That first book, “I Let You Go,” went on to sell half a million copies in the U.K. Her second book, “I See You,” just came out in the United States. She has outdone herself this time. In an interview she told me she got the idea for this second novel after she traveled with a friend through the Tube, the extensive underground London subway system.
Her friend demonstrated a trick. She explained that if they stood in an exact spot on the platform that when the train arrived and the doors opened they would be in a perfect position to board and obtain some of the only available seats in the train car.
And it was true. It happened exactly like that. The author began to think about how we are all creatures of routine, walking, standing, sitting, in the same places day after day. And the London Underground is filled with cameras that are recording the movements of millions of commuters.
In “I See You” a woman is riding on the subway when she notices a newspaper advertisement for a service that offers to connect men with women. There’s a photo of a woman in the ad. She cannot believe it. It is a photo of her. Disturbing, right?
She hadn’t provided her photo to this service? What’s going on here? She begins checking the newspaper every day to see which photos they are using. One of the photos they publish in an ad turns out to be that of a woman who then becomes a crime victim.
I’ll say one more thing about this fabulous mystery; the twist at the end of this one will leave readers spinning. You can hear my interview with Clare Mackintosh Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on WYSO (91.3FM).