21 February, 2017

I found you by Lisa Jewell

This is a story of two parts. Lily is a Russian woman married to Carl - who has gone missing. She has only been in England just over a week after they married overseas and she doesn’t know much about his life except he has a mother and a sister.

When the police get involved it turns out he doesn’t exist – his passport is false.

Alice lives at the seaside in Ridinghorse Bay with her three children from different fathers. She notices a man sitting on the beach all day and offers him a coat, then ends up inviting him to stay at her place despite concerns from her friends.

He has lost his memory and can’t remember his name so she calls him Frank. It seems he has trauma amnesia (‘can be caused by seeing or remembering something from past that has been repressed’) and all he knows is that he has gravitated to Ridinghorse Bay for a reason.

Alice and her friend Derry look into past incidents in the town to see if they can find anything that may be connected to Frank. As Alice gets to know Frank she likes him more and more but he is worried he might have done something bad and is reluctant to get involved with her and her family.

Interspersed with Lily and Alice’s segments is the storyline of a family in 1993 who spend their summer holidays at Ridinghorse Bay. The son Gray and daughter Kirsty meet up with Mark, a slightly disturbing young man who lives in a big house in the bay.

The story slowly unfolds and you get a get a bit more information with each chapter. It’s one of those books you just want to read a bit more of as pieces of the puzzle falls into place. Are things related or not? Who is Frank, really? And what does the family from 1993 have to do with it all?

This is a well-written mix of suspense, contemporary fiction, coming-of-age and romance genres with a surprising and satisfying ending.

Title: I found you
Author: Lisa Jewell

Reviewed by Kathy N, Collections Development

Kathy N can’t sleep unless she has read a bit before turning the light off. As well as most fiction, she enjoys craft and lifestyle books to get project ideas for her rural home.

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