ARC REVIEW: The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell

Title: The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell
Published by: Century
Publication date: 21st July 2022
Genre: Crime & Thriller
Amazon UK


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 …

My review:

A massive thank you to Century for sending me a copy of this book for review!

The Family Remains is an exciting and thrilling read that will have you hooked from start to finish. It will constantly keep you guessing what’s going to happen and questioning who you can trust. You don’t want to miss this absolutely cracking thriller!

One thing I liked about it is that it can be read as a standalone. The horrific events of the first book, The Family Upstairs, are explained enough that you don’t need to read it. However, I would recommend reading the first book because it adds more depth to the characters and it helps understand the trauma that they’ve been through and are still living with.

It was so interesting finding out what happened to all the characters after the trauma they suffered. I remember from reading the first book how much I enjoyed Henry’s chapters because of how dark they were and it was definitely the same in the sequel. Henry is such a fascinating character because you can’t easily predict what he’s going to do. I found him really disturbing but, at the same time, I found it interesting being inside his head and seeing how he views the world. I had no idea what he was up to but he made me feel very tense waiting to find out.

I also enjoyed Rachel’s chapters and watching her marriage with Michael slowly unravel. I loved how her story began at the end before going back to the start, so you were able to see why it ended that way. It’s such an interesting way to tell a story and it piqued my interest right away! I did like her character and felt so sorry for her. I don’t want to say anymore but her story made me experience a rollercoaster of emotions. There’s so many nail-biting scenes and jaw-dropping moments that made it really hard to predict what was going to happen. I loved it!

Prepare to cancel your plans because The Family Remains is an unputdownable read. It’s definitely going to be one of the best books released this year!

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