The Family Remains

Thank you, Atria Books, for the gifted copy of The Family Remains. {partner}

Genre: Mystery
Format: 📖
Pub Date: 8.9.2022
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆.5


“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.”


Their secrets refuse to stay buried.

Oh, boy, was I anxious to start reading The Family Remains! I was excited because I love love love Lisa Jewell – she is one of my auto-buy authors, but I was nervous as it’s been close to three years since I read The Family Upstairs, and I was afraid I’d forgotten everything. I considered a re-read but then didn’t have time.

But, of course, Jewell had me covered! She supplied a family chart at the beginning of the book (why don’t all authors with lots of characters do this?), and she also explained pieces of the first book I had forgotten. It felt like a natural continuation of The Family Upstairs.

It took me about 50 pages to keep up with the alternating perspectives and timelines, but once I had it figured out, I felt I could dive into the book. I loved reading along as all of the pieces of the Lamb-Thomsen family puzzle came together.

And the ending? I’ve seen how some people didn’t love it. But, in my opinion, it was just what I needed. I felt like I had the closure that I needed since finishing The Family Upstairs in 2019.

📖 Short chapters that keep you turning the page
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Family chart (so you can have a character refresh)
❗️You absolutely must read The Family Upstairs first (no skipping!)
😏 Morally grey characters that keep me hooked

❌- rape

As I mentioned above, you must read The Family Upstairs before reading The Family Remains, or you will be sorely disappointed. I recommend reading TFR if you are searching for a well-developed character-centric mystery!

For those interested — here is my review for The Family Upstairs from 2019.

Format: 371 pages, hardback
Published: August 2022
ISBN 1982178892 (ISBN13: 9781982178895)

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