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I Found You: A Novel Paperback – March 6, 2018
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“Lisa Jewell is a brilliant storyteller, creating suspenseful yet believable novels time and again. I Found You is no exception—filled with intriguing characters connected in startling ways. Quickly paced yet delicately nuanced, this novel is sure to appeal to fans of Big Little Lies and The Woman in Cabin 10.” ― Shelf Awareness (starred review)
"Jewell is a wonderful storyteller. Her characters are believable, her writing is strong and poetic, and her narrative is infused with just enough intrigue to keep the pages turning. Readers of Liane Moriarty, Paula Hawkins, and Ruth Ware will love." ― Library Journal (starred review)
“How [the] plots intersect and finally collide is one of the great thrills of reading Jewell’s book. She ratchets up the tension masterfully, and her writing is lively.” ― New York Times Book Review
“The structure keeps the suspense level high, and Jewell manages surprising revelations all the way up to the ending. The mix of women’s fiction and suspense—plus a no-nonsense 40-something heroine at the heart of the story—makes this a good fit for fans of Liane Moriarty.” ― Booklist
“Riveting…numerous twists avoid predictability, and the novel is well-paced as it weaves three narratives together. Dark and moody, this is a mystery with substance.” ― Kirkus Reviews
"One word: wow! This latest offering from Jewell starts off strong and keeps readers riveted until the very last word…this book is ‘unreliable narrator’ at its best!" ― RT Book Reviews
"Jewell keeps the reader guessing." ― New York Post, Required Reading column
“Jewell is a genuinely original and skilled novelist with an impressive flair for deftly crafted narratives and surprising plot development.” ― Midwest Book Review
“There will be tendencies to compare this book to The Girl On The Train and its various imitators, but don’t be fooled: This is better than those. Jewell’s forte is the good old-fashioned novel of psychological suspense, the kind that keeps you reading deep into the night.” ― The Globe and Mail
"Crackling suspense...Among the year’s best domestic thrillers." ― Toronto Star
About the Author
- Item Weight : 4 ounces
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1501154605
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501154607
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Atria Books; Reprint edition (March 6, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alice Lake, main character in the first story, lives in a coastal village in the U.K. called Ridinghouse Bay with her three children and three dogs. She's made some bad decisions in her life. Each of her kids have a different father, and good riddance to all three of the blokes. Alice's life is rather chaotic and messy. But she loves her kids, and they love her. There's a basic goodness about her. She would give the shirt off her back to someone in need.
And that's just what she does when she sees a man sitting on the beach one day in the rain. He looks cold and lost. When she notices he's still there several hours later, she takes a coat out to him, and learns he has amnesia. He can't tell her his name, or where he came from. Or when he last had a meal. Alice knows she shouldn't get involved. He could be an axe murderer. But, how can she leave him there? In spite of knowing it will give the village people more fodder for gossip, but she takes him in, feeds him, and decides to give him shelter for a day or two. Just until she can help him finding his identity....
In the second story, a young, beautiful woman named Lily Montose is impatiently waiting for her husband of two weeks to come home. She is from the Ukraine, where they'd met only a couple months before. After a whirlwind romance, Carl convinced her to marry him and return with him to London. They moved into a small flat, where she spends every day alone while he goes off to work. He returns promptly each evening, where he's the perfect husband, lavishing her with attention. They don't go out to eat, nor does he introduce her to family and friends. He tells her he just wants to keep her to himself for a time.
But now he's very late coming home from work. And, as the minutes and hours goes by, Lilly realises she's in a foreign country, and doesn't know a single person other than her husband. And now he's disappeared. She calls the police, but when she's unable to provide the officer with any information about her husband, they become dismissive, thinking she's a mail order bride and her husband is off having dalliance with some other woman. When she gives them her husband's passport, a computer search shows the passport is fake. The man named Carl Montose, doesn't exist...
The third story takes place 23 years earlier, in 1993, in Ridinghouse Bay. The Ross family is spending their annual holiday here, staying in the same cottage near the ocean that they do every year. Dad, mom, and teenagers Gray and Kirsty, are on the beach getting some sun. Gray becomes annoyed when he notices a guy next to them ogling his 14 year old sister. He really gets annoyed when the guy has the gall to introduce himself to them, and start a conversation. His name is Mark Tate, and he points out his aunt's house, high on the hill behind them. It's the biggest and most beautiful home in sight. Gray is alarmed when Mark asks if Kirsty would like to take a walk with him along the beach, and his parents don't object. Something about this guy really seems off to Gray. Mark appears to be at least 5 years older than Kirsty, and is way too interested in her, but his parents don't pick up on it. And Gray watches helplessly as his younger sister walks off with him....
Each of the three stories is interesting in itself, but the reader has to wait until near the end of the book before the connection between the stories is revealed. I enjoyed this mystery suspense novel from beginning to end.
I love how this author writes. This is the second book by Lisa Jewell I've read, and I now have a new favorite author. She's nudged Kate Morton, Tana French, Liane Moriorty, and Kristen Hannah down a notch.
Five stars. I'd give this book more if I could.
One of my struggles as a writer is concluding the story. I don't always feel the need to "conclude", nor do I feel the need to drag it into a series to justify *not* concluding the story.
Without giving anything away, I feel like this story should've stopped two to three sections (okay, maybe more than that) in advance. I would've rather not had a "conclusion" over what was delivered here.
Otherwise, the story was good and unique, as far as I know. I figured out the "dilemma" before she introduced a "new character", but that's okay. It was still enjoyable, up until the end.
I'd recommend "I Found You" if you're looking for an easy reading, contemporary romance-type story. There really isn't much thrill or mystery, so don't go in hoping your socks will be knocked off.
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I go to Lisa Jewell when I want a quick, pacey story that I can race through, and this is exactly what I got. As ever, she has some intriguing characters, lacing the past with the present in a non-contrived way that makes you read far too quickly. My one grip on this on is that the 'baddie' was really a tad unbelievable, though I'm betting he has some basis in a real life person. Why is it that sometimes we tolerate less in fiction than in real life? But that aside, this is a great pace turner of a story, and I will definitely be going back for more. Again.