Published: April 25, 2017
Publisher: Atria Books
In the British seaside town of Ridinghouse Bay, single mom Alice, finds a man sitting on a bench outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, and no idea how he got there. Against her better judgement, she invites him to stay in her guesthouse.
In the suburb of London, newlywed Lily grows anxious when her husband fails to return home from work one night. Soon, she finds out that the man she married never even existed.
Twenty-three years earlier, Gray and Kristy are teenagers on a vacation with their parents. The yearly trip to Ridinghouse Bay was uneventful until an enigmatic young man starts paying extra attention to Kristy. Something about him makes Gray uncomfortable.
Who is the man on the bench? Where is Lily’s husband? What ever happened to the man that made such a lasting and disturbing impression on Gray?
It’s safe to say I’m becoming a fan of Lisa Jewell. She has a unique way of breaking down a story into tiny pieces and weaving them together beautifully. This book was a slow burn, but once the momentum picked up, I didn’t want to put it down. Jewell has a way of creating these character driven novels. I find myself connecting to some aspect of the characters, and others I dislike, which I believe adds another level to the story.
While this might not be a “sit on the edge of your seat novel,” it is definitely one that will keep you wondering what the heck is going on?!?!