The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell | Review

The Family Upstairs| Lisa Jewell| Atria BooksPub: November 5, 2019| Pages: 340

This was actually my first Lisa Jewell book, and I’m not mad at this book!

There were so many mixed reviews for this book, I truly didn’t know what to expect! But I was pleasantly surprised. I think the ending really up the star rating for me though!

This book is told in three different POVs and goes back and forth from the past to the present. The chapters were pretty short which made it a quick read.

The scary atmosphere and odd, unlikable personalities appealed to me. The satisfying ending was the cherry on top! Overall, it was a pretty good book. I’ll definitely add more of Lisa Jewell’s book on my TBR.

Thank you to Atria Books for providing me with an electronic ARC of this book via NetGalley. As usual, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions.


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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.

The can’t-look-away story of three entangled families living in a house with the darkest of secrets.


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