'Really good, gripping. I couldn't bear for it to finish... I don't want to move onto the next book too soon as it feels like a betrayal.' OLIVIA COLMAN 'I swear I didn't breathe the whole time I was reading it. Gripping, pacy, brilliantly twisty.' CLARE MACKINTOSH 'A twisty and engrossing story of betrayal and redemption.' IAN RANKIN ____________________________ FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THEN SHE WAS GONE 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 new thriller from Lisa Jewell. ____________________________ 'Rich, dark and intricately twisted, this enthralling whodunnit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect.' RUTH WARE 'You don't read a Lisa Jewell book, you fall into it. It takes huge talent to establish a whole world in the turn of two pages.' ERIN KELLY '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. Great characterisation, a fascinating and dark set up and a great conclusion. She's always great but this is next level stuff.' SARAH PINBOROUGH 'Few writers of psychological suspense devise such swift, slippery plots; fewer still people their stories with characters so human and complex. Lisa's Jewell's The Family Upstairs glitters like a blade and cuts even deeper.' AJ FINN 'Whenever I pick up a Lisa Jewell novel I know I'm in for a compelling, immersive and unputdownable read and The Family Upstairs is one of her very best' CL TAYLOR 'This twisty, atmospheric thriller is Lisa's best yet' Bookclub's Book of the Month in GOOD HOUSEKEEPING 'I had hoped to save The Family Upstairs for my holiday, but failed miserably ... I was hooked from the first page. I think it's her best yet and hands down my favourite book so far this year.' 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 'Lisa Jewell is brilliant at creating a menacing atmosphere and this is almost unbelievably tense at times.' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING 'It's absolutely bloody brilliant and I can't tell you much I wish I'd written it.' TAMMY COHEN 'It's SO GOOD!' INDIA KNIGHT 'I loved The Family Upstairs!' SARAH JESSICA PARKER ____________________________ Readers are obsessed with The Family Upstairs: 'I read so many books in the crime/mystery genre that it becomes harder to find a book that stands out. This one succeeded!! Hooked from page one' 'I totally adored this book. All of Lisa Jewell's books are fabulous, but something about this one is extra special.' 'Absolutely absorbing ... thoroughly enjoyed it' 'Kept me captivated from the very beginning ... Definitely worth reading - as long you like reading into the night!' 'Everything you could wish for in a book. I devoured it.' 'Wow!!' 'What a book. Clever would be an understatement. And those last pages left me with chills. The concept had me intrigued and the execution had me captivated. I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!'
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.
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Great story but anticlimax at end
I LOVED this story and finished it within 2 days - the characters and storyline had me gripped from the first few chapters. As I was so into the story I must say I was slightly let down by the ending - I expected some sort of dramatic twist within the last few pages but the story sort of just fizzled out and left me with some unanswered questions. I was seriously hoping to be reintroduced to Phin at the end!
All in all, would highly recommend this story!
Really great story
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it saw me sit up and read it all within a night. I found the story so interesting, a part of me wants to go and have a nosy around the house in Chelsea and climb through that roof. The only reason I gave this a 4 star is that I felt the end was an anticlimax, there are some great twists and turns and you feel a real empathy with the characters, but the last few pages for me were lacking and I was waiting for that final twist or to find out about Phin. It seems to have been written in a way which sets up for a sequel - if this is the case I will take it all back. And I would love to see this story adapted for screen - and the “sequel” - I just wanna find out what happened with Phin!!
Great to get you back into reading. Loved the story line of this book, finished in 3 days couldn’t put it down!