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The Family Remains: A Novel de Lisa Jewell
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The Family Remains: A Novel (edição: 2023)

de Lisa Jewell (Autor)

Séries: The Family Upstairs (2)

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Fiction. Literature. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"The page-turner will sate fans and win over new readers alike...a solid stand-alone tale of mystery and suspense." ??USA TODAY

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jewell comes an intricate and affecting novel about twisted marriages, fractured families, and deadly obsessions in this stand-alone sequel to the "brilliantly chilling" (Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author) The Family Upstairs.

Early one morning on the shore of the Thames, DCI Samuel Owusu is called to the scene of a gruesome discovery. When Owusu sends the evidence for examination, he learns the bones are connected to a cold case that left three people dead on the kitchen floor in a Chelsea mansion thirty years ago.
Rachel Rimmer has also received a shock??news that her husband, Michael, has been found dead in the cellar of his house in France. All signs point to an intruder, and the French police need her to come urgently to answer questions about Michael and his past that she very much doesn't want to answer.
After fleeing London thirty years ago in the wake of a horrific tragedy, Lucy Lamb is finally coming home. 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.
As they all race to discover answers to these convoluted mysteries, they will come to find that they're connected in ways they could have never imagined.
In this masterful standalone sequel to her haunting New York Times bestseller, The Family Upstairs, Lisa Jewell proves she is writing at the height of her powers with another jaw-dropping, intricate, and affecting novel about the lengths we will go to protect the ones we love and uncover the
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Título:The Family Remains: A Novel
Autores:Lisa Jewell (Autor)
Informação:Atria Books (2023), 400 pages
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Un día de junio de 2019 en Londres, a la orilla del río Támesis, aparece una bolsa llena de huesos; son los restos de una mujer que murió años atrás asesinada de un golpe en la cabeza.

En la bolsa se hallan también las semillas de un árbol poco común que llevan al inspector de policía Samuel Owusu, responsable del caso, a una mansión en Chelsea. Mansión en la que, treinta años antes, fueron hallados tres muertos y un bebé abandonado.

Solo revisitar el pasado conseguirá recomponer las piezas de este rompecabezas familiar y sacar a la luz secretos que quedaron enterrados mucho tiempo atrás.
  bcacultart | Mar 25, 2024 |
Another Enjoyable Thriller



I thoroughly relished "The Family Upstairs" and bestowed upon it a 5-star review. Considering its tremendous success both artistically and commercially, it was inevitable that there would be a temptation to create a sequel at some point. However, history has demonstrated that releasing a sequel to a novel originally intended as a standalone isn't always a prudent decision. With this in mind, I approached "The Family Remains" hoping for the best but bracing myself for the worst. The outcome, however, fell somewhere in between.

Firstly, let's address whether "The Family Remains" can be enjoyed by someone who isn't already acquainted with the first book. Lisa Jewell does exhibit some consideration for her readers by offering brief background information on key characters at the beginning of the book. Additionally, she utilizes one of the early chapters, narrated from Henry's perspective, to provide background details from the first book. Nevertheless, I believe this serves better as a refresher for those who have actually read the initial installment rather than fully acquainting new readers with the story.

The novel itself delivers much of what you would anticipate from Lisa Jewell: fluent and engaging writing that captivates readers with her trademark page-turning style. The character development is, as always, commendable, with well-crafted protagonists, although not always likable. The pace remains steady throughout, and the plot has been carefully constructed, avoiding glaring plot holes or stretching believability too far beyond the bounds of dramatic fiction. However, despite these strengths, "The Family Remains" lacks the same level of originality, intrigue, and menace found in "The Family Upstairs," resulting in a less impactful experience compared to its predecessor.

If you enjoyed "The Family Upstairs," it's likely that you will also derive enjoyment from this sequel, albeit perhaps not to the same extent. Conversely, if you didn't appreciate the first book, it's highly unlikely that you'll find much enjoyment in this one either. If you haven't read "The Family Upstairs" yet, I recommend doing so before delving into "The Family Remains" to ensure maximum satisfaction from the latter.
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  b00kdarling87 | Jan 7, 2024 |
THE FAMILY REMAINS is Lisa Jewell's sequel to her book THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS. I read THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS long enough ago that I forget much of it. That detracted from my enjoyment of THE FAMILY REMAINS even though it is just as well written as Jewell's other novels. Although I dislike rereading novels, in this case it would have been better if I had reread THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS immediately before I read THE FAMILY REMAINS.

So, if you haven't read either novel yet, I would suggest you read THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS first, then read THE FAMILY REMAINS soon after. This would be ideal.

The claim on the back of the paperback copy of THE FAMILY REMAINS is that it works as a standalone. But that would not be nearly as suspenseful and might even be confusing. I was confused throughout the book about why the family had to keep their lives secret and why they had to use fake passports.

THE FAMILY REMAINS is the only book of Jewell's that rates as low as three stars. That is because she fails to remind the reader what came before. This is something basic, something other thriller authors such as Harlan Coben and Karin Slaughter are so good at. Jewell is a writer in the same caliber as they are, but she fails here. ( )
  techeditor | Nov 6, 2023 |
Even though Lisa Jewell remains one of my favorite writers in this genre I have always maintained that The Family Upstairs is probably my least favorite among her books. Guess what? The Family Remains changed that and how!

The Family Upstairs left me with some unanswered questions. I had hoped (Lesson Learned: Be careful what you wish for!) that the sequel would answer those questions and redeem the previous book in my eyes. Were my questions answered? Yes! But to be honest, I think living with those questions would have been more satisfying than having to endure The Family Remains. I try not to DNF books out of respect for the author’s hard work, but this book really tried my patience. My buddy read with SabiReads (you can read her review here) was what helped me read through to the end.

As the story begins, we see Lucy, Henry and Libby carrying on with their lives after the events in the previous book. A trip to Botswana to meet Phin is planned but falls through when Phin leaves Botswana when he finds out about their upcoming visit. 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 is absolutely no character development for any of the main characters in the novel. Yes, we have a new character, Rachel, Lucy’s ex-husband Michael’s second wife, whose perspective is shared as part of the narrative and is of absolutely no consequence except to serve as a filler for what is overall a weak and underdeveloped story. We already knew Michael was an abusive husband with shady dealings. It was indicated in the previous book that Lucy was not a suspect in his murder and the case was closed. So why reintroduce that plot point here for the sake of a twist that again is of no consequence? We also have a bag of bones discovered by a mud–larker in the Thames which connects to the house of horrors that has since been sold off to a new owner. An investigation into the identity of the deceased is launched and the past comes back to haunt the family! We have an investigator who appears now and then but again he remains always one step behind.

The initial 50% was boring with not much happening but the background of the story (events of the previous book) being mentioned quite a few times and Henry’s obsessive search for Phin (therefore, if you haven’t read the first book, you won’t have much problem following this one since the basic details about past events are mentioned frequently). The only interesting (though immensely unlikeable) character in this story is Henry whose obsession with Phin is the only engaging part of the narrative but only up to a point because after all that build-up, the climax will either have you rolling your eyes and/or laughing at its absurdity and/or throwing the book at the nearest wall in frustration (please take care not to do that if you’re using your e-reader, it’s not worth it!)

Needless to say, this was a disappointing read. I am aware mine is an outlier opinion so you might want to go through other reviews before you decide on this one. Many have liked this novel more than I have. It pains me to rate a Lisa Jewell novel this low but there is absolutely nothing about this book I feel good about. After reading this one, I'm left with only one question: What was the purpose of this sequel? ( )
  srms.reads | Sep 4, 2023 |
I knew I might be in trouble with this book when I saw the page indicating who the "players" were. I was confused a lot at first but things started coalescing enough to figure it out later. While there were moments I enjoyed I still could not rate this even a 4. ( )
  juju2cat | Aug 30, 2023 |
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Fiction. Literature. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"The page-turner will sate fans and win over new readers alike...a solid stand-alone tale of mystery and suspense." ??USA TODAY

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jewell comes an intricate and affecting novel about twisted marriages, fractured families, and deadly obsessions in this stand-alone sequel to the "brilliantly chilling" (Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author) The Family Upstairs.

Early one morning on the shore of the Thames, DCI Samuel Owusu is called to the scene of a gruesome discovery. When Owusu sends the evidence for examination, he learns the bones are connected to a cold case that left three people dead on the kitchen floor in a Chelsea mansion thirty years ago.
Rachel Rimmer has also received a shock??news that her husband, Michael, has been found dead in the cellar of his house in France. All signs point to an intruder, and the French police need her to come urgently to answer questions about Michael and his past that she very much doesn't want to answer.
After fleeing London thirty years ago in the wake of a horrific tragedy, Lucy Lamb is finally coming home. 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.
As they all race to discover answers to these convoluted mysteries, they will come to find that they're connected in ways they could have never imagined.
In this masterful standalone sequel to her haunting New York Times bestseller, The Family Upstairs, Lisa Jewell proves she is writing at the height of her powers with another jaw-dropping, intricate, and affecting novel about the lengths we will go to protect the ones we love and uncover the

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