I See You by Clare Mackintosh
I had seen I See You in just about every book review article over the summer. I was going to take it on holiday but due to the fact that the book weighs a tonne and I cannot pack lightly I decided against it.
Zoe Walker is a middle aged divorcee, with two children and working a job she hates just to pay the bills. She lives with her partner Simon, her daughter – a wannabe actress and her son who is your typical lazy teen who works for their glamourous next door neighbour in her café empire in London.
Travelling on the tube to work Zoe sees her picture in the classified section of a newspaper (her picture is actually as an advertisement for a dating line) and immediately sets about trying to discover why her picture is there. Her family are convinced it’s someone who looks like her but when she looks at newspapers over the previous few days she realises the faces featured have gone on to be the victims of crime – one is burgled, the other murdered.
Running parallel to this story is that of Kelly a police officer who is returning to the beat after assaulting her sister’s rapist. Kelly takes on Zoe’s case and fights tooth and nail to get to the bottom of it.
Zoe ends up losing her mind; she has to take time off from work and accuses everyone of being the culprits from her daughter’s boyfriend to Simon.
Throughout the novel Melissa, the glamourous next door neighbour keeps popping up as the angel figure – she’s babysat Zoe’s kids, she’s offered one of them a job and she’s listened as Zoe breaks down and thinks a man is following her on the tube.
So obviously it was Melissa who is behind the picture in the paper and the malicious attacks. Her little business on the side works by men seeing Zoe’s or the victim’s picture in the paper and ringing the number beside it. They pay a fee and for this they are given the victim’s daily commute route on the tube so they can follow them.
Melissa shows no remorse and holds Zoe captive whilst she reveals Zoe’s daughter in the latest to have her picture in the paper and makes her set off on her usual route, while Zoe tied to a chair, watches helplessly as her daughter is followed. Luckily she’s intercepted by the transport police however Melissa and Zoe ended up in a fight with the latter killing her next door neighbour, however this is later deemed self-defence.
I found the whole concept of Melissa’s business slightly strange and at times a bit unbelievable but on the whole the book had me on the edge of my seat. Its definitely one you want to read as quickly as possible!