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Release Date: Available Now
Synopsis: In a windswept British seaside town, single mom, Alice Lake finds a man sitting on the beach outside her home. He has no name, no jacket, and no idea how he got there. Against her better judgement, 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 that he’s playing the role of protective older brother.
Two decades of secrets, a missing husband, and a man with no memory are at the heart of this brilliant new novel, filled with “beautiful writing, believable characters, packet narrative, and dark secrets” (London Daily Mail) that makes Lisa Jewell so beloved on both sides of the Atlantic.
Despite Lisa Jewell being one of my favorite suspense authors, I hesitated over requesting this because of the multiple perspectives and time spans. I just read a book that did this and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to tackle another. Thankfully, while the previous book’s use of this plot was jarring and confusing, In I Found You, Lisa Jewell seamlessly moves back and forth between her characters and timelines, leaving you breathlessly wondering how the puzzle pieces will all fit together. Jewell’s novels tend to be character-driven and her latest is no different, although I have to be honest and admit I had a difficult time connecting to Alice. She’s someone who has already been involved in a string of bad relationships, yet she brings home a stranger who’s suffering from amnesia, and then within a few days is completely smitten with him? Even the romantic in me found this to be unrealistic. But there’s something that ties all these characters together, their need to be loved. That need leads to questionable decisions on all their parts, but their desperation also leads to the very intriguing mystery them all together. I spent the majority of the novel not knowing who to trust or how everything was related. I second-guessed myself several times, right up until the satisfying conclusion. Overall, I Found You has a clever and suspense-filled plot, combined with quirky characters, that further shows why Lisa Jewell is a force to be reckoned with in the genres of mystery, suspense, and psychological thrillers.