Monthly Archives: May 2015

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

I let you go


I simply cannot leave this book on the shelf and not mention just how terrific I thought it was. I love stories that are based in areas that I have some awareness of as it allows me to visualise the environment. Based partly in Bristol and near Swansea I automatically felt a small connection with the settings.

‘A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn’t have prevented it. Could she?’

Jenna Gray’s life has been turned upside down and she feels the only way to escape the nightmare is to leave everything and everyone she knows and start again. The story is told from multiple angles and provides a well paced narrative that paints a picture of a complex police investigation and the impact that this has on the key characters of the story. Clare has used her experiences as a police detective to describe police procedures in a way that is easy to follow as a ‘civilian’ and yet understand the pressures being placed on an overstretched service and the dedicated staff within. You are also taken a on journey with Jenna in terms of how she is dealing (or not) with the accident that has shaped her new life, willing her to find a light at the end of the long, dark tunnel she finds herself in.

I was really drawn into Jenna’s new life on the coast and it was a place I felt I wanted to visit, thanks to the way Clare had described it. I also felt Clare created a life for Detective Inspector Ray Stevens which was both realistic and challenging. This is not a story with huge numbers of characters, but she manages to allow the reader to engage with each one on a much deeper level and with her totally unexpected killer twist, has you questioning your own thought processes.

This book was literally one I could not put down. I felt I was being drip fed small clues and pieces of the bigger picture to the point that I needed to know what was going to happen, because Clare is very clever in not giving everything away!

I would definitely give this 5/5 stars!

If you are a fan of psychological thrillers, then give this one a go and let me know what you think!

MJ xx


Where do I write?

For those who know me and where I live, the question is often asked about how I manage to find space to write and avoid the obvious distractions of family life! We live in a modest sized 3 bed semi-detached house with 2 school age children and the whirlwind that comes with that! In an ideal world I’d love to have a writing shed – somewhere in the garden that I can physically retreat to, in order to have my own space, make my own mess and be away from the distractions that come with ‘working from home’! It doesn’t need to have much – a desk, a comfy chair, lots of book shelf space, lighting and heating. And windows – lots of them! But in reality, writing space can, I guess be anywhere, I mean JK Rowling famously wrote much of the Harry Potter series in a cafe down the road from her flat.

This would be lovely!

This would be lovely!

My biggest distraction is actually the internet, so I’m umming and ahhing about whether I’d want the wi-fi to reach… oh of course it should, what am I on about!

This would be AWESOME!!

This would be AWESOME!!

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Just checking in

It’s been a strange few days, you know the kind when lots seems to have happened, but you don’t feel like you’re going anywhere..?

The word count isn’t where it should be, but it’s not far out and I have 3 days of almost solid writing this week, so I am hoping I may get somewhere close before the week’s out. I really could do with a daily checker… but that would be like having a boss *shudders*!! But I need to keep the wolf from the door somehow and I have a careers ‘fairy’, who sends occasional possible job opportunities… is this in case my whole dream falls to rat s**t?! I have noticed they are getting geographically further away… or am I reading too much into that! So a few leads are currently being chased – things I can do which will compliment this writing process and today I went all out and applied for a Travel Writing Scholarship linked to World Nomads and Lonely Planet… only to realise that I probably don’t fit the profile in terms of age, shape, attractiveness and general coolness… still, like I keep saying: If you don’t ask, then the answer will always be no! Continue reading

You couldn’t script it… could you?!

Now, this is a post that a few of you who follow me on Facebook/Twitter might have been expecting. We’ve just returned from a lovely few days away in Cornwall… camping. I mean, come on, it’s May, surely it would be OK to camp in May, no?! Now, we’re not scared to camp and we’re not bothered by the rain, so to be fair, even though the weather wasn’t all that kind to us, it never really stopped us doing what we had planned and when it REALLY mattered, the sun came out. That is, when we set the tent up and we when we took it down! I guess I always knew that the sun wouldn’t a permanent fixture, because we have friends who go to Cornwall every year and every year they manage to find some sunshine, but yep, you guessed it – they weren’t in Cornwall this weekend, so no real sunshine to speak of! I must say though that the main benefit of wind/rain on the coast is the sight of fabulous crashing waves and we certainly saw plenty of them!! Love love love it!


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