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'How long have you been sitting out here?'
'I got here yesterday.'
'Where did you come from?'
'I have no idea.'

East Yorkshire: Single mum Alice Lake finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement she invites him in to her home.

Surrey: Twenty-one-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 25th 2017 by Atria Books (first published June 30th 2016)
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Sam Breach I wonder if we are listening to the same audiobook? I listen to hundreds of audiobooks and this one is just fine. The reader covers a good range of…moreI wonder if we are listening to the same audiobook? I listen to hundreds of audiobooks and this one is just fine. The reader covers a good range of various British accents to distinguish between the different characters, no mean feat. You claim it's like an episode of South Park? This accusation makes no sense to me, it's nothing like the high-pitched, cartoonish baby-voice unrealistic Americanised speech in South Park. To the contrary, the reader is measured and her pacing is as I would expect in my experience of listening to it. Perhaps the problem might be that you are not familiar with British accents? (less)

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Deanna
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Wow! I loved this book. A fantastic psychological suspense novel.

Two decades of secrets.

A young bride with a missing husband. A lonely single mother and a man with no memory of who he is or where he came from. You may think you have it all figured out...but the truth may surprise you.

I was definitely surprised.

In the British Seaside...

Alice lives in a tiny house with her children and the stray animals that she's picked up o
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Chelsea Humphrey
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Simon & Schuster Goodreads
Lisa Jewell is a fairly new-to-me author; I've only read one of her other books as they are just making their way into the US publication system. While I enjoyed reading The Girls in the Garden, I don't think it holds a candle to how intriguing, suspenseful, and complex of a story I Found You is. The entire plot from every angle was compelling and I could hardly put it down as I just had to find out what would happen next. The plot was broken up into multiple POVs from past and present; as you c ...more
Melissa
Incredibly slow-moving and rife with oddball characters, I Found You explores what can happen when rash decisions are made in the name of love.

Lisa Jewell’s strength definitely lies in her ability to deliver character-driven novels. This story, along with the few others of hers I’ve read, rely heavily on the development of her characters and in turn, as a reader, my enjoyment hinges almost solely on whether I connect with them and find their actions believable in some capacity. I have to admit
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James
3+ out of 5 stars to I Found You, a 2016 thriller and suspense novel, by Lisa Jewell. Many thanks to NetGalley, Atria Books and Lisa Jewell for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Why This Book
NetGalley had the book listed as an option in the thriller section. I'd seen one or two reviews with positive feedback on Goodreads. After reading the description, I was intrigued by how the plot would come together. Requested it. Was awarded it. And it was the ne
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Elyse
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
"From the end of the bay came another plaintive call of a peacock".

NO SPOLIERS in this review ....a few plot set-ups....THAT's ALL!

Lisa Jewel has total command of her material interlacing three vivid sets of stories --
that holds our attention--building suspense--to the very last page.

Alice Lake is a single mom. She moved her clan ....Romaine, Kai, Jasmine ( her 3 children each who have a different birth father) .....and her three dogs ( Hero, Sadie, and Grif), to Ridinghouse Bay.
Alice sees a
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Julie
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I Found You by Lisa Jewel is a 2017 Atria Books publication.

Tantalizing, Compelling, and very suspenseful.

Three seemingly unrelated people see their lives converge in the most horrific an unimaginable way.

Alice is a harried single mom in her forties trying to keep her head on straight after committing a few horrendous parenting mistakes.

When she sees a man out on the cold, damp, windy beach, she feels sorry for him and brings him an old coat to wear. In the process, she discovers the man has
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Brenda - Traveling Sister
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I Found You is my first book by Lisa Jewell and she is now on my radar and I will be looking at more of her books to read.

I Found You is an intriguing, clever and interesting mystery with secrets, lies and plenty of suspense that starts off a little slow and on the lighter side and then turns more darker as we learn more about the intriguing and likeable characters and their stories. It is well paced and well written with two stories told in the present day and are interwoven with a third story
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Diane S ☔
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
A mystery of twenty years. Three lives that will become entwined, two in a horrible way, one may be the start of a new beginning. Some very fine writing here. Can one recognize the face of Evil? This outstanding and suspenseful novel uses some amazing sleights of hand to keep the reader totally engrossed. A few graphic scenes, none too gory, but it is the descriptions, the atmosphere Jewell creates that gave me the shivers. The kind where you find yourself holding your breath, butterflies in my ...more
Jen
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
A man is found on the beach, in the rain. He has no memory of who he is and where he's come from.
A woman has lost her husband. He never shows up after work and she reports him missing.
Two young kids summer vacationing meet up with a posh kid who introduces them to liquor and drugs.
Three stories entwined from the past to the present. Twisted lies, deceit.
I'm fussing with this rating - but am comfortable at a 3.5⭐
I like Jewell's style of writing - but not sure if I can honestly say any memorable c
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Meredith
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I Found You took me on a suspenseful, emotional roller coaster ride as an harrowing secret, buried for 22 years, is uncovered.

Three main stories comprise the narrative: A man who has repressed such an awful memory for 22 years that it has put him in a fugue state. A newlywed bride living in a foreign country whose husband has disappeared. And the story of a brother and sister on vacation in 1993. These stories are bound by a common thread, but it takes time for this thread to be revealed.

Alice,
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: He is still there. The man on the beach.

He’s been there all day, since she opened her curtains at seven o’clock this morning: sitting on the damp sand, his arms around his knees, staring and staring out to sea. She’s kept an eye on him, concerned that he might be about to top himself. That had happened once before. A young man, deathly pale in the blue-white moonlight, had left his coat on the beach and just disappeared. Alice is still haunted by the thought of him, three years later.

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Pouting Always
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alice Lake is a single mother of three who lives in a small tourist town near the coast. Prone to bad decision making, Alice sees a man sitting on the beach near her house for hours on end and decides to check on him. She soon comes to find out he's in a fugue state with no memory of his identity and commits herself to helping him out. Meanwhile in London, Lily who has only been married for a few weeks begins to worry when her husband doesn't come home from work, especially in light of his inten ...more
*TANYA*
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2017
This book had EVERYTHING!!! I enjoyed this very, very much. At first I thought “Here we go, another stale thriller.” But that thought quickly vanished after the first 5 minutes. Believe the hype this book gets!!
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
I totally loved this book. It's only been in the last two years that I have been reading Lisa Jewell's novels and I am quite the fan. What I love about this book, like many of her others is that you can just relax into the story, enjoy the writing, get to know the characters and the book becomes your friend. For me this was one of those "go-to" books when you just want something solid that you know will entertain and give you true escapism from everyday life. A great holiday read too.

'How long h
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Susanne Strong
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A Captivating, Character Driven Suspense Novel and an All-Around Great Read.

I Found You, by Lisa Jewell held my attention and didn't let go. On a dark and stormy night, Alice Lake, looks out her window and sees a man, sitting out on the beach, alone. He is drenched, clearly confused and shivering, Alice goes to him and though he is a stranger, she ends up inviting him in. The stranger, is in a fugue state. He has no memory and can't recall how he got to the beach. He could be dangerous, and yet,
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Jan
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, netgalley
3.75 stars

I'm a bit conflicted on how to rate this book. I enjoyed reading it, no problems there, it's just that I had to suspend belief in how the whole story came together in order to enjoy it...see my quandary?

What I liked:

-Alice, one of the main female characters. She is flawed and has made a lot of poor choices in her life but she is also strong and made sure she landed on her feet. The best part about her? She curses a lot. It amazes me how many authors omit this simple character trait whe
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Jaline
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: xx2017-completed
For fast paced suspense, well developed characters, and a great story, it just doesn’t get any better than this!

Twenty two years ago, a family is on holiday in a cottage near the sea in northern England. The son and daughter fall under the influence of a 19 year old who is shallow but charming, manipulative and bad-tempered. The entire family becomes embroiled in a bad situation that turns tragic.

Twenty two years later, an artist named Alice finds a man occupying the beach outside her home for h
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Cindy Burnett
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
I waited a long time to write the review on I Found You because I was pretty conflicted about how I should rate it. On one hand, I could not put it down, and the book had a lot of twist and turns that I did not see coming (the big one I did figure out but not for a while); on the other hand, the female protagonist drove me a little nutty and was fairly unlikable, and several characters did things that no person I know would do. In the end, the fact that I could not put it down and there were som ...more
Linda Strong
Alice finds him sitting on her beach. It's rain, he has no jacket, and doesn't know his name, how he got there, where he came from. Alice takes in strays ..usually dogs, but this time she's going against her gut feeling and inviting him to stay with her and her children.

Many miles away, Lily is feeling abandoned. She's been married for 2 weeks and her new husband has been missing for several days. He doesn't answer his phone, he's not shown up at work. And when she finally goes to the police, sh
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Maxwell
Apr 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, i-own-it
I often find that with mystery novels I need to have a really strong plot, and either great writing or great characters. If it lacks 2 of these things then I probably won't enjoy it. With Lisa Jewell's latest—though my first foray into the author's works—she handles all three adequately, making for a gripping story that had me turning pages.

Most of the fun of this story came from me knowing basically nothing about it before starting. It was sent to me by the publisher unsolicited (and of course
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Vanessa
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh, man, I loved this! This was the first I've read from Lisa Jewell, and I'm certainly looking forward to reading more (I was already eyeing The Girls in the Garden at Target the other night...).

Three storylines comprise the narrative of this book: First, a man in a fugue state turns up on the beach outside of a Ridinghouse Bay resident's cottage, completely unaware of who he is and why he is there. Second, a young, newlywed bride whose husband is now missing. Third, a brother and sister on va
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Jennifer Blankfein
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I couldn’t help but get caught up in the nail-biting suspense and the misleading plot twists as the talented author, Lisa Jewell kept me guessing until the end in her latest novel, I Found You.
Present day Britain, Lily’s husband is missing; he went off to work in the morning and never returned. Young and Ukrainian, Lily doesn’t know her surroundings and has little knowledge of her new husband’s friends and family
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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

What happens when there is a single woman with three children, a man who doesn't know who he is, a newly married woman who just moved to town, and a family who might have a connection to them at some point?

Alice, Lily, and "Frank" are connected but don't know they are.

Alice invited "Frank" inside her home when she saw him sitting on the beach.

Lily's husband has disappeared and has no clue what happened to him or if she even knows who he is.

"Frank" doesn't know who he is.

I FOUND YOU has odd, dysf
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PattyMacDotComma
3.5★
I very much enjoyed reading this except for the ending. Might be just me - fans will probably love it.

It began well with an interesting format that alternated between times and places. It opens with a man with no idea who he is, where he is, or why he is sitting on a beach in the rain. He’s adopted by Alice, an artistic woman with three kids from different fathers (never married), who’s a bit of a scandal in this seaside village. The kids are less than impressed.

“When he’d gone to bed her
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Erin
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it
This book has been heating up my newsfeed lately and I liked the idea that this was being toted as a dark beach read. Let's face it psychological suspense thriller are the blockbuster words of any publishing company these days. It certainly was a book that kept me turning the pages, but I was moving faster than the plot. Readers are presented with three storylines that I just knew would eventually merge onto one another.

First of all, we have single mom of three, Alice, who finds a man on her l
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Kendall
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
My first novel I've read by Lisa Jewell and I wasn't that ecstatic about it... unfortunately

Overall 3 star.... wasn't that impressed. What I really enjoyed was the converging storylines between 3 characters. I love guessing and trying to figure out how the overall plot fits like a puzzle piece :).

I also really enjoyed Jewell's writing/metaphors. I love being able to picture/imagine things when engaged in a novel.

I felt that I was getting a little bored and the novel was slow to work up to the a
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CL
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alice Lake finds a man sitting on the beach. He has been sitting there all day and has not moved. It begins to rain and against her better judgement she invites him to her home and offers him a place to stay. He cannot remember who he is, where he lives or why he is sitting on that beach. A new bride of three weeks husband has not come home and the police do not believe he is missing so she decides to look for him on her own. How are these 2 things connected. Great read. I would like to thank th ...more
Taylor Reid
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Lisa Jewell somehow manages to write a page-turning, suspenseful, keep-you-up-all-night plot with a satisfying conclusion AND create deeply human characters with whom you connect and care for.

Character-driven and plot-driven all in one. I loved it!
Petra
This was my first book by British author Lisa Jewell. I enjoyed it so much, I've decided I need to check out her previous ones that I've missed.
I Found You gradually converges three intriguing and puzzling storylines:
Single Mum, Alice, finds a man in a fugue state on the beach near her house in East Yorkshire and decides to offer him a place to stay until they can figure out who he is.
Meanwhile, in London, newly-wed Lily, who is originally from the Ukraine, reports her husband, Carl, missing. H
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Marialyce
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 psychologically wonderful stars!

My, my, my, this was quite the story! Reading a book in two days while resenting that life often interrupted my reading is a sign one has stumbled onto something fantastic.

This novel was the epitome of a wonderful psychological thriller with characters that were both fragile and those who were evil personified. It starts with Alice Lake finding a man on the beach, a man who remembers nothing. From there the story builds as we discover more about this man, she
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