I Found You by Lisa Jewell
I Found You by Lisa Jewell is my first encounter with this author, but will not be the last.
First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher, and of course the author, for providing me with this copy in exchange for an honest review.
The story unfolds from three angles.
Alice, known for taking in strays of all kinds, finds a man sitting on the beach in the rain. He has no memory. No idea of who he is, where he is from, or how he arrived at the beach in Ridinghouse Bay. Alice brings him home, and lets him stay in her shed out the back. He is not the first man who has lived there, although they usually pay rent. Her three children, to varying degrees, disapprove. Her three dogs love him. Her youngest daughter names him Frank. They decide not to call the police yet. As Frank and Alice grow closer, his memory starts to return.
Lily, an immigrant from Ukraine, sits in her London apartment waiting for her husband to come home. They are newlyweds. Although they’ve only known each other a short time, Lily knows Carl would never leave her. They are hopelessly in love. He doesn’t come home. She calls the police. Now she realizes how little she knows about her husband.
Rewind to the year 1993. The Ross family rented Rabbit Cottage every year. Gray is 17 and his sister Kirsty is 15. Their parents are enchanted with the atmosphere of the cottage and the area of Ridinghouse Bay. The kids loved it when they were younger, but this year they don’t really want to be there. When a young man named Mark Tate starts showing a rather obsessive interest in Kirsty, Gray is on guard. The family will never be the same.
As mentioned earlier, this is the first book I’ve read by Lisa Jewell. I really like her style of writing, and the suspense really built with the way the story unfolded. Her characters were really deep enough so that you felt you “knew” them. There was a bit of a twist at the end, which was really good.
Worth the read!
Read: March 2017
Favorite Quotes from I Found You:
“People reveal themselves to you a layer at a time. That is why you should wait. Wait until you get to the layers near the bottom. Usually where the worst stuff is. And then, if the worst stuff is not so bad, then you marry.”
“I am dark. That doesn’t mean I can’t have fun. I can have lots of fun. But when it is just me. Alone. With myself—there is no sunshine.”
About the Author: Lisa Jewell was born and raised in north London, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of twelve novels, including The House We Grew Up In and The Third Wife.