The Family Remains pdf Summary Reviews by Lisa Jewell

The Family Remains pdf book is a thriller novel by Lisa Jewell. The family remains is novel about twisted marriages, fractured families, and deadly obsessions; a sequel to her “brilliantly chilling” New York Times bestselling The Family Upstairs.

The Family Remains Summary

Early one morning on the shore of the Thames, DCI Samuel Owusu is called to the scene of a gruesome discovery. When Owusu sends the evidence for examination, he learns the bones are connected to a cold case that left three people dead on the kitchen floor in a Chelsea mansion thirty years ago.

Rachel Rimmer has also received a shock—news that her husband, Michael, has been found dead in the cellar of his house in France. All signs point to an intruder, and the French police need her to come urgently to answer questions about Michael and his past that she very much doesn’t want to answer.

After fleeing London thirty years ago in the wake of a horrific tragedy, Lucy Lamb is finally coming home. While she settles in with her children and is just about to purchase their first-ever house, her brother takes off to find the boy from their shared past whose memory haunts their present.

As they all race to discover answers to these convoluted mysteries, they will come to find that they’re connected in ways they could have never imagined.

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About Lisa Jewell Author of The Family Remains pdf Book

Lisa Jewell
Lisa Jewell

LISA JEWELL Author of The Family Remains was born in London in 1968. Her first novel, Ralph’s Party, was the best- selling debut novel of 1999. Since then she has written another twenty novels, most recently a number of dark psychological thrillers, including The Girls, Then She Was Gone, The Family Upstairs and The Night She Disappeared.

Lisa is a New York Times and Sunday Times number one bestselling author who has been published worldwide in over twenty-five languages. She lives in north London with her husband, two teenage daughters and the best dog in the world.

The Family Remains pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information

The family remains pdf
The family remains pdf
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Atria Books (August 9, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1982178892
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1982178895
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.14 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #5,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #56 in Ghost Thrillers
  • #179 in Domestic Thrillers (Books)
  • #556 in Psychological Thrillers (Books)
  • Customer Reviews: 4.4 out of 5 stars    56 ratings

The Family Remains Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Spellbinding from the first page to the last, Lisa Jewell knows how to weave a tale that makes readers breathless. Perfectly plotted and paced, with so many shocking twists, The Family Remains is simply masterful.” —SAMANTHA DOWNING, International bestselling author of For Your Own Good

The Family Remains reminds me why I come to her books time and time again…because Lisa Jewell is a superb writer at the top of her game.” —Karin Slaughter, New York Times and International bestselling author

“Lively…Jewell effectively keeps readers off balance all the way to the happy ending. Though this tale of child abuse and mayhem works as a standalone, those who haven’t read The Family Upstairs will immediately want to rush out and do so.” ― Publishers Weekly

“Other authors are at a ten out of ten, for me, and Lisa is a solid hundred.” —GILLIAN McALLISTER, Sunday Times bestselling author of That Night 

“[A] triumph.” —ERIN KELLY, Sunday Times bestselling author of Watch Her Fall

“Lisa Jewell is, simply, outstanding.” —ALEX MARWOOD, author of The Poison Garden

“Compelling, ingenious, breath-stopping. No one creates characters as complex, real and utterly human as Lisa Jewell.” —TAMAR COHEN, author of When She Was Bad 

“[A]nother masterclass in thriller writing from the current queen of psychological suspense.” —MARK EDWARDS, author of The House Guest 

Reviews from Amazon Verified Buyers


4.0 out of 5 stars Note: This review contains major spoilers for the first book in the series, The Family Upstairs. Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2022

The Family Remains (fitting title btw) picks up a year after the events of The Family Upstairs. Libby Jones (birth name Serenity Lamb) has grown close to her biological mother, Lucy Lamb, her uncle, Henry Lamb, half-brother Marco, and half-sister Stella. Plus she is bound to them by the shocking shared truth of the horrors that occurred at Sixteen Cheyenne Walk – her family home turned cult, the property she inherited from her grandparents. She has recently sold the Chelsea house, given all the bad things that happened there, and split the proceeds of the sale with her mother and uncle. Libby is also keen to track down her birth father – Phineas (Phin) Thomsen (son of cult leader David Thomsen) – who has been missing for over twenty-five years.

The remains of Birdie Dunlop-Evers (one of the cult follows who abused Henry, Lucy, Phil, and his sister Clemency) have also been discovered by police, put there by Henry, who killed Birdie twenty-six years ago in self-defence to protect baby Serenity/Libby.

A second (more recent) body has been discovered in Antibes, France, belonging to Michael Rimmer, Lucy’s abusive ex-husband and Marco’s father, who she killed (also in self-defence) after he attacked her.

The past is catching up with the Lamb family.

With me so far? Honestly there was so much to remember from the first book. I highly recommend skim-reading it like I did, or at least have a copy handy to refer to if you get lost. POV’s alternated between Henry, Lucy, and Marco (and their search for Phin), DCI Samuel Owusu (investigating Birdie’s murder), and Rachel Gold (Michael Rimmer’s second wife). This is going to sound weird, but even though this was an engrossing read, with top-notch writing, I don’t think a sequel was really needed. Don’t get me wrong, it was great to re-visit these characters, I was emotionally invested, and I appreciated the closure regarding certain characters fates, but by the end of this book, I felt we were at the same place as the end of The Family Upstairs. Rachel’s story arc was my favourite, likely because she was a new character with a fresh take, but the hunt for Phin became rather tedious in the second half. Also, I really missed Libby’s POV, and thought she would’ve had more of an active role in the search for her father.

Furthermore, I would categorize Henry, Lucy, and Marco’s story as more family drama/secrets/tragedy, with Rachel’s being more domestic thriller, and a dash of police procedural thrown in.

An above average read, which I think fans of The Family Upstairs will appreciate, but I preferred The Family Upstairs.

I’d like to thank Netgalley UK, Random House UK – Cornerstone, Century, and Lisa Jewell for the e-ARC.

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