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The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

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Book Summary

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.


Condition: New

Hardcover, Published November 5, 2019 by Atria Books

ISBN: 9781501190100

3 reviews for The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

  1. Chandra

    Told from three different points of view, we get Lucy, Libby and Henry, varying time lines and some twisty goodness. Jewell has a way of making her reads immediately compulsive. The tone is set at the very beginning and you keep turning page after page trying to figure it all out.

    I found myself being initially more interested in Lucy’s story line and not as intrigued with the rest but then that would switch to Libby and then to Henry as the chapters progressed. Each story line becoming more clear with each page and that ending…. oh my. I do love that dun dun dunnnnnn moment for sure. I did feel the ending got a little bit **too** convoluted as we see how the whole story unfolds.

    Another excellent piece of work from this author, who is one of my faves. Honestly, I didn’t feel it ran as smoothly as prior novels I have read of hers. I found myself immediately drawn in, then lost a teeny bit of interest in the middle but then it absolutely picked up speed and I couldn’t stop reading. While I did see some of the red herrings and figured out a few things, nothing came out completely shocking.

    This felt like a blend of family drama/cultish/thriller mish mosh and I think will be a bit divisive within the thriller community. I still can’t wrap my head completely around how I feel about it but what I do know is that yes, I would recommend this book. Yes, it’s Jewell and she’s an autobuy author for me and I love her brilliant mind. I highly recommend And Then She Was Gone and Watching You, but let’s face it – if you like thrillers, you read Jewell. End of story.
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  2. KC

    When I was going into this one I expected something much different. It was good, maybe my second favorite book after Watching You, but like all Lisa Jewell’s books it is kind of odd. For much of the book I had no idea what was going on it. But it finally makes sense and comes together towards the end. Lisa Jewell fan’s should appreciate this one.

  3. Amy

    The Family Upstairs is told from three different points of view; Libby, Lucy, and Henry and in two different time periods. It may be a little confusing at first but it all starts to make sense and becomes easier to follow along with. ⁣

    Libby has turned 25 and just found out the identity of her birth parents and that she has inherited an old mansion worth millions. She gets curious and starts to investigate to try and find out more information on them and the circumstances of her adoption. What she finds out is unlike anything she could have ever imagined! What she doesn’t know is that there are others who have been waiting for this day to arrive as well. So what really happened in that mansion 25 years ago and what do these people want with Libby? I suggest you pick up this dark, twisted, but amazing book!

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