'I got here yesterday.'
'Where did you come from?'
'I have no idea.'
Lily 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.
Alice 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 into her home.
But who is he, and how can she trust a man who has lost his memory?
Two women, twenty years of secrets and a man who can't remember lie at the heart of Lisa Jewell's brilliant new novel.
Very well put together, with some really likeable characters, I really liked Alice, she seemed a real carefree spirit. But with a heart of gold.
Single Mum, Alice notices a man sat on the beach outside her home, he's been sat there a long time. she eventually takes him out a jacket to keep him warm and her softer side invites him to stay at her home. He's not staying in her house but in a summer house type building she has in her garden, that she occasionally rents out to earn a little extra money.
The man, who her daughter names Frank, has lost his memory, doesn't know who or where he is. This part of the story fascinated me, you just can't imagine not knowing who you are or where you are from, or that you need to slice a bagel in half to toast it.
But I can't imagine letting a strange man who doesn't even have a name into my home, into my families lives.
Lily Monrose a 21 year old, left stranded in a new country where she doesn't know anyone. Newly wed, 3 weeks previously and it's turning out now that she also doesn't know her husband. When he failed to come home from work one night she goes to the police, and tell her that her husband never existed. So who was she married to, and most of all, where the hell is he?
I found myself happily plodding along with the story, and the further in it got, the more I wanted to know about these characters, who is the stranger and what has happened to Lily's husband. I kept trying to link things together myself, but I didn't do a very good job of it.
It's an interesting, yet different read. Lisa Jewell is a new author for me, but I think it's safe to say I wouldn't hesitate to read more from her.