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Book Review: I Found You by Lisa Jewell

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I Found You Review

I think I chose the wrong book to test out the writings of Lisa Jewell. I knew of her from a fellow Bookstagrammer, Booktuber and Book Blogger, Bibliomom, who had read one of Lisa Jewell’s books. I saw that her book “I Found You” was on Scribd and decided to give her a go.

It was a mistake.

Because I DNF-ed this book out of pure hatred for it.

If you do not know this about me, I am a hate reader, I will persist to read a book to its final page out of pure spite and perhaps a smidge of hope that the book might have a monumental plot twist that will ultimately save it from its destined doom.

So, when I decide to DNF a book. It’s THAT bad. 

I DNF-ed this book 4 hours into the audiobook because I just could not stand it with the characters within this book.

First, we have Alice. 

Alice is the most selfish, reckless and stupidest woman I have ever read. She is so selfish in the sense that she put her children in danger just because she felt bad that a strange man was stranded on the beach alone.

He could have been a pedophile or even a serial killer for all we know and Alice just brought him into her house of which she has three children, the youngest being five if I am not mistaken. 

Her eldest daughter did raise some concern of when this stranger, whom Alice names Frank, will get out of their house and Alice thinks her daughter is being rude. Rude???? Ma’am! Somebody has to have more than two brain cells in this house and it sure doesn’t look like it will be you.

At first, I thought okay maybe Alice is just weirdly helpful to the community like that but then we get to the part where Alice started sleeping with Frank. 

I was just speechless.

You are telling me this mother, endangered her children for sex and because she felt a bit lonely? Alice, please just get a babysitter and go out clubbing or something. Do a one night stand. Anything is honestly better than bringing a complete stranger to live with you.

Also, mind you, Alice and Frank only knew each other for a few weeks. It’s a wonder Alice’s eldest daughter isn’t more of a rebel having a mother who doesn’t have any common sense.

Secondly, we have Graham aka Gray and his family. 

Gray and his family are on a holiday at this beach town and his younger sister starts seeing this young man, Mark, of whom he has bad vibes for. 

Gray warns his family against Mark but then he himself goes to a party hosted by Mark whereby his sister is also along with the ride. Knowing full well Mark stalks his sister all because he wanted to get to know Mark’s beautiful female friend.

Now, Mark has become completely unhinged when Gray’s sister tries to break things off with him and proceeds to break Gray’s hand and has a knife against his sister.

I have yet to talk about Gray’s parents allowing their daughter to date a man who is in his late teens or early 20s when their daughter is fifteen. It is understandable times were different but have they not heard of chaperoning?

The last character that I dislike is Lily. Her husband is missing and she is in a foreign land with no family and no friends. In her desperation to find her husband she enlists the help of the only friend of her husband that she knows. 

On one weekend, said friend agrees to bring Lily to the countryside where a clue exists regarding her husband’s disappearance. Then Lily, has the audacity to judge said friend’s wife, Jo, by saying she is bossy all due to the fact that Jo is unhappy that her husband rather than spend time with his family on the weekend he is sending a random woman to a countryside. 

I have no idea why all the characters in this book were so unlikeable and honestly quite stupid. 

Hence why I just had to DNF this book. The mental and emotional anguish it put me through was not worth it and I did spoil myself by reading the ending and truly, this book was not worth it.

Comment below if you have books you DNF-ed by how bad it was I’d love to know.

I Found You Synopsis

Title: I Found You

Author: Lisa Jewell

Published: 25 April 2017

Publisher: Atria Books

Rating: DNF

‘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.

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3 Replies to “Book Review: I Found You by Lisa Jewell”

  1. honestly I thought I was the only one who didn’t like the characters😭
    I literally feel so relieved reading this because you took the words straight out of my mouth!!

    everything you said is literally what I was thinking and I ended this book feeling pissed!

    like Graham knew his sister was lowkey afraid of Mark and still let her be pressured into going to a party with them just so he could get with a girl! like what??!

    When he finds Mark later in life he chokes him. Honestly, I felt like the grief for his sister’s loss wasn’t well felt. No choked sobbing, no serious feeling.

    She went through so so much and I felt so angry, if I met Mark I’d have slowly tortured him and I’m a stranger!

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