20220721_184413Synopsis:”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….”


My Review

I loved this audiobook it was so addictive!

I was so excited to see this available on the BorrowBox app on publication day last week. I love Lisa’s books and have been reading/listening to them for years. I was actually intending to reread The Family Upstairs before listening to this, so I could remember all the characters, and what had happened to them. Fortunately it didn’t matter, as there was just enough backstory to remind me of who was who, and what had happened in The Family Upstairs.

It was so good to catch up with Henry, Lucy, Phin and Libby. Most of theΒ  book takes place in 2019, but also goes back to a few years in the past to explain what they’d been up to. As mentioned above it was really gripping and definitely a one more chapter book, especially when some of the chapters wereΒ  short.

I really liked Libby, Lucy, and her children Marco and Stella, but I was really wasn’t keen on Henry, he was so flipping creepy! I also really liked DCI Samuel Owsus, he was such a great character and I’d love to see him return in another book in the future.

There were some very dark things going on in this domestic thriller. In fact I found some chapters quite hard to listen to. They weren’t gratuitous though, as they were definitely important parts of the story and the plot development.

There were six narrators for this audiobook and they were all brilliant, but I particularly enjoyed Hugh Quarshie’s portrayal of DCI Samuel Owusu. Dominic Thorburn’s portrayal of Henry Lamb made my flesh creep every time he had a chapter, and Eleanor Tomlinson’s portrayal of Michael Rimmer was chilling! 😱

Highly recommended on audio!

Book 13/20