Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2019
I’m a huge Lisa Jewel fan and immediately ordered another one when this one was finished. I loved this story throughout most of it, but felt it lost its tension about 9/10s of the way through. The ending was good, but it was not as much as a page turner was the rest of the book.
This is a character-driven novel, and it’s one of the main reason I love reading this author. She creates wonderful, three dimensional characters that live on in my head for a long time after I’ve finished the book.
In this book there’s a lonely, single mom who excels at wrong choices, yet she makes the most of her life and carries on as only the British can. One rainy day, while walking her three dogs, two inherited because she’s that kind of nice, when she comes across a man sitting in the pouring rain looking out at the sea.
Alice keeps a watch on the man from her small cottage, stuffed to the rafters with her three kids, two being teenagers. When the man doesn’t appear to be going anywhere, Alice approaches him and when she finds that the man has no memory of who he is or why he’s sitting, looking out at the sea. Being accustomed to making the wrong choice, Alice asks the man to stay at her small rental ‘shack’ in back of her house. She hopes the man is not a serial killer or worse, but she trusts her instincts and cares for him.
The man gradually starts to regain his memory but nothing he remembers gives him any peace of mind.
I can’t say any more without spoiling the ending, so I’ll stop here.
I really enjoyed this book—maybe not as much as Jewel’s other books, but she does set a high bar for herself.
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