The Family Remains: the gripping Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller (The Family Upstairs, 2)

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The Family Remains: the gripping Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller (The Family Upstairs, 2)

The Family Remains: the gripping Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller (The Family Upstairs, 2)

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But, it turns out that was unnecessary because the author seamlessly summarizes it in the first few chapters. I had read The Family Upstairs so long ago that I worried that I would not be able to connect with and enjoy The Family Remains, the sequel to The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell. But as the recording sessions go deeper and deeper into the truth of Josie’s life, Alix soon realizes that Josie is not as ordinary as she appears. All the sinister and creepy details about The Family Upstairs came flooding back to me with Lisa Jewell’s help as she referenced many of the details throughout the sequel.

Rachel was questioned extensively but in the end it was determined that Michael had been a victim of a home invasion. You don't have to read The Family Upstairs as there are a lot of backstories that I think you can piece together about what happened. It pains me to rate a Lisa Jewell novel this low but there is absolutely nothing about this book I feel good about. 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.Lisa is a number one New York Times and Sunday Times author who has sold over ten million books worldwide and be Twenty-six years is long enough to doubt your recollection of things, to wonder if maybe things really did happen the way you think they happened” (69). Picking up each breadcrumb, and there are many, I analyzed every detail, hoping to figure it all out. If you’ve not yet read THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS, choose it for your next book club pick and discuss as a group how the story both functions as a sequel and stand-alone novel.

Despite him not being massively likeable, I still really felt for him because his childhood and adolescence must have been utter hell, so is it any wonder he has turned into the complex person he is today? The narrative follows new and old characters as they reconnect with each other and as they discover shocking new connections. Her family had reported her missing all those years ago but her body or whereabouts were never found. This book is very character-driven, but also provides the mystery and suspense that you've come to love with Lisa Jewell novels. The bag of bones that has been found leads DI Owusu to a mansion in Chelsea where, as we know, very disturbing things happened to a forever bonded group of people.

This sequel started with a dead body, as these thrillers often do, and the opening of a twenty year old mystery. Sometimes an author creates such intriguing characters that readers are left to fret about at the end of a book, but Lisa Jewell gifted us with this sequel that gives us peace of mind.

Some say that The Family Remains can be read as a stand-alone, but oh how much more a reader will be in the characters and their outcomes if the full extent of their suffering from The Family Upstairs is known. Another storyline follows Rachel and her dysfunctional relationship with her husband,Michael, and the third storyline follows a police investigation into the identity of twenty plus year old human remains found near the Thames River. I really enjoyed the police investigation sections and thought those new characters were a fantastic addition.

He used all the resources and initiatives he could muster to find out where Phin could have gone to.

I wouldn’t have written the sequel if it had been merely a rehash of all the points of view from the first one. In the beginning, I debated abandoning this, but wanted to see how Jewel would bring it all together. It was almost impossible for me to remember the characters from The Family Upstairs and to also remember all of the crazy, immoral things that went on. I didn’t decide until halfway through to send Lucy after him, but realized their stories needed to align more closely as the book developed. Because this book does such a good job of going over past events, I can see how someone could read this book and understand what is going on, more or less.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. When Phin goes missing, Lucy reaches out to his sister, Clemency, who brings up Phin and Henry’s complicated relationship. You are never quite sure what he is going to do next, even while reading his first person perspective, which keeps the narrative exciting. I’d like to thank Netgalley UK, Random House UK – Cornerstone, Century, and Lisa Jewell for the e-ARC.



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