The Family Upstairs
The #1 bestseller. ‘I read it all in one sitting’ – Colleen Hoover
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'I read it all in one sitting.' COLLEEN HOOVER
'I loved The Family Upstairs!' SARAH JESSICA PARKER
'Really good, gripping. I couldn't bear for it to finish...' OLIVIA COLMAN
'A twisty and engrossing story of betrayal and redemption.' IAN RANKIN
'Rich, dark and intricately twisted, this enthralling whodunnit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect.' RUTH WARE
In a large house in London's fashionable Chelsea, a baby is awake in her cot. Well-fed and cared for, she is happily waiting for someone to pick her up.
In the kitchen lie three decomposing corpses. Close to them is a hastily scrawled note.
They've been dead for several days.
Who has been looking after the baby?
And where did they go?
Two entangled families.
A house with the darkest of secrets.
A compulsive thriller from Lisa Jewell.
More love for The Family Upstairs ...
'My eyes were glued to this book! A brilliant thriller and must read!' HAYLEY MORRIS
'I genuinely struggled to put this one down.' THE UNMUMSY MUM
'You don't read a Lisa Jewell book, you fall into it.' ERIN KELLY
'I swear I didn't breathe the whole time I was reading it. Gripping, pacy, brilliantly twisty.' CLARE MACKINTOSH
'Creepy, intricate and utterly immersive: an excellent holiday read.' GUARDIAN
'I had an unrelentingly pleasurable and thrilling for-God's-sake-tell-me-what-happened sensation in my stomach for the entire read ... Stupendous!' RUTH JONES
'Absolutely brilliant.' SARAH PINBOROUGH
'Lisa's Jewell's The Family Upstairs glitters like a blade and cuts even deeper.' AJ FINN
'I was hooked from the first page.' ALICE FEENEY
'Utterly compelling. Deliciously dark and twisty with characters who live on in your head. Lisa Jewell just keeps getting better and better.' JANE CORRY
'It's absolutely bloody brilliant and I can't tell you much I wish I'd written it.' TAMMY COHEN
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Lisa Jewell’s 2017 thriller Then She Was Gone was a startlingly addictive read. The Family Upstairs strays further into the realms of psychological horror and sees Jewell masterfully ratchet up the tension from almost the first page. We meet our lead Libby on her 25th birthday as she inherits a large home in the heart of London’s well-heeled Chelsea. What should be the start of a happily-ever-after rapidly descends into a sinister tale of wealth-gone-bad, manipulation and abandonment. Told through three twisting narratives, we unravel the disturbing secrets that lead to the discovery of three bodies. Jewell’s complex storytelling glides from past to present so deftly that the anticipation becomes unbearable. Just what is this dream house hiding?
Twenty-five years before the present-day action of this un-put-downable psychological thriller from bestseller Jewell (Watching You), the bodies of Henry and Martina Lamb and an unknown man were found in the Lambs' mansion in London's exclusive Chelsea district. How did they die, and where were the Lambs' children? Three entwined stories provide some answers. Homeless Lucy, a busking violinist, is sitting on a French beach with her son when she receives a message on her phone: "The baby is 25." Lucy's account of her voyage to London merges with that of Libby Jones. Libby, adopted when she was around a year old, is working for a kitchen design company in St. Albans when she receives the news that she has inherited the Lambs' family home. Henry, the Lambs' son, describes his childhood and the terrifying events that changed all their lives when the charismatic charlatan David Thomsen came to stay. Investigating her past, Libby gets much more than she bargained for. Distinct, well-developed characters, shifting points of view, and a disturbing narrative that pulses with life create an enthralling tale full of surprises.
Very gripping, a slight dip in the middle in my opinion but overall a brilliant fiction.
I really enjoyed this read it felt dark and mysterious and the plot kept me turning pages throughout. It definitely lives up to all the hype. I love the author and her writing style I will always recommend Lisa Jewell
Couldn’t put it down!!
Read it in one sitting. Loved it!