Review: Lisa Jewell’s “I Found You”

I read this one this past spring, but had no time to review it. So here’s a catch-up review, because I think you should read this one!

Title: I Found You

Author: Lisa Jewell

Published: April 25, 2017 by Atria Books

Genre: Contemporary fiction, suspense, women’s fiction

In the windswept British seaside town of Ridinghouse Bay, single mom Alice Lake finds a man sitting on a 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, newlywed Lily Monrose grows anxious when her husband fails to return home from work one night. Soon, she receives even worse news: according to the police, the man she married never even existed.

Twenty-three years earlier, Gray and Kirsty Ross are teenagers on a summer holiday with their parents. The annual trip to Ridinghouse Bay is uneventful, until an enigmatic young man starts paying extra attention to Kirsty. Something about him makes Gray uncomfortable—and it’s not just because he’s a protective older brother.

Who is the man on the beach? Where is Lily’s missing husband? And what ever happened to the man who made such a lasting and disturbing impression on Gray?

I fell in love with Lisa Jewell while reading The Girls in the Garden (read my review here), and she didn’t disappoint with I Found You. It’s twisty-turny suspense-filled fun.

The best suspense/mystery novels are well written and keep you guessing until the last possible moment, twisting that knife of uncertainty until plunging in the answer at the last possible moment. There are exceptions to that rule, of course, but for the most part that’s my golden rule of suspense. If it can keep me wondering, it can keep my attention.

Beyond the uncertainty principle is another level–the authors who let you THINK you’ve got it figured out only to make you feel like a fool when they come out with another big plot twist. I LOVE this.

Jewell does this masterfully.

I thoroughly enjoyed I Found You. Jewell kept me guessing until the end, twisting me around repeatedly, and then finally putting me straight.

WONDERFUL suspenseful fun.


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