I feel like a broken record when I say this, but I’m on the fence with I Found You by Lisa Jewell. While the writing was intriguing and I enjoyed the plot, I felt the characters were really irritating and the story dragged on at times.
Alice is a single mom of three living in a cottage by the sea in East Yorkshire. On a rainy day, she stumbles upon a man sitting on the beach by himself, who apparently lost his memory. He has no idea who he is, and what brought him to this beach. She invites this man into her home and soon becomes involved with the man while she is trying to solve the mystery of who this man is.
Meanwhile, Lily is a 20-year-old Ukrainian woman whose British husband, Karl, has gone missing. Having just gotten married, and Lily is new to this country, she starts to worry and makes her way to the police to report him missing. Soon the investigation by the police and her own digging brings about a very dark side to her husband she never knew about.
Finally, we have two young siblings who are vacationing in the summer of 1993, Graham aka Gray, 19, and Kristy, 15. While the family is enjoying their time on the beach, they encounter a mysterious young man who becomes obsessed with Kristy.
I know what you’re thinking, how the hell do these three story lines have anything to do with each other? Shockingly, they interweave seamlessly, with plot twists and Jewell’s writing. While she alternates between these narrators; Alice, Lily, and Gray, you’re given a sinister and dangerous psychological thriller that I honestly didn’t see coming.
While this book was difficult to put down, I felt like reading Alice and Lily’s sections were nails on a chalkboard. While the two balanced each other out with the personalities — Alice was nutty and all over the place and Lily was organised and straight-lace — it felt like whiplash with their chapters. The only saving grace was the occasional chapter by Gray. I think this is why the book felt like it dragged for me — the characters pulled this story down.
Putting aside the negatives, I really have to give Jewell credit, again, for her fantastic writing. It was both tantalising and compelling all the way through. She left me questioning all the characters — I honestly didn’t know who I could trust. Her timing with the twists were well times and the surprises had me captivated.
I Found You by Lisa Jewell is a tense tense psychological thriller that had me guessing all the way to the very end. What started off as a light beach read, turned into a dark, sinister thriller that had me on the edge of my seat wanting more — even if there are wacky characters that drag the book down slightly. Let’s just say, you’ll be reading more review of mine that have Lisa Jewell in them!