Note: As stated under the Source (above), I received this book for free from Atria via NetGalley. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.
Summary: Alice Lake is a single mother barely keeping it together in a small seaside town, when a strange man with amnesia shows up on her beach. In London, a young newlywed’s husband suddenly goes missing, and she is determined to find him. As Alice and this man try to figure out who he is and why he is there, they begin to unravel a secret from the past. All the while, Lily’s investigation into her husband’s disappearance brings her to the very same seaside town. Only together can they fully reconstruct the past and get the answers they all need.
Review: There is so much I enjoyed about this book. The plot was wicked smart. The way each bit was unraveled worked beautifully for me. Going back and forth between past and present, while also jumping between different character perspectives eked out a little bit of information at a time, making me feel like I was getting somewhere while also bringing up more questions. At some point along the way, I suspected some version of what happened, but not the ending. Definitely not the ending.
Alice might have been a bit flaky, but I loved her imperfections, and her willingness to keep trying, to keep doing better. And that she accepts her flaws, and doesn’t obsess about them. Honestly, I detested Lily. I disliked her so much I had a very difficult time feeling badly about her circumstances. I’m not sure how I feel about the relationship between Alice and the amnesiac man, but I suppose stranger things have happened.
I found the story to be clever, properly intense and mysterious, and all around good fun. My first book by Lisa Jewell, certainly won’t be my last.