I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
You can't go wrong with a Richard and Judy Summer Bookclub recommendation! Previous years have seen reads like Daughter by Jane Shemilt (my review here), The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty (my review here), Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (my review here), The Thread by Victoria Hislop (my review here) and Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (my review here). In such good company, I knew to expect good things from I Let You Go.
I Let You Go starts with the death of a small boy, Jacob, who is killed in a hit and run accident. We follow the story of Jenna Gray as she deals with her grief and bereavement by moving to a small Welsh coastal village and hiding away from memories and her past.
The twist(s) in this book really caught me out. I didn't expect that first one at all! Once the initial twist came about mid-way through the book I raced through chapter after chapter completely enthralled.
After said twist, the story became really dark. I mean, with a title like I Let You Go it was expected, but I put this book down in places feeling pretty distraught. It is emotionally charged and reading some parts of this book was difficult. It's raw, well written and convincing. Heartbreaking.