Author: Clare Mackintosh
Published: February 2017, Berkley
Format: ARC E-copy, 384 pages
The author of the New York Times bestseller I Let You Go propels readers 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…
My thoughts: Clare Mackintosh became an immediate fan favorite for me after her debut psychological thriller, I Let You Go, last year. As soon as I saw her new book, I knew I had to read it and once again, she managed to hit it out of the park!
Having just been to London myself, I could really appreciate this story. One of the first things my husband and I noticed is that there are cameras everywhere in London - very different from here in the US. So, I could appreciate the "eyes" on you feeling that Zoe got and that is a major part of this story. It's chilling - how often do we find ourselves doing the same thing everyday - taking the same route to work, park in the same spot in the parking lot, going to the same coffee shop at the same time, etc? Could someone pin point your exact movements based on your daily routine?
This story grabs you from the start and doesn't let up. There are two strong female leads that narrate the story - Zoe and Kelly - as well as the perpetrator, who we do not find out the identity of until the very end. And let me just tell you, the sections told by this mystery person are quite chilling! I thought I had it figured out a few times as to who was behind everything only to be completely off-base - boy was I completely surprised when I came to the end!
Clare Mackintosh has proven with this book that she is definitely not a one-hit wonder! This book is just as good as her debut and I cannot wait to see what comes never from her...this girl can spin a mean tale!!!