Book Review: I Found You by Lisa Jewell-3.5 Stars

Three different stories: Alice, a single mum with three kids and three dogs, has a habit of taking in strangers to stay at her cottage. When she sees a handsome man looking lost on the beach, obviously she invites him in. He has no memory of who he is, he has no money, heck, he doesn’t even remember that you’re supposed to slice a bagel before putting it in the toaster….what?! He’s in a fugue state apparently, brought on by some traumatic event. Lily, a young Ukrainian woman is recently married to Carl, who doesn’t return home from work one evening. The final story takes place in 1993 with the Ross family on vacation, mum, dad, and teens Gray and Kirsty.  A local boy, Mark, takes an interest in young Kirsty, but he gives Gray bad vibes…

This story just fell flat for me. The reason for the 3.5 rating is the fact that I enjoyed the ending and how the stories and characters ended up being connected, it was actually pretty crazy! Otherwise it was slow moving and unbelievable. Alice has sex with “Frank” (lost memory man) without having a gosh dern clue who he is, if he’s married, she knows nothing about him! And I get the fact of losing memories like who you are, where you’re from, but to forget certain words or how to make a bagel, seriously? I wouldn’t really classify this as suspense or thriller like Goodreads has, but simply a mystery. There was a pretty scary and thrillery scene that had me on edge but that’s about it.

I received an ARC via NetGalley.



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