You Let Me In by Lucy Clarke


Nothing has felt right since Elle rented out her house . . .


There’s a new coldness. A shift in the atmosphere. The prickling feeling that someone is watching her every move from the shadows.


Maybe it’s all in Elle’s mind? She’s a writer – her imagination, after all, is her strength. And yet every threat seems personal. As if someone has discovered the secrets that keep her awake at night.


As fear and paranoia close in, Elle’s own home becomes a prison. Someone is unlocking her past – and she’s given them the key…

Note to self: NEVER rent out my house! Change all my keys and if anyone has a spare ask for it back! This is a classic your’e alone in the house but are you really? Did you lock that door, open that window or move that object? Has someone been here or is it all just your imagination? Elle is sure that someone is doing all these things to her but at the same time she has been under a lot of stress so it could all be in her head.

I know these stories can be a bit cliche and we’ve seen it all before but there is a reason they are popular. I love a creepy I’m alone but not really story and this book delivers that. It is a classic did it happen or not story. Elles desperation at not being able to tell if anythings really happening and her fear at being alone/ not alone in her house is well written and definitely made me think of being alone after watching a film that scared me more than I would care to admit and there is that moment when every noise makes you stop and think.

This story is told in the present with glimpses back to Elles past where you are told about something that happened when she was a teen. It is also interspersed with glimpses of things through the perpetrators eyes as they are in her house. As the story progresses more of Elles secrets come out and you are given more reasons of why people could be doing this to her. While I did work out what was happening I didn’t work it out too early on and there are enough red herrings that with each incident you realise it could be anyone.

Elle is a character with secrets and she made some bad choices but also some that you understand. All of these secrets have come back to haunt her and one of them is the reason that someone is stalking her. By the end you understand everything but you don’t necessarily agree with everything she did and you maybe feel slight sympathy for the perpetrator.

I would definitely recommend this book to fans of the psychological thriller genre and to maybe check the doors are locked!

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