04 October 2019

The Family Upstairs

Photo of the book cover of The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
Psychological Thriller
A 2019 Top Rated Read

By Lisa Jewell

Paperback 432 pages
Publisher Arrow (12th Dec 2019)

‘This is my pick of the crop of thrillers out this month … Lisa Jewell is brilliant at creating a menacing atmosphere and this is almost unbelievably tense at times.’ Good Housekeeping

📕My Review

Libby is astonished to discover she's inherited a multi-million pound home in fashionable Chelsea, the wealthiest and most desirable part of London. It transpires she was found abandoned inside the house 25 years ago and adopted as a baby. Now a well adjusted and independent young woman, Libby delves into her birth family's past and can hardly believe what she unearths.

What a fantastic read! I felt every emotion possible as the story gradually gave up its secrets and drew me in. The book's beginning was a little confusing as the main characters were introduced; their backgrounds seemingly unconnected. But stick with it and you won't be disappointed. The strings are cleverly pulled together revealing how these peoples' lives are interconnected. Oh, and get ready for plenty of red herrings and shocks along the way!

Told from various viewpoints, the main themes are ones of betrayal, tragedy, murder and reinvention. It was a compelling read and I couldn't put it down until I'd devoured the entire book. Lisa Jewell has written yet another winner.                 

Book Source: Review copy from the publisher
Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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📗The Blurb

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.

📘The Author

Photo of Lisa Jewell
My first book, Ralph's Party, came out in 1999 and was the best selling debut novel for that year.

Since then I have written and published another sixteen books, from the 'curry and flatmates' novels of the nineties and noughties like Thirtynothing, One Hit Wonder, A Friend of the Family and Vince & Joy, to more family-themed novels like After The Party, The Making of Us and The House We Grew Up In and more recently, psychological thrillers such as I Found You, Then She Was Gone, Watching You and The Family Upstairs, which charted in the summer of 2019 at number one in the hardback charts.

I live in London with my husband, two daughters, two hairy cats, two nervous guinea pigs and a lovely auburn dog. I write every day, a minimum of one thousand words, in a cafe, with no access to the internet, in two to three hour sessions.

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