The Family Upstairs – Lisa Jewell

Look at me getting a head start on my November TBR – let’s face it, this always happens then I feel like I’m falling behind again. Coming out next week from Lisa Jewell!

Thanks to Atria Books for the free early copy in exchange for my honest review

THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS – Lisa Jewel (Releasing November 5th, 2019)

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Book Description:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Goneand Watching You 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.


My Thoughts: 5/5 stars

Ever pick up a book and realize it was exactly what you needed? That’s what THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS by Lisa Jewell was for me. A solid way for me to end the month of October – I doubt I’ll be able to sneak in one more before the end of the month 😉 This one was definitely different from her previous books. If you’re a fan of Ruth Ware and that Gothic atmosphere, then you will love this one. She crafted this one and set the scene perfectly.

So I feel like the synopsis gives you all of the information you need before going into this book. I couldn’t believe how addictive this book ended up being. I just couldn’t put it down and I needed to see how the story was going to unfold. We get multiple perspectives in this book and as everything pieces together we finally get the link between them all. The twists, the family dynamic, the dysfunction, the mystery, the character development, the ending – I loved it all!

This one is definitely my favorite from Jewell and I know I won’t be the only one. If you’re looking for a compulsive read and book that you can lose yourself in, then this needs to be on your TBR. I think this is a great one for those new to Jewell to pick up – and if you’re already a fan, then you won’t be disappointed!

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