Monday, April 24, 2017

I FOUND YOU BY LISA JEWELL - BOOK REVIEW

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, I Found You by Lisa Jewell. Thank you so much to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me an ARC of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


I've been reading a lot of thrillers recently so I was worried I wouldn't enjoy this one as much, but I was pleasantly surprised. I read Jewell's previous release, The Girls in the Garden, and while I enjoyed it, I didn't love it as much as I wanted to. This book, however, did it for me.

The basic idea of the story centers around three storylines. The first is Alice, living in seaside Britain. One night, she sees a man outside by the water. After introducing herself, Alice finds out the man has no idea where he is or more importantly, who he is. Meanwhile, newlywed Lily is living in the city. When her husband doesn't come home from work one night, she begins to worry. But she knows very little about his personal life, they've only been married three weeks and barely know each other. The third storyline is from twenty-two years earlier, a family vacation to the idyllic seaside. Gray and his sister Kirsty meet Mark, a moody teen who rubs Gray the wrong way. As the story unfolds, the three stories weave together to tell the tale of who the man is and what is really going on.

I think Jewell did a great job of intertwining these stories. As things become clearer, you start to feel like you know who the mysterious man, who Alice's daughter dubbs "Frank," really is and how this story from two decades ago fits in. I kept going back and forth between who he was, if he was the same man that Lily was married to, if he wasn't, etc. I didn't find it glaringly obvious and I appreciated that.

I thought the pacing was well done, I finished it in two sittings. It was definitely better paced than The Girls, which I found dragged on a bit. But I thought this was well organized into four parts that kept me engaged. There were a couple moments of monotony that I thought could have been shortened, but in the end, I didn't find that they took away from the story.

I think this is an engaging mystery but I hesitate to call it a full-blown thriller. If it is, it's definitely a slow burn and layered. If you are looking for a break-neck paced book with a dark, terrifying undertone, this book likely isn't going to work for you. If you are looking for a good mystery that makes you think, go for it!

I felt like the relationship between Alice and "Frank" was a bit much - personally, I think the story would have been just as good without a romantic angle, but it didn't bother me too much. I just felt like I was more concerned with who "Frank" was over who "Frank" was dating.

Overall, I would recommend this one to anyone looking for a break from the "missing girl" trope and some dark past elements.