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

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Libby Jones (birth name Serenity Lamb) has grown close to her biological mother, Lucy Lamb, her uncle, Henry Lamb, half-brother Marco, and half-sister Stella. As my Goodreads friend Amanda said in my review comments, this is “the sequel I didn’t know I wanted”! The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. I also liked how we got to see more of Henry’s true personality, and discover how obsessive he really is. The Family Remains will give readers closure on what happens next and lets us see how the survivors are coping.

Q: The Lamb family home plays a large role in the first novel, but it’s being sold off in this one and we barely spend any time in it.

Did the truth about the murders finally surface and reveal themselves by the conclusion of The Family Remains? Michael went from being a caring and considerate man and husband to a controlling and verbally abusive husband. This is the sequel to The Family Upstairs , but you don’t have to read The Family Upstairs (which I barely remember) to enjoy The Family Remains.

This is a dark, intense and thrilling read, never less than compelling, which includes trauma, blackmail, abuse, murder, in this superior narrative where the separate threads are expertly woven together and connected. I read The Family Upstairs in February and I loved it, it was probably one of my favourites from Lisa Jewell so far, so it’s safe to say I was excited about this sequel, and it definitely did not disappoint. Of course, he’s not through being a monster, and Rachel wonders if his previous wife Lucy had suffered, too.

The narrative follows new and old characters as they reconnect with each other and as they discover shocking new connections. 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. There are several POVs and many mysteries to resolve, including the detective trying to solve the case, Rachel; a recently married jewelry designer, Lucy Lamb; who fled London 30 years ago; and her creepy brother, Henry, who, to put it mildly, has some issues. As other characters in the book point out, he is certainly a twisted, messed up person, but I enjoyed reading about him, getting his perspective and more glimpses inside his head.

We mainly hear from Henry, Lucy, Rachel and DI Samuel Owusu, who is investigating the remains of a young woman that have been found in the River Thames. Do you think Henry skirts the moral line so well because he understands where the moral high ground should be?I was let down because there was just no mystery, mostly just domestic drama of Henry taking off to Chicago to find Phin and all of Henry's maneuvering to do that and then Lucy and the kids' maneuvering to find Henry after he blocks them. The Family Remains was a testament to what lengths a family would go to protect the people they love and care about.

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