I Found You by Lisa Jewell
Published by Atria Books on April 25th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
In a windswept British seaside town, single mom Alice Lake finds a man sitting on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, and no idea how he got there. Against her better judgment, she invites him inside.
Meanwhile, in a suburb of London, twenty-one-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed.
Twenty-three years earlier, Gray and Kirsty are teenagers on a summer holiday with their parents. Their annual trip to the quaint seaside town is passing by uneventfully, until an enigmatic young man starts paying extra attention to Kirsty. Something about him makes Gray uncomfortable—and it’s not just that he’s playing the role of protective older brother.
** Received an ARC from Simon & Schuster Canada for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all. Thank you!! **
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When Jesse asked me if I’d be interested in reading a novel and reviewing it for his blog, I was pretty excited and honored to be asked. When he told me it was a psychological thriller, well, I couldn’t wait! I have to admit, I am a bit biased when it comes to this genre. Though, I can usually solve the murder or mystery before I reach the half way mark of the novel. However, this one threw me for a loop!
I Found You takes place in a small town outside London, England, Ridinghouse Bay, where Alice lives with her 3 children. One day she notices a man sitting in the rain, out on the beach. She’s intrigued by this, worried for him and approaches him. Meanwhile, in London, Lily sits and waits for her husband to come home from work, but he never does. In 1993, Gray and Kristy are enjoying summer vacation with their parents in Ridinghouse Bay. Each chapter is based on a specific character’s perspective as well as a specific year, 1993 to be exact. The author goes back and forth between present and past time, which eventually, the two connect. I really do enjoy reading novels that change from one side of the story to another, it keeps you guessing. By about chapter 9 or 10, I thought to myself, “Oh, well isn’t this obvious!?” Boy, was I wrong!
It’s very clear that Lisa did not want this to be another take on “Gone Girl” or “Girl on the Train”. She differs from those stories by really going into detail about the characters, by making you feel like you are in 1993. And do I dare say, by making you feel sorry for the characters involved. A part of you thinks Alice is insane for helping a stranger with memory loss, yet, you want too want to help him and find out who he is, why he’s there and what happened to him. Not to mention poor Lily, newly living in London from the Ukraine, whose husband never came home and is nowhere to be found. And, well, I won’t tell you why I feel sorry for Gray and Kristy, I’ll let you find out why.
The author’s writing also allows you to fall in love with the characters. There were many times when I wanted to be Alice and help this poor man. I also wanted to be her best friend, shake Alice and say, “Are you crazy!” I wanted to be Kristy and Gray’s mom and yell, “Absolutely not, you are not going to a party!” Yet, at the end, I wanted to push this man, with memory loss, and Alice closer together so they could live happily ever after. It was a real emotional roller coaster!
I read this novel within a week. It was easy to read and very enjoyable. I couldn’t put it down, I just had to find out who this man, with no memory, really was! The author uses very descriptive language which helped me visual the water at the beach, the peacock, the big white house, the dogs, the town, and each character. Based on her writing it was easy to picture each situation. I hope this book turns into a movie, it would be great.
I look forward to reading more of Lisa’s novels. I believer her writing to be wonderful. With thirteen previous novels, I think I better get started.
I hope you enjoy I Found You as much as I did.
Until next time,
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Lisa was born in London in 1968. Her mother was a secretary and her father was a textile agent and she was brought up in the northernmost reaches of London with her two younger sisters. She was educated at a Catholic girls’ Grammar school in Finchley. After leaving school at sixteen she spent two years at Barnet College doing an arts foundation course and then two years at Epsom School of Art & Design studying Fashion Illustration and Communication.