After devouring Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell in one weekend a few months ago, I knew the minute I picked up I Found You I was committing to 24 hours spent with my bum parked on the sofa and a steady stream of mince pies to keep me going. Not a bad way to spend a weekend at all.
“In a British seaside town, single mum Alice Lake finds a man sitting on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, and no idea how he got there. Against her better judgment, she invites him inside. Meanwhile, in a suburb of London, twenty-one-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed.
Twenty-three years earlier, Gray and Kirsty are teenagers on a summer holiday with their parents. Their annual trip to the quaint seaside town is passing by uneventfully, until an enigmatic young man starts paying extra attention to Kirsty. Something about him makes Gray uncomfortable–and it’s not just that he’s playing the role of protective older brother. Two decades of secrets, a missing husband, and a man with no memory are at the heart of I found You.”
You know a book is good when your other half is begging you to keep reading just so they can find out how it ends as well. I Found You is written from the perspectives of Lily, Alice and Gray and each chapter switches between the three. Although I struggled to connect with Alice I was wholeheartedly supporting Lily on the quest to find out what happened to her husband and with every chapter written by Gray I found myself turning the pages at lightning speed to uncover what happened 23 years earlier.
With the end of each chapter I had a new theory as to who the mystery man was and what had happened to Lily’s husband (FYI I was wrong every time) and Lisa Jewell keeps you guessing right until the very end.
There was something about the way Lisa Jewell had written the characters of Gray, Lily and Kirsty in particular that meant I found myself rooting for them in a way I never normally do when I read a book. I was practically begging Kirsty not to talk to the enigmatic stranger on the beach and reassuring Lily that girl you can cope on your own.
I Found You is a tale of mystery, love and grief and the plot and characters interweave so expertly that once you know how it ends you’ll wonder why you didn’t figure it out from the very start.
If you’re looking for a page-turner to accompany a cosy weekend at home then look no further.