About this book…
‘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.
Oh my goodness! I sobbed my way through the last few pages after laying in bed finishing this book this morning. So I had to come downstairs and have my breakfast then re-read the last 5% to make sure I hadn’t missed anything through the tears…..but it set me off all over again! So if you are a huge softy just like me, just be aware especially if you read in public and haven’t invested in an eyelash tint or waterproof mascara this summer!
I just adored Alice and her story. When we meet her I found myself very jealous of Derry, her best friend, as I wanted to be that closest person to Alice and be a part of her life to help and support her, even though her housekeeping skills would probably drive me mad! But I was so envious of that total freedom she had in her life whilst managing to be a great mum to her three kids. She is warm and passionate-a true free spirit. When she meets a nameless man whom she has spotted just sitting by the sea near her northern seaside home, her caring nature takes over dismissing any safety concerns for her and her family, and she takes him under her wing.
Back in Surrey we are introduced to Lily who phones the police to report her husband as a missing person. Now Lily was as far removed from Alice as you could possibly be!! A 21 year old Ukrainian, recently married to her much older husband, she has only been living in the UK for just over a week. After a short courtship and hastily arranged marriage, she’s beginning to wonder if she really knows her husband as the secrets he has been keeping start to unravel. Lily was one incredibly cold fish! If my husband was missing I would be an emotional mess, crying and screaming and phoning everyone he knew! But Lily’s problem is that she has no one to call apart from her mother back in the Ukraine. Carl is estranged from his mother and only seems to have one friend. As the book goes on Lily does start to show a little bit more emotion but mainly she is cold, dismissive, rude, direct and very straight to the point. I think some of this is down to cultural differences and the fact that Lily is up against a huge battle in a country she doesn’t know so her lack of sentiment may well be her defence mechanism but I really didn’t take to her at all! I think that probably though, my dislike of her really just boils down to the fact she just isn’t Alice!
Alice and Lily also have their stories interspersed with the story of a family on their summer holiday and it isn’t till towards the end that all these plots start to come together. The tension from about two thirds through really does start to grab you and I thought the ending was absolutely perfect. I love a good mystery but this one is handled with such a quiet and slowly increased intensity that it just raised it up to another level for me.
I have been a fan of Lisa Jewell since Ralph’s Party and love how her books have evolved and matured since then. I read The Third Wife last year which I enjoyed but I enjoyed this one just a little bit more as it felt more convincing and I became a little bit more involved in the drama as it unravelled. Highly recommended.
I received a copy of this book via netgalley in return for an unbiased review.
I Found You is published on 14th July 2016 and is available to buy at Amazon UK
About Lisa Jewell…
Lisa Jewell had always planned to write her first book when she was fifty. In fact, she wrote it when she was twenty-seven and had just been made redundant from her job as a secretary. Inspired by Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, a book about young people just like her who lived in London, she wrote the first three chapters of what was to become her first novel, Ralph’s Party. It went on to become the bestselling debut novel of 1998.
Twelve bestselling novels later, she lives in London with her husband and their two daughters. Lisa writes every day in a local cafe where she can drink coffee, people-watch, and, without access to the internet, actually get some work done.
Get to know Lisa by joining the official facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/LisaJewellOfficial or by following her on Twitter @lisajewelluk. And visit her website at http://www.lisa-jewell.co.uk