I Let You Go has been compared to the best-selling thriller Girl on the Train, but I liked this one much better. I Let You Go will keep you guessing with some major plot twists, but they seemed plausible, not contrived. And, unlike Girl on the Train, I found the characters here likable, and I empathized with both cops and suspects.
Five-year-old Jacob let go of his single mom's hand very briefly, on their walk home from school on a rainy afternoon, and was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. (Thus the book's title.) No eyewitnesses come forward, and all the earnest police work by Inspector Stevens and newbie detective Kate is unable to solve the case.
The plot shifts and Jenna takes over as narrator, overwhelmed with guilt and trying to make a new life on the deserted and wild coast of England. There, she takes in an abandoned dog, and gradually begins to trust folks and make connections.
Although I often could not guess what was going to happen next, I didn't feel manipulated or tricked by the author. Both Mackintosh's plot and characters are believable, and I sped through the book. I think anyone who likes police procedurals with plenty of suspense----and plenty to think about too--will like this book.