Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE FAMILY REMAINS by Lisa Jewell


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in since I first started blogging, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is THE FAMILY REMAINS by Lisa Jewell. I love Jewell’s twisty thrillers and was a big fan of The Family Upstairs. This new one appears to be a sequel to The Family Upstairs but also works as a standalone novel.



Publication Date:  August 9, 2022 by Atria Books

From Goodreads:

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 standalone 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 truth.


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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

24 replies
  1. Laina
    Laina says:

    Oh, this sounds good! I haven’t read anything from this author, but I’ve heard her books are good!

  2. Greg
    Greg says:

    I don’t think I read The Family Upstairs- I’m a little behind on her books- but I love Lisa Jewell’s books so this sounds awesome!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I’ve had really good luck with hers. I like there’s almost always a strong element of domestic drama (family secrets exposed, etc.).

  3. sjhigbee
    sjhigbee says:

    This is an author I repeatedly see turning up on the boards – and haven’t yet had the pleasure of tucking into her work! Is she particularly dark? This one sounds really intriguing:).

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Her stories tend to be pretty twisty, a bit dark, and usually with a pretty strong element of domestic drama (family secrets exposed, things like that).

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      If you like an addictive, twisty read, I definitely recommend her books. I’ve read 4 or 5 of them now and have loved them all.

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