Lisa Jewell has been writing and publishing books for well over twenty years. She is the New York Times best-selling author of twenty books and has sold over 10 millions books internationally.
We love Lisa Jewell for her dark and twisty thriller books and could not resist ranking our favorites. Whether you read these books in publication order or not, get ready for a thriller that will leave you guessing until the very end.
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Who is Lisa Jewell?
Lisa Jewell is a British author who has written 20 books during her 25-year career. While she started out writing romantic comedies, she is now known for her dark and twisted thrillers.
What is the Newest Lisa Jewell Book?
The Family Remains is the newest book by Lisa Jewell. It was published on August 9, 2022, by Atria publishing
What are the Lisa Jewell Books in Order?
Finding all of the Lisa Jewell books is not the easiest task. Believe it or not, many of the books have different names when published in the US vs. the UK. They also have different publication dates.
Below is the complete list of Lisa Jewell books. I included both her contemporary fiction work as well as her thrillers. Our beloved thriller writer is a multi-talented author who has written a number of best-selling contemporary fiction books as well.
Lisa Jewell Contemporary Fiction Books
- Ralph’s Party (1999)
- Thirty-Nothing (2000)
- One-Hit Wonder (2001)
- A Friend of the Family (2003)
- Vince and Joy (2005)
- Roommates Wanted (31 Dream Street in the UK) (2008)
- The Truth About Melody Browne (2009)
- After the party (2010)
- The Making of Us (2011)
- Before I met you (2012)
- The House We Grew Up in (2014)
- The Third Wife (2015)
Complete Lisa Jewell Thriller Books
- The Girls in the Garden (2015)
- I Found You (2016)
- Then She was Gone (2018)
- Watching You (2018)
- The Family Upstairs (2019)
- Invisible Girl (2020)
- The Night She Disappeared (2021)
- The Family Remains (2022)
Lisa Jewell Thriller Books Ranked
To me, this is by far the creepiest of all of Lisa Jewell’s books. While I did have some idea of what the ending was going to be, I was not prepared for how creepy this book would be.
I think the point of this was to take the fear factor up a few notches. This book definitely left me wanting to keep my kids a little closer to home.
Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter with her whole life ahead of her until she disappears without a trace. Now, after ten years, her mother cannot stop looking for answers. When she sees a girl who looks just like Ellie, her unanswered questions begin to haunt her.
I love Lisa Jewell. As I read her books I find each one creepier than the last. This book starts with Libby’s 25th birthday when she inherits a multi-million dollar home. She knows that she was adopted at 10 months old but, she doesn’t know the truth about what happened to her family. She is shocked to find that the story that she was told is not what happened to her family.
25+ years ago Henry, his sister, and his parents are living a very privileged life. When he is 12 years old, things change when David moves into the house with his wife and kids with no plans to leave. He is charismatic and alluring to everyone except Henry. The story moves between past and present until the two stories come together and you finally understand what happened in the house all those years ago.
Of all the Lisa Jewell books, this is the one that I was most looking forward to reading. I put it third on this list after much debate. I loved The Family Upstairs and I think in order to get the full experience with this sequel, I think you need to that book first.
The book begins with the discovery of bones in the Thames River that are related to a 30 year old cold case.
Rachel Rimmer is shocked to discover that her husband has been found dead in his cellar and Rachel has to answers questions that delve into Michael’s past. He is connected to Lucy Lamb who is trying to settle her family after leaving London 30 years ago. All the stories come together in a way that only Lisa Jewell can write.
This story is told from three perspectives. A man loses memory and is trying to figure out who he is. Simultaneously, a woman can’t find her husband who has disappeared without a trace.
The third storyline is about a family in 1993. How do these stories come together? I loved this Lisa Jewell book. She has a brilliant way of bringing the stories together with a slow burn throughout.
This thriller starts with Pip a pre-teen, finding her older sister Grace, a young teenager, hurt and possibly dead and/or assaulted in a park in Central London.
The plot quickly moves to “before” the incident. Clare has moved to a flat in London with a communal Garden with her two daughters. Adele and Leo have three girls named Willow, Fern, and Catkin who seem like a collective group of misfits. There is also a gang of kids, a nosy neighbor, and a host of other characters who are all slightly eccentric in their own way.
This book was firmly OK. I’m normally a big fan of Lisa Jewell’s writing, but this one didn’t have me flipping pages at top speed.
The story is about a person who is sexually assaulting women, a girl gone missing, a lonely incel, and a philandering child psychologist and his family. It had promise but lacked the plot to fully draw me in.