This book started strong, but I lost interest by the end. Like the last book I read, I didn’t think the “bad guy” was all that plausible once revealed, and then when the mastermind behind the whole thing was revealed in the last couple of pages (someone different from the initial “bad guy”), I just rolled my eyes. A mystery is just no good when you lay everything at the feet of a character who was neither suspicious nor interesting in the previous nine-tenths of the book.
The beginning of the book caught my attention, when Zoe Walker finds herself staring at a photo of herself in the classifieds as she reads through a newspaper during her commute one day. There seems to be something sinister about the ad, although there’s very little information to explore to determine its purpose.
Zoe keeps an eye on the classifieds and notices similar anonymous photos of a growing number of women as the days pass, including, eventually, one who is the victim of a murder. She gets in touch with the police, who are at first dismissive, then skeptical, then equally suspicious of the strange personal ads. Of course it takes ages to unravel the digital trail behind the photos and the corresponding website that is eventually uncovered, and by this time in the novel I started to get really impatient with the story myself. I thought the purpose of the photos, once it was discovered, was totally ridiculous. I don’t think there would be a market for such things, even though this book would like to scare you into thinking so.
The conclusion, as I mentioned earlier, was unsatisfying. I felt annoyed when I finished, which is never a good way to end a book.
I See You by Clare Mackintosh