The Family Remains, Lisa Jewell

The siding of a house shaded in blue, with vines and leaves growing through it.

Told in Jewell’s unique style of winding storytelling, The Family Remains brings us some characters from The Family Upstairs and some new ones. Rachel has been married on almost a whim. But her new marriage isn’t going the way she envisioned. Meanwhile, all these years later, Henry and Lucy are looking for Phin. And the authorities are on the hunt for them. It’s almost a game of cat and mouse as we watch these stories intersect.

I’m always excited to read a new Lisa Jewell book. I love her storytelling style that splits the story into varying timelines and narratives. When we left Henry in the first book, he had done something fairly sketchy to someone he cared about. Is Henry still the same person as when he was a teenager? I love the way we explore the changes in the characters through time. I agree with this being called a standalone sequel, as Jewell weaves in enough of the narrative that you needn’t have read book 1 to understand what is going on. But it certainly helps expand on the storyline. Overall, this is a fun and addicting read. Thank you, Atria Books, for sending this along.

Book Links (releasing August 9th)


About the Book

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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