I Found You by Lisa Jewell reveiwed

I Found You
Lisa Jewell
Random House UK, Cornerstone
April 20, 2017

'How long have you been sitting out here?' 'I got here yesterday.' 'Where did you come from?' 'I have no idea.' East Yorkshire: Single mum Alice Lake finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement she invites him in to her home. Surrey: 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. Two women, twenty years of secrets and a man who can't remember lie at the heart of Lisa Jewell's brilliant new novel.

I Found You by Lisa Jewell opens with Alice in her small cottage on the coast in the north of England seeing a man sitting on the beach. Later that day he is still there and he is still there in the evening. Her intentions not to be involved weaken. The man, who cannot even remember his name never mind why he is there spends the night in the studio apartment she has. It was easy reading and quickly drew me in.

In addition to the story line about the man who has lost his memory and is in a fugue state there are two other threads in this book. In a flat in London, Lily, from eastern Europe is wondering where her recently married husband is. There is also a thread about a family having a holiday in the same seaside resort that Alice lives in. These apparently diverse threads you just know will come together during the book.

The characters in this worked generally very well for me. In particular Alice I thought was a very good character and I grew to like Lily too. In fact the area of this book I liked best was Alice, her life and her family – I found all of that engaging and believable. The pace and storytelling were such that the fact some of the characters seemed a little thinner to me faded in importance. As the story progresses the tension mounts nicely and it kept me reading without any effort at all.

I’d not read any of Lisa Jewell books before this however I’d certainly be open to reading more of her work. The writing is really appears quite lightweight and some parts of the story do so too. However that conceals a nicely crafted and quite deep story which I really enjoyed reading.

Note – I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review