REVIEW: I SEE YOU, BY CLAIRE MACKINTOSH

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What if you spent every day on a commuter train, feeling the crush of other people, noticing how some do not give an inch, and you are constantly pushed and pulled? Zoe Walker’s life is like that, and she deals with it. But then one day, she starts to feel as though someone is watching her, then following her, and a series of strange incidences add to the alarm she is starting to feel. Like seeing her photo in the Gazette, next to an advert for a website.

Zoe, a London wife and mother, working every day at a job that she hates, could just be creating drama for herself, right? But then she begins to notice other photos that seem to be connected to other events that happen a few days later…like a murder, or an assault.

I See You is told by alternating characters: Zoe, in the first person narrative, and Kelly Swift, in a third person voice. Kelly is a police officer, especially assigned to transport, and happens to be the one Zoe calls when she begins to fear for her safety. Then there is a mysterious third narrator, the perpetrator, who “teases” us in every chapter.

The story captured me and kept me glued to the pages, and as more events happened, and strange coincidences began to suggest that something very evil was going on, I could not stop reading.

There were other secondary characters that drew me in, like Zoe’s children: Justin, 23, and Katie, 19. They had the usual annoying characteristics of young adults who think they know it all. Then there is Simon, Zoe’s partner, who seemed like someone with a lot of secrets. I wondered about all of them throughout the story.

Discovering what and who was behind it all did not grab me until the end was near…and then, I really hated how it unfolded. The story’s conclusion reminded me once again that you can never know who you can trust, and horror could lurk behind the most ordinary doors. Then, when all was said and done, and when I thought I knew everything, that third narrator popped up with a final reveal. Definitely a page-turner, and despite my feelings at the end, this one earned 4 stars.

ratings worms 4-cropped***

 

FINDING A SAFE HAVEN — A REVIEW

 

 

 

When Jayne Sullivan headed to a small town in Maine, she was determined to capture images of a reclusive artist. But almost from the very first moments after her arrival, nothing is turning out to be what she expected.

First she is captivated by a mysterious handyman, Reed Kimball, and then she begins to discover various townspeople who seem to vary from unfriendly to strange.

While sorting out the events as they unfold, and before she can catch her breath, she is abducted and held prisoner in a damp basement, with no hope that she’ll ever escape. Her captor wears a mask and a cloak, and all she can see is a pair of intense blue eyes.

Fortunately, she is trained in martial arts and is able to break free, using skill and the element of surprise. But her journey toward finding the answers to the strange goings-on in this frightening town are only beginning. And never mind ever finding the artist who is definitely determined to hide.

Who can she trust and what can she know to be true? Suddenly everyone starts to look like the potential abductor and any pair of blue eyes could be those of her captor. Can she even believe in the goodness in Reed, who rescued her on the road after her escape?

All of the characters in Midnight Exposure seemed potentially suspect, including law enforcement. Even as I started to figure out who might have targeted Jayne and several others, I was thrown a curve at the end of this exciting page-turner that was a great mix of mystery and romance. As much as I enjoyed this book, I had trouble liking most of the characters. The author’s ability to evoke emotions with her characterizations is a plus. The motivations that drove the killer stretched credibility, however, so I’m awarding this one four stars. Recommended for fans of suspense and romance.