I Found You by Lisa Jewell is a suspenseful thriller featuring three separate stories that slowly merge together. First we meet Alice Lake, a single mom of three children – Kai, Jasmine and Romaine and their three dogs (Hero, Sadie, and Grif) living in a small house by the shore in Ridinghouse Bay. Alice sees a man sitting on the beach in the pouring rain not moving for hours. He has lost his memory, not knowing who he was and why he was sitting there. Against her best friend Derry’s advice, Alice gives the man a warm coat and brings him inside her house and her daughter Romaine names him Frank.
Then we meet Lily Monrose from Ukraine who has only been back from her honeymoon for 10 days and now lives in London with her husband Carl. One night Carl doesn’t come home from work, which is out of character for him. She realizes that she doesn’t completely know her husband. When she brings in the police, they quickly discover no person with his name exists.
We then head back twenty years to 1993 when the Ross Family (Tony, Pam, Gray and Kirsty) decide to vacation for two weeks in Ridinghouse Bay. When Gray (17) and Kirsty (15) are out for a walk, Gray notices a guy staring intently at Kirsty. It makes Gray uncomfortable. The next day the family is on the beach and the same guy is sitting next to them. He soon befriends the family and invites them over for tea at the large estate across the way. Mark Tate (19) is visiting his aunt Kitty who recently lost her husband. Mark quickly becomes obsessed with Kirsty and he starts to come across as a crazy, evil person.
The narrative switches back and forth between the three storylines slowly weaving back and forth bringing them together at the end. Throughout the book, you don’t know exactly who the strange man on the beach could be. Is it Gray or is it Mark. And who is Lily’s husband? Is it Gray or is it Mark? Is the stranger on the beach and Lily’s husband the same person or are they two different people? Lisa Jewell kept me guessing and kept me second guessing my selections. I found I could not put this book down. I wanted to know what was happening and I wanted answers. This is a great thriller just in time for summertime.
Now that I’ve been done with the book for a few days, I understand the title pertains to several characters of the book. It also means something different for each of the characters.
A young bride, a lonely single mother, and an amnesiac man of dubious origin lie at the heart of New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jewell’s next suspenseful drama that will appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty and Paula Hawkins.
In a windswept British seaside town, single mom Alice Lake finds a man sitting on the 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, 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.
Twenty-three years earlier, Gray and Kirsty are teenagers on a summer holiday with their parents. Their annual trip to the quaint seaside town is passing by uneventfully, until an enigmatic young man starts paying extra attention to Kirsty. Something about him makes Gray uncomfortable—and it’s not just that he’s playing the role of protective older brother.
Two decades of secrets, a missing husband, and a man with no memory are at the heart of this brilliant new novel, filled with the “beautiful writing, believable characters, pacey narrative, and dark secrets” (London Daily Mail) that make Lisa Jewell so beloved by audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.
Until next time…enjoy the view from your passenger seat