Length: 352 pages
Author: Lisa Jewell
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: April 25th, 2017
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads
‘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.
Two women, twenty years of secrets and a man who can’t remember lie at the heart of Lisa Jewell’s brilliant new novel.
Dare I say…too character driven? That might be the first time I’ve said that. The longer I listened to the book the more I realized I probably would’ve DNF if I was physically reading. There was a plot, but not? I don’t know, I was a bit confused by it even if by the second half I was curious as to how everything was going to end.
Definitely a cast of unlikeable characters. That really worked for this type of read so it wasn’t a big deal. The pace is slow and has flashback chapters that build over the course of the novel. There’s dry humor mixed in with some dark topics [check trigger warnings]. I found myself creeped out and hoping for justice.
I feel like I don’t have a lot to say. It was fine? Pretty forgettable though as I have read thrillers with some of the same themes and ideas, which is probably causing my lack of words too. It’s a backlist title that you could enjoy, but also, wouldn’t be missing anything if you skipped it.
Overall audience notes:
- Language: strong
- Romance: kisses to closed door scenes
- Violence: physical altercations
- Trigger/Content Warnings: sexual assault (on page), attempted rape (on page), drug use, murder, kidnapping, memory loss, loss of loved ones