When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation: just a grainy image, a website address and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.
Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make…
So I downloaded this audiobook back in August 2018 and I’d been listening to it in chunks ever since then. Even though the book quickly got off the ground with the mystery, I had issues concentrating on it. It was only until 25 in Five this past weekend that I really sat down and gave it a good try. I’m so glad to have finally “read” this one. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would!
I really loved the story for this one. The idea that someone is tracking your daily routine was really creepy and brought me back to my own commute I used to do for my old job. Just like this book points out, I would arrive at the same time, stand at the same place on the platform, and sit in the same carriage every day, both to and from work. I would have been the perfect candidate for findtheone.com. You’re so unaware of just how predictable you are.
I didn’t love any of the characters in this book. From Zoe who was a cliché of a middle-aged woman who knew nothing about technology, to her budding actress daughter, to the apologetic still-in-love ex-husband and the troubled police officer. None of the characters were particularly memorable, but I did enjoy following their stories over the course of the book. And even though I hate the determined rookie police officer cliché, I did find myself rooting for Kelly, though not so much when she went against her superior’s instructions. Just for once can a fictional police officer do what they’re tod? Please?
I did find the start of this a little slow but it quickly ramped up and before I knew it, I was listening to hours on end of it, eager to know what was going to happen next.
Throughout the story, there were several mystery novel clichés but I was honestly a little surprised by the reveal, even though there was a part of me that felt like it was coming. I’m glad Mackintosh didn’t go with the easy option… until the epilogue when what I had thought from the start came into fruition. This did disappoint me, to be honest, but I’d enjoyed the rest of the book so much I still think it’s really worth the read!
Overall, I ended up really enjoying this mystery through all its clichés. It was an exciting and unique “read”. If you’re looking for an easy mystery /crime book I’d definitely recommend picking this up.