Friday Reads: The Family Upstairs

Friday Reads

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Reads! Today I am sharing a few quotes from The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell. This one has all of the elements of a great thriller.

Book Beginnings is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where participants share quotes (the first sentence, or so) of the book, along with initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice, and the rules are quite simple: Grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56 or 56% in your e-reader. Find any non-spoilery sentence(s) and post.


Friday Reads: The Family UpstairsTitle: The Family Upstairs
Author: Lisa Jewell
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: November 5, 2019

Summary (from Goodreads):

From the New York Times bestselling author and master of “bone-chilling suspense” (People) comes another page-turning look inside one family’s past as buried secrets threaten to come to light.

Gifted musician Clemency Thompson is playing for tourists on the streets of southern France when she receives an urgent text message. Her childhood friend, Lucy, is demanding her immediate return to London.

It’s happening, says the message. The baby is back.

Libby Jones was only six months old when she became an orphan. Now twenty-five, she’s astounded to learn of an inheritance that will change her life. A gorgeous, dilapidated townhouse in one of London’s poshest neighborhoods has been held in a trust for her all these years. Now it’s hers.

As Libby investigates the story of her birth parents and the dark legacy of her new home, Clemency and Lucy are headed her way to uncover, and possibly protect, secrets of their own. What really happened in that rambling Chelsea mansion when they were children? And are they still at risk?

Jewell’s novels have been praised as “sure to please fans of Ruth Ware and A.J. Finn” (Library Journal, starred review) and her latest is no exception. The Family Upstairs will keep you guessing until the very last page.

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Libby picks the letter up off the doormat. She turns it in her hands. It looks very formal; the envelope is cream in colour, made of high-grade paper, and feels as though it might even be lined with tissue.


“Yes,” says Libby, rubbing at the points of her elbows. “It’s all a bit bizarre. You see, I was adopted as a baby, when I was nearly a year old. The house in Chelsea, it belonged to my birth parents. And according to the article I was born into a cult.”


I am having a really hard time setting this one down! The mystery surrounding the house and how Libby’s parents died is so intriguing. I have theories, but I am not quite sure.

About Lisa Jewell

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Lisa Jewell was born and raised in north London, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of twelve novels, including The House We Grew Up In and The Third Wife.

31 thoughts on “Friday Reads: The Family Upstairs

  1. Sophie says:

    She was born into a cult? I swear Olivia that I have seen this author everywhere for months and months now so I will have to try her books when … I have the courage because that blurb hints at something a little bit scary and a lot suspenseful!

    • Lori says:

      It is a bit scary, but the mystery and suspense are really what moves the book forward. I hope that you enjoy it if you give it a try.

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