Massive THANK YOU to Dave and #TheWriteReads crew for organising this tour so quickly! I am so thrilled to be part of the team bringing this tour your way!
I read the first novel – The Family Upstairs – in anticipation of this release. If you loved TFU, you’ll love The Family Remains! There are murders, family issues, and a cult at the heart of it all. This novel follows the children from the first book into their adult lives and examines how they’ve been affected by the events of their upbringing.
WHAT A READ!
Lisa Jewell is a master of her craft. She kept me guessing at each plot point and it was impossible to put the book down – that’s saying something because it was a big enough book!
I fell in love with each of the main characters – especially Libby, of course. There was one character – Henry – who I really didn’t like for most of the duology, but that really just furthers my point that Lisa is amazing at writing and crafting a fantastic story. Her villains were fully believable and the writing immersive. I often found myself ruminating on what I might have done in a similar situation and it’s hard to consider.
As much as I absolutely devoured the book, I was really sad when it ended because I didn’t want to leave the characters behind. Although, I was delighted – yet surprised yet again – with the ending. It was exactly what I wanted to happen! I’ve decided Lisa is an author who loves to write surprises, so I’ll be reading everything on her backlist thanks to this book!
TW: sexual abuse, child loss, child abuse, grooming, and more.
The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell
Genre: Adult Thriller
Length: 448 Pages
Publishing: 21st July 2022
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 …
About the Author
LISA JEWELL 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 eighteen novels, most recently a number of dark psychological thrillers, including The Girls, Then She Was Gone and The Family Upstairs (all of which were Richard & Judy Book Club picks).
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, one cat, one guinea pig and the best dog in the world.