Author: Lisa Jewell
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: April 25, 2017
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
I almost gave up on this, but found it a worthwhile read by the end.
A back and forth story between time and characters that weaves their stories together. Set in a British seaside town, single mom Alice finds a man sitting on the beach with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Against her better judgement, she invites him inside and ties to help him. In London, Lily Monrose is trying to find her husband of three weeks who has disappeared. The police are saying his passport is fake making her think she never really knew him. The scenes set in the past explore Gray and Kirsty who are on vacation with their parents. They meet a young man who quickly becomes infatuated with Kirsty, which makes Gray uneasy.
At about a third to halfway through this book, I almost gave up but decided to keep going. Even though it wasn’t the best overall, the last third of the book was really well done with the suspense brought to an even higher level. The back and forth between timelines and characters got a little confusing, especially with one having lost his memory. It can be difficult to juggle multiple narratives but Jewell did a pretty good job. At first it can seem a little out of sorts and confusing but it all ties up in the end nicely. I was a little worried at first that it wouldn’t tie together, but Jewell was able to tie up all loose ends without causing me to eye roll (which has happened on more than one occasion with more than one author). If I hadn’t finished I would have only given this a two star but having stuck with it to the end I will give it four. I recommend this to readers that enjoy a good mystery that will make you think.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.