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LONDON. Early morning, June 2019: on the foreshore of the river Thames, a bag of bones is discovered. Human bones.
DCI Samuel Owusu is called to the scene and quickly sends the bag for forensic examination. The bones are those of a young woman, killed by a blow to the head many years ago.
Also inside the bag is a trail of clues, in particular the seeds of a rare tree which lead DCI Owusu back to a mansion in Chelsea where, nearly thirty years previously, three people lay dead in a kitchen, and a baby waited upstairs for someone to pick her up.
The clues point forward too to a brother and sister in Chicago searching for the only person who can make sense of their pasts.
Four deaths. An unsolved mystery. A family whose secrets can't stay buried for ever ...
'Dark menace, consummate plotting. A sheer PLEASURE to read' HARRIET TYCE
'This is perfection on a page.' ALICE FEENEY
'A riveting, rollicking read, guaranteed to send your blood pressure soaring' RED MAGAZINE
'It's a triumph. Brava!' ERIN KELLY
'Compulsive, gripping and immersive.' CL TAYLOR
'Lisa Jewell is, simply, outstanding.' ALEX MARWOOD
'Compelling, ingenious, breath-stopping.' TAMAR COHEN
'A witty and propulsive stunner of a novel.' KATHERINE HEINY
'This is Lisa Jewell at her absolute best. I loved it!' PAUL BURSTON
'A compulsive, dark, satisfying tale that will pick you up and refuse to put you down.' CATHERINE STEADMAN
Readers can't get enough of The Family Remains . . .
***** 'There's nothing about this book that I would change. Seriously.'
***** 'My expectations were high and this still managed to surpass them.'
***** 'The writing is outstanding from start to finish and it's an engrossing read.'
***** 'I could not put it down and loved the surprises and twists.'
***** 'Lisa Jewell can write one hell of a thriller!!'
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The Lamb family—the centre of Lisa Jewell’s hypnotic novel The Family Upstairs—returns in an emotional mystery that examines the consequences of trauma and the fragility of identity. You don’t need to have read the prequel, as Jewell provides enough detail in The Family Remains to weave its threads into a rich and compelling story, full of charismatic characters and more than one central mystery. In Antibes, a man is found dead; in Martha’s Vineyard, an English jewellery designer begins a new romance; in Chicago, a middle-aged man tries to reconnect with a long-lost companion; in London, a detective works the tragic case of a bag of human bones. Jewell was initially adamant that she wouldn’t write a sequel to her hit novel, but returned to the characters after her fans pleaded for more. We’re glad she did and we’re sure you’ll feel the same.
Bestseller Jewell's lively sequel to 2019's The Family Upstairs juggles three different story lines that eventually overlap. In 2019, Det. Insp. Samuel Owusu investigates skeletal remains in a black trash bag that have washed up on the bank of the Thames. In 2016, 30-ish Rachel Gold, a London-based jewelry designer, meets Michael Rimmer, with whom she has a whirlwind romance that ends with Michael's murder in Antibes in 2018. The third plot strand focuses on creepy Henry Lamb; Henry's sister, Lucy Lamb, who was once married to Michael; and Lucy's daughter, Libby Jones, whose escape from their childhood "house of horrors" was the centerpiece of the previous book. Henry's obsessive search for Finn Thomsen, a companion from his terrifying and traumatic youth, worries Lucy, who tracks Henry to Chicago, while Libby is intent on finding her biological father. By rapidly jumping around in time, 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. Agent: Deborah Schneider, Gelfman Schneider Literary.