The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell is a dark and twisty thriller that will reel you in and spit you out. Also, the characters are interesting and quite flawed. It is a perfect book for the fall season.

The Family Upstairs by Lisa JewellTitle: The Family Upstairs
Author: Lisa Jewell
Also by this author: Then She Was Gone
Publisher: Atria Books
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Publication Date: November 5, 2019
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Be careful who you let in.

Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones returns home from work to find the letter she’s been waiting for her entire life. She rips it open with one driving thought: I am finally going to know who I am.

She soon learns not only the identity of her birth parents, but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood, worth millions. Everything in Libby’s life is about to change. But what she can’t possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well—and she is on a collision course to meet them.

Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone.

In The Family Upstairs, the master of “bone-chilling suspense” (People) brings us the can’t-look-away story of three entangled families living in a house with the darkest of secrets.

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

This book is classic Lisa Jewell, as the concept is so twisted and mysterious. Readers will have to believe in the possibility that a family can be conned and lured into a cult-like lifestyle. Henry and Lucy’s mother lets the people in, and then the story turns very creepy.

❀ Multiple Perspectives

Told from three points of view, The Family Upstairs gives readers lots of differing perspectives on the events that occur in the book. Henry is a teenager that comes of age during the novel, and while he sees the wrong in his living conditions, he has a hard time finding a way out. Lucy, on the other hand, gives readers the point of view of an adult survivor, which is also quite intriguing. While Libby is the outsider trying to solve the mystery of her existence.

❀ Twisty Plot

The story switches from past to present, and it is a lot to take in and follow. There are quite a few twists in the story and some are easy to predict. That being said, I was surprised at the ending.

❀ Perfect Fall Read

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell is a dark and twisty thriller that her fans will enjoy. This book is a perfect fall read that will intrigue and terrify readers. I am looking forward to finding out what the author has in store for us next.

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.


About Lori

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13 thoughts on “The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

  1. Debra Branigan says:

    I have not read a Lisa Jewell book for awhile, but this has reminded me that I am certainly missing out. Thanks for the review. It’s on my TBR!

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