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Extract: The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell has gripped audiences around the world, becoming a smash hit with readers everywhere.

But what happened next? Find out in Lisa’s sequel, The Family Remains.

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…

Read on for the first chapter of the follow-up to The Family UpstairsThe Family Remains by Lisa Jewell.

The Family Remains
Lisa Jewell


A phone-call from a French number. Rachel assumed it was Michael. Groggy with sleep, she peered at the screen and then let the phone drop back onto her bedside table. What? she thought. What do you want? It’s not even seven in the morning. Leave me alone. Please, just leave me alone.
        A moment later she heard the chirrup of a notification. She opened her eyes and peered at the screen again. A voicemail. She decided to leave it. She couldn’t deal with Michael, not yet. She had not heard from him for over two weeks and the silence had been both liberating and terrifying.
        Half an hour later, Rachel’s alarm went off.
        She picked up her phone and sleepily dialled up 1571.
        ‘Mrs Rimmer. It is me, Joy. Please call me now. Please. It is something bad.’
        Rachel sat up, pulling her pillows into place behind her back, and called back the number.
        ‘Bonjour, residence de Michael Rimmer?’
        ‘Joy. Hello. It’s me. Rachel. What’s going on?’
        ‘Mr Rimmer. Oh my goodness. Mr Rimmer, he is passed away. He is dead. I am so sorry, Mrs Rimmer. I am so, so sorry.’
        Rachel threw back her duvet and jumped from her bed. ‘What?’
        ‘Mr Rimmer. He is dead. I find him. Just now. The police, they are coming. I find him. Down. In the cellar. For five days he was not here and I thought he was away. Maybe come to London. Maybe with his son. For five days I have been here to clean and all that time, Mr Rimmer, he was down, down there …’
        Joy began to sob.
        ‘Joy. Please. Please stop crying and tell me what’s happened.’
        ‘I told you already. He was here. All along. He was dead. Someone killed him, Mrs Rimmer. Someone killed him.’

At first Rachel felt a kind of numb delight. Then a blast of pure adrenaline which made her head spin and her heart pump and had her dancing in circles around her bedroom like a sugar-rushing toddler.
        Michael was dead.
        It was over.

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The Family Remains

Lisa Jewell


    I love all Lisa Jewell books. She is one of my favourite authors I have many books by her and I finish them in a day or two. Well done Lisa, you are amazing!!!

    Gone on to next year’s Christmas prezzie list already with 3 asterisks indicating “most wanted”! Can’t wait!

    As always I’m instantly pulled into the story and long to hear what happens next…. Definitely on my to be read list…..

    Hooked already. I loved The Family Upstairs.. the waiting for this story to continue will be torture!

    Fantastic! Very exciting!!…..I knew he would be found eventually ,
    Yeay well done Lisa. I can’t wait for the rest!!

    I’ve just reread the family upstairs and am so excited for the sequel! Can’t wait!

    Wow, how can we wait until next July?!!!
    Excellent beginning to the sequel… can’t wait!! Thank you!! Now intrigued where this goes… and having just read your comments so are you!!

    OMG!!! I can’t wait to read the rest. Lisa Jewel is my favorite author. Currently reading The Night She Disappeared.

    This makes me want to read it even more! Lisa is my favourite author, I savour every word in her books. I can’t wait!

    Thank you for sharing this with us Lisa. Cannot wait for your 20th book!!!

    Oh my goodness! I really need to read the rest right now!! I’m already hooked and I’m so pleased that the book has opened with Michael’s death. I really wanted to know what happened next with that plot line at the end of TFU. So excited for this book to be released!

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