Title: I Found You
Author: Lisa Jewell
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Release Day: April 25th 2017
ARC was kindly provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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.

3 stars! 

Lisa Jewell has been on my radar for a while, I keep seeing her books and I finally got one. I Found You is a story split between three people. Alice, a 40something single mom of three, Lily a 20 yo newlywed bride from Ukraine and a family of three.

I went in knowing as little as possible about the blurb and I don’t think that helped a lot when it came to the third part of the story. Alice sees a man out in the rain at the beach from her house and offers help. The man has no idea where he is or who he is so she does what literally no one would ever do, she invites him in her house where she’s staying with her three young children and she doesn’t call the police.

Lily is a young bride who’s barely been a few weeks married to her English husband whom she met in Kiev while he was there on work. They got married fast and she moved to London knowing next to nothing about him. Oddly, Lily is the most human character in the story, she reacts like a normal person would do and not like Alice.

And finally, Gray and Kirsty along with their father, tell the story of what happened twenty years ago. That part I found the least interesting, I could see what was about to go down from the first page and that was really disappointing, I like to be surprised from my Mystery books and not guess what is happening from page one. That was the major problem with this book for me, it was a mystery but not so much a thriller.

Lily’s side of the story as she tries to find her missing husband and navigate his life before her was probably my favorite. Lily acted like I would, she called the cops, she went looking for him, she contacted his friends, she did everything like I would. Unlike Alice, I seriously cannot get over the stupidity of that character, and she is twice as old as Lily, who doesn’t even know anyone in the country. Throughout the book I kept questioning her ability as a mother to be honest, bringing a random dude with amnesia around your kids? Where is the logic in that?

I liked the writing and how despite the flaws, the story came together nicely at the end, it definitely had a few moments I didn’t see coming and stuff I thought would happen, thankfully, didn’t. If you want a nice beach mystery, then this is a decent read.


10 thoughts on “I Found You by Lisa Jewell”

  1. what, you don’t think you should invite strange men who don’t even know what they are in to stay with you and your three children??? CLEARLY THIS WAS THE BEST RESPONSE 😛
    Okay, all jokes aside, this sounds like the exact kind of mystery/thriller that I don’t really like because blah I need a thriller to be thrilling. That’s not too much to ask, right?? RIGHT?
    Bah, sometimes that genre is hard to navigate.
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    1. Realistic reactions, that’s so little to ask from a book but at the same time it seems like completely crazy because how dare we ask a character to behave line a normal person would?! I get that for the sake of the plot some crazy stuff will happen but really, a mom of 3 should know better and that’s the end of it.
      My mystery/thriller binge hasn’t been THAT successful so far…
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