I Found You, Lisa Jewell
I Found You, Lisa Jewell
Genre: General Fiction (Adult)
My first book by Lisa Jewell, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. And I got hooked into the story very quickly – had to keep reading til the early hours ( yawn…) just to see what would happen and how it would all pull together.
I loved Alice, a bit scatty, probably ones of those mums labelled “irresponsible” by others, yet she loves her family and has such a big heart. That’s what led her into the predicament she finds herself, she just can’t leave the poor guy sitting on the beach all night so invites him home, lets him stay in her studio room that she rents out, but which is currently vacant. Her youngest daughter names him Frank as she feels its a good name for him.
Frank has lost his memeory, he’s cinfused, diesn;t jknow where he is, who he is, how he got there…I so felt for him and wanted to know what had happened to get him into this state.
The we meet Lily, 21, Ukrainian new bride of Carl.He’s older – 40 – they’ve had a very whirlwind relationship, and been in UK only 10 days after marrying quickly in Kiev. She’s deeply in love and very self contained,and when Carl doesn’t come home from work she’s determined to find him even if the police seem to think he’s off with someone else. She’s such a motivated lady and she needs to be strong. I found her difficult to like, she’s such a hidden person and at first when i read it I expected her to be one of those simpering child bride types. She’s not though, she’s independent, and comes across as abrupt at times. That may be the language divide, she’s fluent in English but doesn’t always understand mannerisms and phrases and her response makes her seem aloof.
Those are the main characters in the “now” part of the story, but it also slips back twenty years to when a family where holidaying in the area, where we meet Gray, Kirsty and Mark. Teenagers, and yet from very different backgrounds with a story that develops from their first meeting on the beach.
I enjoyed the switch from past and all that’s happening there, to the current seeing the story from Lily, Alice and Franks viewpoint. I was racing to get to the next chapter of whatever was current – so when I’m with Gray, Kirsty and Mark I wanted to see what was happening next as Lisa stops each section right on a high, at the moment when things are happening. But I’d then get sucked in to what was happening to Alice, Frank and Lily and wondering how all these characters connected. Its a novel that begins with what feels like three very different stories that slower begin to make their way to each other.
I’d guessed a bit but not for a very long while, and though there were a few implausible parts ( I’ve broken bones, even allowing for adrenalin I don’t think all that was possible) I was hooked into reading – as I said – far too late which is why I’m so tired this morning….
Stars: Five,a great read though now I know the story its not a re-reader for me.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher