I couldn’t help but get caught up in the nail-biting suspense and the misleading plot twists as the talented author, Lisa Jewell kept me guessing until the end in her latest novel, I Found You.
Present day Britain, Lily’s husband is missing; he went off to work in the morning and never returned. Young and Ukrainian, Lily doesn’t know her surroundings and has little knowledge of her new husband’s friends and family. She is extremely upset and worried and reports him missing to the police. They don’t take her seriously and think he may have just decided to leave her. Lily is convinced he would never do that, she pushes them to look deeper, and once the police inform her that his passport was fake, she is compelled to investigate his disappearance on her own.
Alice, a scattered, yet kind hearted mother lives by the beach with her 3 kids from different fathers. She discovers a mysterious man sitting on the sand by the ocean for hours and once a storm moves in she cautiously approaches to give him a jacket. He has lost his memory and has no idea who he is or how he got there. Alice calls him “Frank” and she and her children welcome him in to their home while she tries to help him regain his memory.
In 1993, Kristy is on an annual family beach vacation with her parents and her older teenage brother, Gray. They meet Mark, a nice young man, on the beach who is staying with his aunt. Mark, 19 years old, shows interest in Kirsty and wants to spend more time with her. Being 15 years old and having no dating experience, excited yet cautious, she agrees to go out with him. Things don’t go well…there is trauma, tragedy and heartbreak.
The missing husband, the unidentified stranger and the charming teenager,,,… these complex characters make you wonder how well do you really know someone. Jewell keeps you guessing as the three stories get closer and closer to connecting, and what fun it is to try and solve all the mysteries before the truth is revealed. An enjoyable literary escape!
About the author:
Lisa was born in London in 1968. Her mother was a secretary and her father was a textile agent and she was brought up in the northernmost reaches of London with her two younger sisters. She was educated at a Catholic girls’ Grammar school in Finchley. After leaving school at sixteen she spent two years at Barnet College doing an arts foundation course and then two years at Epsom School of Art & Design studying Fashion Illustration and Communication.
She worked for the fashion chain Warehouse for three years as a PR assistant and then for Thomas Pink, the Jermyn Street shirt company for four years as a receptionist and PA. She started her first novel, Ralph’s Party, for a bet in 1996. She finished it in 1997 and it was published by Penguin books in May 1998. It went on to become the best-selling debut novel of that year.
She has since written a further nine novels, as is currently at work on her eleventh.
She now lives in an innermost part of north London with her husband Jascha, an IT consultant, her daughters, Amelie and Evie and her silver tabbies, Jack and Milly.
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