The Family UpstairsLisa Jewell

The Family Upstairs

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The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell Book Summary



“Rich, dark, and intricately twisted, this enthralling whodunit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect.” —Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author

“A haunting, atmospheric, stay-up-way-too-late read.” —Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone comes another page-turning look inside one family’s past as buried secrets threaten to come to light.

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.

The Family Upstairs (Lisa Jewell) Book Reviews

Highly recommend!!It took me a second to really dive deep into this book, but once i did, i loved every bit of it!.Score: 5/5

ConfusingIt was difficult to follow each characters story..Score: 3/5

The Family UpstairsAn absolutely great read!! From start to finish it kept me trying to figure out the truth. If u love a good story then this one is for u..Score: 5/5

Fantastic!I couldn’t put the book down, and now I’m sad I am finished with it. Twists and turns aplenty! A fascinating story that just gets better as you go..Score: 5/5

Would recommend 4.3/5This is a decent book. The story is told in multiple timelines by different characters but it isn’t confusing or hard to follow. A lot of the things adds up in the end and the book answers a lot of the questions you have. The writing is very well in my opinion. The audiobook for this is also really good, I would recommend it. If this is your time reading Lisa Jewells books then I would recommend something like “Then She Was Gone” before reading this one..Score: 4/5

Nice ReadThis was my first Lisa Jewell book. I enjoyed the way in which the chapters focused on individual characters. It flowed nicely and was very easy to follow. I particularly enjoyed how everything came together towards the end. I always judge a book’s greatness on whether or not I’d read it again. Would I read this again, no. But I’m glad that I got to experience it at least once..Score: 4/5

👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼Very interesting novel. Very twisted and you don’t really know where the story is going. Kind of reminds of The Glass Castle with the themes are a different kind of upbringing. It would be interesting to see this as a movie..Score: 4/5

Misery fest.This was twisted and horrific.. It went on and on. I skipped to the end just to get it over with. I didn’t like any of the characters or their torture and sad stupidity. What in the world was the author thinking? Too much misery..Score: 1/5

I loved this book!I loved this book! It kept me guessing, kept me “turning the pages” on my phone. Will there be another?!?!.Score: 5/5

Wow just wow..Will definitely be reading more from Lisa Jewell.Score: 5/5

Read in 3 days!Kept my attention 100% but I still have so many questions. I think it ended abruptly and very open to where there could be a sequel..Score: 4/5

Words can’t describeI can’t even put into words how amazing this book has been! I couldn’t put it down and had to read it in two days (mind you I have 3 children) so it was very hard to do. I can’t wait for the next book to complete this story. Well done ♥️.Score: 5/5

Loved itGreat read! Could not put it down.Score: 5/5

Amazing!!I absolute loved this book! Kept you glued until the very end. I loved the different story lines between the characters and how they all tied up. Every time I guessed my own conclusion, I was wrong. A definite read!.Score: 5/5

AMAZINGThis book really kept me on my toes. I read the entire thing in one day! Cannot recommend this enough..Score: 5/5

Could not put it downIt’s been such a pleasure discovering Lisa Jewell. It’s been so long since I’ve found something I just could not put down. And this was it! Well this, and the other novels she’s written so far. Pretty great, Ms. Jewell, keep ‘em coming!!!!!.Score: 5/5

Hard to followToo many characters, too much jumping around of the storyline..Score: 3/5

The family upstairsCouldn’t put it down. Great read.Score: 4/5

Page TurnerAMAZING!!! Couldn’t put it down!.Score: 5/5

No closureDidn’t wrap up the storylines like I’d hoped. Still a good read.Score: 3/5

First book from Lisa JewellThe fact that this book kept me guessing and the ending won me over!! Looking forward to reading more titles from this author!.Score: 4/5

So so good!!I couldn’t put this book down I read it start to finish in one sitting. Absolutely amazing captivating and terrifying.Score: 5/5

Excellent - couldn’t put it down.Suspense at its best!.Score: 5/5

Amazing!!!!This book was one of the best I had read in a long time!!! I read it in about 24 hours and just could not put it down!.Score: 5/5

The Family UpstairsI absolutely loved this book! Couldn’t put it down! Never what you expected! Wow!!.Score: 5/5

Wonderful!I couldn’t stop reading it..Score: 5/5

Couldn’t put it down!Well written, twisty, beautifully sad story. Finished it in two days..Score: 5/5

One of Jewell’s best!I loved this book and finished it in about 2 days; it kept my attention and kept me guessing. However, I thought there were quite a few loose ends or things that weren’t adequately explained by the end, enough so that it could even use a sequel! Great read and highly recommend..Score: 5/5

Spell BindingThis is the second of Lisa Jewell’s mysteries that I have read. They were both books that I could not put down..Score: 5/5

Where have you been Lisa Jewel ?I don’t know how I missed such a great author. Good story; edgy, entertaining and engaging. Enjoyed it tremendously. Highly recommend. Now on to her others..Score: 5/5

10/10!!!Such a good book!! So many twists and turns I’m so sad I finished it. This is the second book I’ve read by this author. She is amazing!.Score: 5/5

Loved it!Great story.Score: 5/5

It’s okThis is one of those books where I needed more. When I was half way through the book I realize I didn’t know what was going on. The book got interesting at the end. I really don’t have much to say about it 🤷🏾‍♀️ . The Family Upstairs is a psychological thriller with multiple storylines, following the point of view of three main character . On her 26th birthday Libby, who was adopted discovered that she has inherit a mansion, from a family she knows nothing about . She decides that wants to know more about her birth parents which sparks an investigation with the help of a reporter. she soon finds out that the mystery surrounding her birth family is more complex than she thought. . Lucy’s a single mom of two children , currently homeless and desperately working to put a roof over her children’s heads. One morning she receives a calendar reminder that “the baby has turned 25”, now she’s committed to making it back home and nothing and no one will get in her way. . Henry, one of the child who was raised in the mansion, shares his story of his family and how they lost everything . ..Score: 3/5

The Family UpstairsIf I could, I would give this book six stars. I can’t wait to read more of her books!.Score: 5/5

Great read!I really enjoyed this book! Each chapter I wanted to read more and more. The ending was not what I expected to happen!.Score: 5/5

Good readIt was enjoyable and intriguing. Great pace and I loved the way the story unfolded..Score: 4/5

Suspenseful!Great read! Could not put down!!.Score: 5/5

Read it in ONE dayThis story is brilliant and perfect for a time when you want to get lost in a different world..Score: 5/5

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Good readVery good book, well written, the end drags a little but is worth it.Score: 5/5

The Family UpstairsInteresting story, if you like a twist this is the book for you..Score: 5/5

A masterpiece among psychological thrillersThe Family Upstairs is a masterpiece among psychological thrillers that you will not be able to put down until you reach the last page. You will delight in its twist and turns, as it leaves you utterly and totally gobsmacked. What I Like The characters are divinely human and drive the plot. Libby is 25 and just learns about her birth parents and their home. She has inherited the home in a very wealthy district of London and now must decide what to do with it. Lucy is a homeless mother trying desperately to provide food and shelter for her son Marco, age 12, daughter Stella, age 5, and their pet dog. When a notification pops up on her phone, her focus shifts to getting her small family back to England, where she was born. And the last narrator is Henry. He provides the back story of the events that led to the birth of the baby that was found 25 years ago in the house that Libby inherited. All three characters are so complex and well-developed that you can easily imagine their choices outside of the immediate picture the story presents. Having three narrators can prove disorienting at first, but all 3 stories are integral to the conclusion and create an element of suspense that carries you through from the first to the last page. The narrators are intriguingly unreliable as they tell their version of their story. Since the characters are so complex, so are their versions of their own stories. They tell us what they want us to know, which may or not be the truth as it really happened. This also builds suspense and leads the plot in directions we cannot possibly anticipate. The plot is like your favorite amusement park ride, full of twists, turns, and sudden stops with a change in direction. And, just like with your favorite amusement park ride, you feel an exhilarated rush when it is over. You will not want to put it down once you start until you see it through to its conclusion. The ending provides the necessary wrap-up but also is very haunting, as you can see outside the picture presented. Questions are answered, but you are left with an unsettling feeling that more questions have developed at the end of the novel. This psychological play makes the story stand out among other books in the genre and elevates it to the distinction of a masterpiece. What I Wish My only wish is that Lisa Jewell keeps writing amazing stories like this one. To Read or Not to Read It is an excellent book for a book club to delve into and debate the psychology, but all will love its complexities. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review..Score: 5/5

FYIAs of making this review I am halfway through the book. If you are a child or just someone who doesn’t like reading about suicide, rape, sexual intercourse, or murder, I don’t recommend this book. It’s a pretty interesting book though, when it doesn’t show what I mentioned before. Okay, I change my rating. It was fun to read and uncover more things about their past, but some of it made me disgusted. I can tolerate some hints in the description that it has some dark things in it, but not when it just shows itself as a book with mystery in it, when it has wayyy more than that. May you please have a description that says the book has sensitive topics?.Score: 2/5

The Family UpstairsOutstanding book! I enjoyed every minute of reading this!! Love this author!!.Score: 5/5

Absolutely rivetingThis is my first Lisa Jewel novel, I hope I spelled her name correctly, and I couldn’t put it down. So captivating from page one, an absolute page turner, excellent to the very last sentence!.Score: 5/5

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The Family UpstairsThis book captured me! I could not put it down. It has a creative plot and is well written. I really enjoyed this book!.Score: 5/5

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Really badPass on this one. Story too long, some big plot holes. Not a thriller, just tedious..Score: 1/5

Great readThis one was so captivating. I had a hard time putting it down and finished it in such a short time..Score: 5/5

Great build up and a dissapoimtinf let downRead this with growing anticipation and interest o my to be let down by a far too tidy ending. “Then She Was Gone” was far and away a better read!.Score: 3/5

BrilliantHard to put down and not overly predictable.Score: 5/5

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