‘I Let You Go’ was first published in late 2014 and is Clare Mackintosh’s debut novel. Prior to that, Mackintosh spent 12 years working in the police force (which you can tell by reading the book)
before leaving in 2011 to work as a freelance journalist and social media consultant. The book is loved by many, including writers.
The first part of the book is about setting a mood and a theme. We get presented with various perspectives of the crime that was committed, the crime being a hit and run of a little boy.
We get to see the accident through the mother who sees her son die and has to hold his body by the road in the rain. We get to see her worst nightmare come to life.
We also get to see the accident through the detectives who have to investigate and are tasked to find the boy’s killer.
We see how this investigation consumes the lead detective’s life and he starts ignoring his family life. The first half of the book is slow paced, emotional and heavy.