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

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His character reminded me of Patrick Bateman from American Psycho ( especially his future life, his extra meticulousness, his obsessions, his luxurious life style, his troubled emotional state) I easily connected with him and in my opinion he definitely deserved a second chance after what he’s been through like all the others. 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. In fact, Jewell adds another character, Rachel, who is struggling to separate herself from her abusive ex-husband.

While I don't think it's necessary to go reread The Family Upstairs to refresh your memory, as the book does contain reminders, there's a lot of characterization and backstory that would be missing here if you jumped straight into this book without reading the first. There are a few minor twists that are somewhat predictable, but overall I enjoyed these characters and am glad to have found out what happened next in their lives.

Twenty-six years is long enough to doubt your recollection of things, to wonder if maybe things really did happen the way you think they happened” (69). Lisa Jewell's first novel, Ralph’s Party , was published in 1999 and was the best-selling debut novel of the year. The Family Remains is a big, globetrotting book with a huge cast of characters and back stories and police investigations and so much going on. The Family Remains takes place directly after the events from its predecessor, but also provides readers with alternate timelines and point of views to wrap up the next installment of a severely damaged family.

The Family Remains𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫 - Lisa Jewell𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞 - Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Crime Fiction𝐋𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐭𝐡 - 429 pages𝐀𝐠𝐞 𝐑𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 - 15+𝐒𝐲𝐧𝐨𝐩𝐬𝐢𝐬:𝗟𝗢𝗡𝗗𝗢𝗡. Rachel is a cautionary tale, reminding us that even an intelligent self-possessed woman can be duped and rush into bad decisions, although Rachel’s strength in dealing with a nightmare situation is admirable.As my Goodreads friend Amanda said in my review comments, this is “the sequel I didn’t know I wanted”! Both Lucy and Henry were recipients of a very large inheritance that was left to Lucy’s oldest daughter, Libby Jones. But to be honest, I think living with those questions would have been more satisfying than having to endure The Family Remains. Her family had reported her missing all those years ago but her body or whereabouts were never found.

Do you think his obsession with Kris is ominous, or simply due to the trauma he experienced as a child? Henry is adamant about finding Phin and following certain leads ends up in Chicago, temporarily severing contact with his sister and her kids who, however, track him down and promptly follow him to the Windy City. There are multiple timelines that are well defined and I felt such dread with the earlier timelines.It was such a great book written with different timelines so you go back and forth in time quite a lot to different characters. This sequel started with a dead body, as these thrillers often do, and the opening of a twenty year old mystery. It’s been three years since “The Family Upstairs”, and it all came back to me as soon as I began reading “Remains”.

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