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I Let You Go Audiobook

I Let You Go

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Publisher's Summary

A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn't have prevented it. Could she?

In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief, and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever.

Slowly Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating....

©2014 Clare Mackintosh (P)2015 Isis Audiobooks

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What the Critics Say

"A hugely assured and gripping debut and a twist that made me green with envy." (Mark Billingham)

"Absolutely brilliant - I ripped through it." (Jenny Colgan)

"A superb debut, Clare Mackintosh writes eloquently about grief, guilt and fear and delivers some shocking twists." (Cath Staincliffe)

"A terrific, compelling read with an astonishing twist that floored me. I loved it and did not want it to end." (Peter James)

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    Julia McCra Vic 20/07/2015
    Julia McCra Vic 20/07/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story with a few unexpected twists"

    I really enjoyed this book, from the 1st chapter you already know what this book is about, but the story unfolds like a flower with layers upon layers, the characters are interesting and the narration was very good and I got to the stage where I couldn't put this book down and a few days later I was still digesting the story line. I am looking forward to read more of Clare's books

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 23/12/2016
    Linda 23/12/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "So so"

    It will be hard to write a review without giving any of the story away so don't expect too much from me on this one! I found it hard to listen to for multiple reasons; I didn't warm to any of the characters, the pace was slow, I felt a bit cheated about the big twist in the middle and the ending was just not credible. After reading other reviews, I am outnumbered as most people seem to have enjoyed it far more than me. I hope you are one of them too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary 21/12/2016
    Rosemary 21/12/2016
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    "twists upon twists"

    just when you think you know where the story is headed another curve in the plot! love if

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cailin 12/12/2016
    Cailin 12/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Story"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Brilliant story with equally great narration. I'm now struggling to find a book to live up to this one!


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    Amelia68 Australia 12/12/2016
    Amelia68 Australia 12/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Packs a punch"

    After reading and loving Clare Mackintosh's 2nd novel, I See You, I knew I had to give this one a go - and it didn't disappoint! Whilst I found the first half a bit slow going at times, the second half of the story more than made up for it, and it really packed a punch! With lots of red herrings and a huge twist I did not see coming, it had me emotionally tied in knots and unable to tear myself away until I had found out what really happened that fateful day. Very much recommended, I can't wait for the author's next book.

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    Rebecca 03/12/2016
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    "On the edge of my seat"

    Great book. I didn't want to get out of my car on many occasions because I needed to know what was going to happen next!!

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    Kylie 25/11/2016
    Kylie 25/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful Surprise"

    this book!! absolutely loved it! so glad that i got the audio version because i dont think my mind could have done the male role in part 2 justice as its been done in this version. i love finding a new author that grabs me and makes me want to read/listen to all their books!

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    Jessica 18/11/2016
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    "Couldn't stop listening!!"
    What other book might you compare I Let You Go to, and why?

    I listened to the authors later book I See You first, and enjoyed that one so much I found I Let You Go. Both great stories, easy to listen to and relax.


    Have you listened to any of David Thorpe and Julia Barrie ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No but I will search them out. Fantastic narration and brilliant accents.


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    Claire Allwood 23/10/2016
    Claire Allwood 23/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Keeps you interested"

    A couple of unexpected twists keeps you interested. A bit dark at times (grim, another reviewer said, and it is the perfect word) but these are dark subjects. Won't win any literary prizes but the story and characters are solid and the performances, especially by David, are really good. I guess it is just not my usual genre and I was a little non-plussed at the end, not quite sure how to feel about it. Some books stay with you forever, some you can't stop reading but leave you almost immediately. I suspect this is one of the latter. But that's ok - we're not always after forever, right?

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    Sharon Preston, Australia 21/10/2016
    Sharon Preston, Australia 21/10/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "A worthwhile but grim story"

    A well written story about domestic violence. Gives sensitive insights & the story comes together in a satisfying ending. Some surprises but also becomes predictable at times.

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    "What a bastard!"

    The story kept making me uncomfortable while I was lstening. Not because of the story.

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  • Nicki
    25/10/15
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    "Felt I'd read it before"
    If you could sum up I Let You Go in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting but predictable,


    What does David Thorpe and Julie Barrie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought they both did a tremendous job of reading, but their inconsistent Welsh accents and pronunciation were a bit hit and miss, sorry.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The reunion with her sister


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  • Ann
    Newcastle, England
    9/05/15
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    "Fabulous debut!"
    Where does I Let You Go rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I found it difficult to put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    I am very much looking forward to more from this author. This book was highly compelling. Intelligently written, with great characters and rich context that gave me a real sense of being there with Jenna. Despite being brutal in its content, it was penned with a light touch. Highly recommended.

    35 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • Petra
    25/09/15
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    "Absolutely brilliant!"

    WOW! One of the best psychological thrillers I have listened to in ages. I can't actually believe this is a debut novel. The twists and surprises were jaw dropping. My emotions were all over the place with this one. I am not even going to go into any description of what the story is about for fear of spoiling it. Very cleverly written, the characters were all really excellent.
    David Thorpe and Julie Barrie were both fantastic. Julie Barrie had me close to tears several times, while David Thorpe's sinister, evil voice felt truly threatening.
    Loved it! I would give it more than 5 stars if I could.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Bluebottle
    13/05/15
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    "Slow start but good twists"

    I was struggling with the first part of this book, it seemed quite slow and a bit pointless, then I found out why and I settled in and enjoyed it. So my advice is stick with the scene setting and hold on for the surprises!

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Pam
    4/06/15
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    "Kept me gripped the whole way through!"

    Just my cup of tea! Such a gripping story with unpredictable twists and turns!! Right to the very end!
    Come on Clare Mackintosh we need your next book asap!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • surfersky
    london
    3/08/15
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    "Didn't capture me"

    I didn't enjoy this book. I found parts tedious, particularly the first half of the book.
    I didn't like the characters. I wasn't interested in the police characters or storyline.
    The main story didn't grip me and found it a struggle to complete the book.
    I did not like the male narrator. His voice was harsh and a bit forced. His character voices grated and over acted.

    Obviously many loved this book. It just wasn't for me.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Saffy
    UK
    3/06/15
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    "A gripping debut"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to everyone I know. It is an amazing debut that I listened to at every available moment. My previous book of this year was 'Girl on the Train' but this was even better. I loved the Bristol/Wales settings and really felt that I was there in the middle of the story. The characterisation was excellent and believable and the twists were completely unexpected.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Let You Go?

    One of the twists which I really did not see coming.


    What about David Thorpe and Julie Barrie ’s performance did you like?

    Both readers were excellent. I love listening to audiobooks with multiple narrators.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were many shocking moments but they were done with empathy and not to shock gratuitously. I felt completely caught up in Jenna's story.


    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Lindsey Tobias
    24/06/15
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    "Intriguing story"

    Good story line, quite thought provoking on domestic violence issues, that aren't often covered.
    Feel good book as I love a happy ending
    I wasn't over keen on the male narrators voice, felt a bit of a dreary at points

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    24/05/15
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    "Good book!"

    Very good, couldn't stop listening to it, got all of my housework done from top to bottom while listening to it !

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Anne M
    25/05/15
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    "Stilted reader but enjoyable story"

    Unfortunately I found the male narrator rather stilted in his reading style, which spoiled this side of the story for me. His flat and final "he said"s reminded me of a child reading from a script at a school performance. Overall, despite the dark subject matter, this book felt more like "chick lit" with its predictable ending, but was nonetheless an enjoyable listen.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    13/12/16
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    "An impressive first novel"

    I believe that this is the author's debut novel which makes this well-crafted narrative all the more impressive. It opens with the death of Jacob, a 5 year old, knocked down by a hit and run driver. The accident witnessed by his horrified mother. The main female character, Jenna, then disappears to a remote coastal village in Wales traumatised by the accident. Thereafter the story alternates between Jenna’s agonised recollections of the sight and sounds of the boy being hit by the car and the efforts of detective inspector, Ray, and his DC, Kate, as they try to trace the driver of the car. The two sets of characters are slowly fleshed out over 20 or so chapters with no progress over identifying the culprit. We learn of marital friction between Ray and his wife, the frustrations of police work; and Jenna’s tentative steps to make a new life for herself in Wales, but still haunted by the accident.

    It would be a spoiler to give any more details, but around chapter 24, a year after the accident, the story is transformed as Jenna’s backstory starts to be revealed, including the existence of an estranged husband. From then on I was glued to my headphones eager to hear the next twist and turn of the story that rapidly gains momentum.

    Don’t be put off by the seemingly slow start to the book. These early chapter get one involved with the characters and when the story took off it meant that I was really involved with their lives and cared what happened to them.

    Having two narrators, a male and female, works well as both are able to modulate their voices to make the various characters sound life different people.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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