The last Lisa Jewell novel I read, The House We Grew Up In, I loved. It captured family dynamics perfectly and made a dysfunctional family seem fun. I was surprised to start her newest and find it to be suspense. I didn’t realize she wrote those types of books, but, folks, she did it incredibly.
I Found You features three different stories, two of which happen concurrently. We first meet Alice, a single mom of 3 who discovers a man on the beach. Her charitable instincts take over and she invites him in for warmth and shelter. Next we meet Lily, a young newlywed new to this country whose husband doesn’t return home from work one evening. Then we head back to 1993 and follow a family of 4 on summer holiday. Are all these stories connected? What ties them together?
As I was reading each chapter, I was so focused on the current story that when it ended in a cliffhanger, I was reluctant to move to the next character to continue their journey. But then I’d start reading and find the same problem all over again! This twisted read was very hard to put down. Jewell is a master at building suspense, pulling you deeper into the mystery eager to find out what’s happening.
After reading I Found You and loving it, I hope Jewell continues to write more of this genre. She has the knack of an original plot with sympathetic characters and a mystery that will keep the reader guessing.
A lot of this book reminded me of I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh. If that was a favorite for you, I truly think you will enjoy this one.
Be warned: there are some dark elements to this story which may be a trigger warning for some.
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