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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 30 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....

Prepare to be hooked.

The sequel to million-copy best-seller The Family Upstairs.

©2021 Lisa Jewell (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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"Enthralling." (Ruth Ware)

"Gripping." (Olivia Colman)

"Twisty." (Clare Mackintosh)

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Waiting for something to happen

Overly complicated and also quite an anticlimax.
It was pretty hard work keeping on top of all the plot strands, characters and timelines, especially as you also had to remember what had happened in The Family Upstairs.
A notepad and pen might have been useful to pin down all the dates flying around, as events were slotted into gaps in the master storyline- for this is not a standalone book.
But most disappointing is that, unlike the first instalment, this is not a psychological thriller or even a mystery; it’s a domestic drama.
For despite a growing sense of jeopardy in the first half, it petered out as all the loose ends were tidied up.
Thank goodness everyone was fabulously wealthy and could use their cash to cushion their traumatic pasts.

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Great Follow Up!

I absolutely loved the first book and have really enjoyed this follow up, I especially liked the character ‘Rebecca’ and finding out more about Lucy’s ex husband. Helped to answer questions left by the first book. Would definitely recommend!

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Fabulous

Really enjoyed this, excellent sequel!!
I don’t want to give too much away, but as always with Lisa’s books… expect the unexpected.

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Well worth the wait

Waited patiently for this second book to be released. Absolutely loved it and as good as, if not better, than first book. Love this author, I’ve got no more of her books to read now….waiting for next one to be written

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Didn’t disappoint

Loved the story and narrators , a great sequel to the first book..
I didn’t want it to end

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Wonderful

Brilliant sequel to 'The family upstairs'. Absolutely perfect in every way....if, like myself, you were left wanting more at the end of the previous book then you absolutely need to read this. Loved it !

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The perfect sequel

I laughed. I cried. It was amazing. I didn’t know Lisa Jewell until the family upstairs and I will be listening to every one of her books now. This was fantastic

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A fabulous sequel or stand alone

Wasn’t sure about a sequel but it’s brilliant, we’ll written, beautifully performed and over far too soon!

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Fantastic

I loved this book, it’s the second in the series and it was great to get back into the life’s of the characters from the last book again, well written and a joy to listen too. Five stars

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Lisa Jewell never disappoints

I loved this book, it wraps up all the loose ends left in the First book The Family Upstairs superbly. It was brilliantly plotted and it was a joy to revisit the characters again and see how their character arcs had developed especially Henry's and I was not disappointed. I really enjoyed the plots twists and turns and the latter chapters brought tears to my eyes and I did not want it to finish. I thoroughly enjoyed the narration. Thank you Lisa Jewell for these two books and your others of course and I can't wait for the next one. Your work inspires me to develop my own writing.

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