I Found You

I Found YouI Found You by Lisa Jewell
Published by Atria Books on April 25th 2017
Pages: 352
ISBN: 1501154591
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three-stars

There was something lacking in this book for me. I liked the book but did not love it. It was lacking in the WOW factor for me. Although I liked some of the characters I really didn’t feel for any of them. The mystery was okay but not great. I think the biggest problem with enjoying this book more for me was the fact that I have read some amazing mysteries this year which took me by surprise and blew me away and this book failed to do that.

One positive for this book is that I felt it was well written and I enjoyed how the Author moved from the present day to the past effortlessly in order to tell the two plot lines. There is a lot happening in this book: a young bride with a missing husband, a man with amnesia sitting alone on a beach and a single mother with a generous heart. The Author does tell all of their tales with ease but unfortunately she didn’t make me love any of them.

Alice Lake finds a man sitting on the beach outside of her home. When he hasn’t moved for hours and it begins to rain she brings him warmer clothing and offers him a place to stay. The man has no idea who he is or why he is sitting on the beach. He accepts her offer and stays in her back room and meets her children.

In London, Lily Monroe has reported her husband missing. They have recently married and it is out of character for him not to come home. Her worry turns to shock as she learns her husband was not who he said he was. Not knowing her husband’s true identity leaves her with more questions than answers.

Then the Author takes us to the past, to Kitty and Gary – teenage siblings – on their yearly trip to the quiet British seaside town. Their summer is pretty uneventful until they meet a mysterious young man who changes their lives.

Sounds great on paper but again, this just failed to grab me. I liked the book. I think this makes for a good plane or beach read. It did’t wow me but it wasn’t bad either.

three-stars

The Girls in the Garden

The Girls in the GardenThe Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell
Published by Atria Books on June 7th 2016
Pages: 320
ISBN: 1476792216
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three-stars

Well, I am going to be in the minority here. I had heard a lot of good things about this book. I anxiously awaited my copy to be available at the library. I waited and waited and waited. Then finally it was ready.

Yay! I was so excited to start it. Then it began with a fizzle. It was slow as in sloooooooooow. I hung in there. I found that this book took some time, but eventually it became more interesting. It is a mystery whodunit. At the end I found it to be good – not great. I wanted to know what the hell really happened but was still left feeling like, like well, that this book could have been more. I think this is a book one either loves or just finds to be okay. For me although the story did pick up, it still did not grab me, not entirely. I waned to see where it ended and I had heard so much hype that I kept going.

For starters, we know from the first couple of pages that something terrible has happened.

Clare and her 2 daughters move into a new home that shares a communal “garden” with other families. Things seem fine at first as they always do, but then things turn out to not be as fine as they seem. There are cliques, family secrets, jealousy, relationships changing upon the arrival of the new family, and a 15 year old murder mystery of another teenage girl.

Good not great. For me the highlight was pip and her letters to her father

three-stars