Let’s find out more about my latest read and my first ever Lisa Jewell book!
‘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 three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed.
(Synopsis from Goodreads)
Released in April 2017, this is one of Lisa’s latest books yet it’s the first book I have read from her.
I would love to say where I got it from, but I can’t remember. I thought it was a pressie, but now I’m not so sure. Oh well that part doesn’t matter does it. I decided to pick it up from my bookshelf and the rest they say is history.
It took me 10 days to finish. Which looking back isn’t really a long time at all.
I personally enjoyed how you flicked between the characters and their POV (points of view). Within chapters it could change and although it took some getting used to, it was nice to have that as it made the book more intriguing as you tried to work it out.
The characters were intriguing and it was great how it flicked between the past and present, which gave you as a reader a greater understanding of the book.
Yes, I have to admit I worked some bits out early on, but what I didn’t work out was how it was all going to come together, so I don’t mind.
Yet saying this, at the beginning I have to say that it felt as though (sorry) the story was slower. Don’t let that put you off though as it picks up towards the end (more like the middle) and looking back I can see why it took longer to get ‘into’ because sometimes you just need to know the characters before turning it slightly darker.
Saying that whilst it was darker, I have to say I agree with Chelsea from Thesuspenseisthrillingme.com when she mentions that it is also fairly a light book also. Don’t get me wrong, looking back some of the themes and revelations are fairly dark and twisted, not something which you can think of straight away, yet the book didn’t feel this dark and twisted. It flowed and it made sense. It wasn’t just ‘a story’ Lisa made it believable which is probably why I liked it so.
Can I also add, how I enjoyed that there was a map in the beginning of the book? It really helped me as a reader visualise the street and distances between the landmarked places on the map and I also enjoyed how I could flick back to the beginning of the book once a place was mentioned to see where I was. For me, it added a lot to the book and it really was just two pages with a map.
Have you read it? Would love to hear your thoughts.
Until next time,