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I Found You

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An interesting mystery involving amnesia and an old crime that is slowly revealed as a lost man begins to regain his memory. The single mother with three children take in a man they call Frank, a man who cannot remember who he is. They help him as he unravels his past and a horrific crime.
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Lisa Jewell is really good at writing slow burn mysteries and this is one of them.  In this story we get three different story lines and we slowly go through each one and find out how they will most likely intersect.  The first half of the book is a bit slow, but about half way through things start to pick up and from that point on you are hooked and dont want to put it down until the end!  It is at the point where the stories start to weave together that the book really interested me.  I love the characters that Jewell creates, they are rich and interesting.  My only small criticism was that I just didn't agree with many of the rash decisions the characters made.  Putting that aside the book is a great read and I will look forward to reading more by Lisa Jewell.
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Good thriller -kept my attention (which is saying a lot)! I would read more books by Lisa Jewell.  Intriguing, and clever mystery with suspense that starts off on the lighter side and then turns more darker as we learn more about the characters and their stories.
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As is typical of this author, Lisa Jewell left me on the edge of my seat with I Found You.  I went back and forth with who the bad guy real was.  Lisa Jewell never fails to leave me with a WTF feeling...
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Note: clearing old books from before 2019

I actually did read this one in June 2017 and rated it 5 stars on goodreads. I'm a huge fan of Lisa Jewell and read all of her books. I'm just mad at myself for not being able to review and offer extra publicity at the time.
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My first by Lisa Jewell! I listened to the audiobook and it was well done. You do reach a point in the story where you can’t do anything else because you have to race to the finish - and I love those types of books. Excited to discuss this virtually next week.
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Alice finds a man sitting on the beach outside of her house. He has no idea who he is or where he comes from. Several hundred miles away near London, newly-married Lily knows something is wrong when her husband fails to come home from work. Add to that a third narrative from twenty years earlier, the story of Gray and his sister Kirsty and a fateful summer holiday at the Rabbit Cottage. Ms. Jewell is a master storyteller, slowly fleshing out the characters and the mysteries surrounding them, and interweaving these three tales together throughout the book. I don’t want to say more and spoil anything for a reader. This was a tightly-plotted mystery with great twists throughout, and the narration from the three different stories work well together.
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A go to author for me, Lisa Jewell never fails to surprise me with a twist.  she is a wonderful writer of emotional page turners and her covers are so beautiful.  like her others, I found you is a page turner.  set aside a few hours because once you dive in you wont want to be interrupted
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This was my first book by Lisa Jewell and I lived it! I loved how there were multiple perspectives and jumping back in time to tell the story. I kind of had it figured out but not completely. It was a great book that kept me turning the page!
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I always really like Lisa Jewell novels, and this is no exception. This novel had same kind of engaging characters I liked in "The Third Wife" but with more suspense. "The Girls In The Garden" is still my favorite, but this is a solid and absorbing story.
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I think that this one was just maybe not for me. I couldn't get into the story at all I was getting bored while reading this. I wanted to grab my attention and the mystery and intrigue was just not there for me.
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I thought this book was really entertaining. There are a couple of narrative devices that I wasn't wild about but it didn't affect my enjoyment of the book as a whole. The author introduces a new character, a reporter, at the end of the novel in order to wrap it all up and put a bow on it, which tends to come off as being a little weird. Also the wife of one of the characters seemed really rather blase about the whole experience once the story started to reveal itself. That came off a little weird to me. But it may just be because it was a little too realistic and not what you would expect in fiction. Overall, I found it thoroughly entertaining and I would definitely recommend it.
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RATING: 2.5 STARS
2017; Atria/Random House UK, Cornerstone/Arrow 

Last year I read Jewell's Then She Was Gone and really enjoyed it. Then She Was Gone Review Then last month I read Jewell's newest book, Watching You and I thought it was just okay in comparison. When it was my turn to pick a book for book club, I decided to nominate I Found You. After hearing me rave about I Found You, and reading the synopsis, we all decided to go with this book (for April 2019).

After I finished reading it (in two sittings) I wasn't...impressed (for a lack of a better word). I couldn't figure out what was wrong with it exactly. I just felt a bit cheated. As we discussed the book at the meeting (3 out of 4 of us finished it...we have a fifth member who is a mom- enough said) I came to realize what was niggling at me. Jewell writes formula books! Writing books within a formula isn't a bad thing as long as you know that going in. I read romances for that predictability and formula of a happily ever after. I read mysteries to figure out...a mystery. Or if you know who did, you get to figure out how and why. Often it is easy to figure out the murderer but there should at least be something that keeps you intrigued. 

All three books that I have read of Jewells take place now and the past. The past story is weaved into the contemporary, but written as if it has no connection to one another. The story takes a while to build up and then ramps up, and then crashes into an ending. The ending not only seems quick but not always realistic. It is like it just occurred to the author that there needs to be an ending, and everything needs to be wrapped up. The novel is predictable and if you read mysteries you will guess most things within 25% if not sooner. Yet, Jewell did keep my interest in reading to the end by holding back at least one thing. Like Dan Brown, I think at times Jewell doesn't give her readers enough credit. If the book was labeled less as suspense and mystery and just fiction, I think it would bring some expectations down. I would suggest to anyone interested in Jewell, please do read her, but note this may make it easier to figure out any future books.

I respect writers immensely as not everyone can tell a good story and keep a reader going. I also am not a highbrow reader that looks to find great literature. Attend one book club meeting and you will see how one book evokes so many different opinions. Even when you like/dislike a book, it can be for so many reasons. My reviews are my opinions and due to my tastes. When I am rating a book I really think about it. I rarely give 5 stars, as 5 stars to mean a book I own, would reread more than once, it means something to me, well written, and I would recommend to other readers (not all readers but readers who would like this genre). I rated this 2.5 stars, as I finished the book, it was well written and had an interesting plot, but I had a few issues with it and would not reread again. While I won't read any further books by Jewell, I would definitely try another book if a friend recommended it.

***I received an eARC from NETGALLEY***

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This was a bit more on the suspense side than her earlier works, but I still loved it! A dark, twisty and fast read.
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I Found You is an interesting read. I felt it was a little slow to get started, but once I was hooked there was no turning back. It wasn't as gripping as a Jenny Milchman, but it read more like a Clare Mackintosh novel. There was subtle suspense and the mystery takes some time to draw readers in. By the end I was expecting more drama, but the mystery being solved was the high point.
*ARC provided in consideration for review*
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SO, this book is told by not one, not two but three POVs and you would thing that would confuse you, right?  But every time I was reading from one character point of view and I was dying to find out what was happening to the other one and then when I was reading that one again?  I wanted to find out what was happening to the other one that I had finished, it was like there was little cliffhangers every time you finished one character point of view which was so perfectly written.

The story starts with Alice, a single mom finding a man outside in the beach in the rain.  Unfortunately, Alice has a soft side and a more soft heart and she goes and decides to give a jacket to the man outside, the only problem is that the man has  no idea of who he is and how he got there.  Alice knows she shouldn't do it, but she takes him inside her house and tries to help him out.  She gives him the outside shed and from there they try to find a way for him to recuperate his memory, but things are a little more complicated than it seems and as the days go by and he stills has no memory Alice and him finally decide that it's time for him to go to the police but when that day comes?

Meanwhile on that same day that Alice finds the lost memory man, Lilly is a newly wed, newly to the country and her new husband never makes it come that night.  The next day she calls the police and tells them that it's unusual for her husband to not come home, the police is not surprise because he is a grown man and many things can plan a part for him to disappear, but Lilly pushes them and shows them the text he sent her an hour before he was suppose to come home so they promise her to look into.  From there she finds out that her husband's passport is a fake one and that the name that he goes by doesn't exist, then she realizes that she never met any of his family or friends.  She ends up getting a call from the only friend that he has and she ends up getting him to help her to find him.  From calling one phone number then find one address, Lilly ends up at the same place and same coffee shop and Alice and her no memory man, what happens? Well...

The third POV we get is from this guy from a summer twenty years ago and about him coming to vacation with his parents and sister and meeting this other guy and things getting totally out of control until...well you have to read the book and find out what all these three characters have in common and how one summer changed it all.

This book totally got me in the edge of my seat, I was dying to know what the heck happened and if Alice would end up with her mystery man or if he belonged with poor Lilly.  Ah, the questions kept accumulating but what I liked about this book is that you got all your answers at the end plus more.
4.5 out of 5 stars, totally recommend it.
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There are a lot of characters to keep track of but their arcs all intersect in interesting and unusual ways. I can't really say more without giving a lot away but if you stick with this book you will be rewarded with some terrific mystery writing. Those familiar with the English settings will also be drawn into this book.
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OOO! So suspenseful! I wasn't sure I was going to get into this story, but the characters were just so quirky, I had to read it. I was not disappointed at all! This story drew me in from the start, and had I had time, I would have finished it in one sitting, but life kept getting in the way. Mystery lovers who enjoy cool settings with funky characters will enjoy this tale!
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Though I liked the book, I made the decision at the time I finished not to review it on my site. Maybe in the future I will include it in a book list post or another article.
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The word “amnesia,” however, never finds its way into Lisa Jewell’s latest novel, I Found You. Click on the link below to read my complete review.
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