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Single mom Alice Lake lives a lonely life by the sea in East Yorkshire. The 41-year-old takes care of her "Bennetton" children, makes crafts out of old maps, and minds her own business. Until she notices a strange man sitting on the beach near her cottage. He remains there all day, barely moving, despite the inclement weather. The man seems harmless, although he's dazed and can't remember his name or the reason for his vigil at Ridinghouse Bay. Despite her reservations, Alice offers the man a room for the night. As a single night turns into many more, she grows increasingly curious about who the stranger is and what he might be hiding.
Meanwhile, in London, Lily Monrose is searching for her missing husband. The 21-year-old has only been married for three weeks. She can't imagine where Carl could be. When she notifies the police of his disappearance, she's shocked to learn that there is no such person as Carl Monrose. Stuck in a foreign country with no one to lean on, Lily doesn't know where to turn.
As both women search for answers, shocking secrets will come to light. What will they be left with when the truth is finally revealed?
I Found You (available in the U.S. on April 25, 2017), a psychological thriller by Lisa Jewell, tells a tense, twisty tale. It's an intriguing page turner that kept me reading and guessing. The novel gets depressing, even a little bizarre in places, but overall, it's a compelling read. Although I didn't love I Found You, I liked it well enough that I'll search out more books by Jewell.
(Readalikes: Reminded me a little of Coffin Road by Peter May)
If this were a movie, it would be rated:
for language, sexual content, violence, and depictions of illegal drug use