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

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However, The Family Remains could be read as a stand alone book because Lisa Jewell does include many details about the previous book in the sequel. I definitely can’t wait to read more by this author, even if I didn’t love this one quite as much as the first book.

This is going to sound weird, but even though this was an engrossing read, with top-notch writing, I don’t think a sequel was really needed. I read Book 1 in this series a few years ago so some details weren’t as fresh in my mind as I would have liked, however, Lisa Jewell had me hooked and hanging on every word regardless. And Michael Raimes found murdered brutally at his house in France , the very same man was married with Lucy Lamb: one of the victims who has been raped and abused at the mad house!The first storyline follows Henry Lamb aka Phineas Thomson as he attempts to find the real Phineas Thomsen for unspecified reasons in Chicago. Were there elements you wanted to make sure you incorporated to highlight themes in the Lamb family story? Lucy and Henry needed to escape their home and needed to leave the baby, Serenity was renamed Libby; Libby inherited a sizable sum when she turned twenty-five. After a year’s separation, Rachel receives word that her husband has been found dead from stab wounds in his house in Antibes, France. I hadn’t enjoyed the experience and didn’t like the resultant book and thus was very adamant at first when readers were asking for a sequel to The Family Upstairs that I would not do one.

I feel sad to say goodbye to this cast of characters, because as dysfunctional as they are, they make for SUCH good reading!Her mother was a secretary and her father was a textile agent and she was brought up in the northernmost reaches of London with her two younger sisters. DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Random House UK, Cornerstone, Century via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell for review. It pains me to rate a Lisa Jewell novel this low but there is absolutely nothing about this book I feel good about. One of the final scenes is Libby receiving the funds from the sale of the house and so really there was no need to go back into the house. I thought it was very clever, and I especially liked seeing Rachel’s relationship with Michael being portrayed, and us being able to see how that linked into Lucy’s story.

A black bin liner full of old bones found on the banks of the Thames leads the police back to the Lamb family. More than anyone else in that house Henry knew where the moral high ground should be and was constantly begging the grown-ups to try to find it” (407). Whereas Bolton can masterfully craft some quirky characters (think of the gypsy fam from Dead Woman Walking) and slanted dialogue, Jewell is the Olympic diver who belly flops into the pool.This is the continuation of that story, and for those of you who felt like you needed to know "the rest of the story" about Henry, Lucy, Libby, and Phin, your wish is granted because this helps to flesh out and further their storylines so you know what happens to them in the present day. The story itself is interesting and Jewell keeps you in the dark about what the complete story is and how three distinct story lines are connected for the majority of the book. I try not to DNF books out of respect for the author’s hard work, but this book really tried my patience. Will the detectives be able to unravel the mystery and find out what really happened all those years ago?

I experienced it in my first marriage in my early twenties and it’s something that I think I will always revisit in my writing. I really enjoyed the police investigation sections and thought those new characters were a fantastic addition. Well, I am afraid to say that this morning the body of your husband, Michael Rimmer, was discovered by his housekeeper in the basement of his house in Antibes. A trip to Botswana to meet Phin is planned but falls through when Phin leaves Botswana when he finds out about their upcoming visit.Lisa Jewell's first novel, Ralph’s Party , was published in 1999 and was the best-selling debut novel of the year. I really enjoyed reading The Family Remains and look forward to reading many more books by Lisa Jewell. This was officially one star when Henry and Lucy reentered the UK with their fake passports AFTER Interpol had located them and they were questioned by the police.

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