book is fabulous and will not disappoint those who love to read thrillers.

4.5/5 stars


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