Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Book Review: "I Found You" by Lisa Jewell

I Found You Lisa Jewell
Date Finished: March 2, 2017
Date Published: April 25, 2017
ISBN: 9781501154591
Genre: Thriller
Source: TLC Book Tours
Highly Recommended

You might enjoy this book if you like: Cold cases, unreliable narrators, books like The Girl on the Train

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.

My Thoughts:
I agreed to read this book because it was by Lisa Jewell, who I've enjoyed in the past.  But I must admit that I had a bit of apprehension when I read that this was "the next The Girl on the Train."  You see, I really didn't enjoy that novel (although I do enjoy thrillers in general).   So, it was with a bit of trepidation that I started in on this one.

I will say this: If you liked The Girl on the Train, you will enjoy this one as it has a lot of the same "feels."  However, if you are like me and were less enamored with Paula Hawkins' hit book, don't worry--you'll probably still enjoy this one.

There are three pieces to this novel--Alice lake and the mysterious man she finds on the beach, Lily searching for her missing husband, and "something" that happened over 20 years previously.  Jewell deftly arranges these three stories so that the transitions happen at just the right time to keep the reader engaged and the story moving.  Not to give any spoilers, but I can assure you that these three pieces do ultimately fit together.

I normally figure out the "whodunnit" part of these book fairly early.  And while I did discover the secret in this book before the last page, I do feel like I discovered it exactly when Jewell wanted me to.  Up until that point, I really had no clue how it was going--which is...weird (but in a good way!).  I also felt that they way things worked out makes sense--so frequently, thriller stories fall apart because the "secret" is so unbelievable.

I started out feeling apprehensive about this book, but ended up thoroughly enjoying it.  It held my attention throughout and, unlike many similar books, it kept me guessing.  This is definitely one that I would widely recommend.

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.

Connect with Lisa at her website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

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