Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Atria Books (April 25 2017)
Synopsis: In a windswept British seaside town, single mom Alice Lake finds a man sitting on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, and no idea how he got there. Against her better judgment, she invites him inside.
Meanwhile, in a suburb of London, 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.
Twenty-three years earlier, Gray and Kirsty are teenagers on a summer holiday with their parents. Their annual trip to the quaint seaside town is passing by uneventfully, until an enigmatic young man starts paying extra attention to Kirsty. Something about him makes Gray uncomfortable—and it’s not just that he’s playing the role of protective older brother.
Two decades of secrets, a missing husband, and a man with no memory are at the heart of this brilliant new novel, filled with the “beautiful writing, believable characters, pacey narrative, and dark secrets” (Daily Mail, London) that make Lisa Jewell so beloved by audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Let me start by saying: I have never been a big fan of the thriller/suspense genre, but something about the synopsis for this book caught. And I am so happy that it did. I literally could not put this book down – each chapter ended on a cliffhanger that left me unable to stop there… so I just kept reading. The change in perspective from chapter-to-chapter also added to the suspense and addictiveness of the story – changing perspectives (or even time periods) for each chapter is a great format that I really like used in books. I find that it adds suspense and keeps you reading. This format definitely added even more suspense to this book.
As for the characters: I found them all so unique that it made them easily distinguishable early in the book. I never found myself forgetting or confusing who was who – something that can happen often in books with more than one lead character. Since I found this to be a very character driven book, it is incredibly important for all the characters to develop individually in the reader’s mind, which I think Jewell did fantastically!
I loved the inclusion of romance in this book – as a huge fan of romance oriented books, this really helped peaked my interest in this suspenseful thriller. There were a lot of twists and turns throughout the book that I didn’t see coming and all the characters were hiding secrets! The fact that the mystery was 22 years old made it more enticing to me and I loved how things fit together in this book.
A great read that might lead me to read more thrillers in the future…
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Simon & Schuster Canada*