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The Family Upstairs by [Jewell, Lisa]


‘A twisty and engrossing story of betrayal and redemption. Reminiscent of Donna Tartt in scope and quality’ IAN RANKIN


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.


The Family Upstairs


At 24 years old Libby Jones is just a typical young woman, working and scrapping by with life’s little luxuries when she can afford them. At 25 years old Libby Jones is informed that she has inherited an almost mansion type house in Chelsea worth a few million. Libby also finds out about how she had been found and adopted as a baby. Not even close to the story she had been told as a child.

Meanwhile in France Lucy tells her two children, Marco 12 and Stella 5 that they have to get to the UK to meet the baby who will be 25 years old now.

The third cog is Henry Lamb, who tells the story of the house his parents, his sister and he use to live in. The privileged lifestyle, wanting for nothing and comings and goings of the wealthy friends of his parents with regular outings with his socialite mother. Then one day people came to stay, just for a little while he is told but life will never be the same again.

This is one tremendous story and it unwound and came together with perfection. When Libby opens the door to her inheritance, it is like walking back into the house twenty-five years ago. Everything is like it was the day it was locked up with the exception of three dead bodies which had long been removed and when a water pipe had to be mended. But someone was in the house, she heard them.

The story unfolds with chapters that piece together how life had been for the family and the drastic changes that were to take over all of their lives. In present-day Libby is determined to find the truth about so many unanswered questions from the past.

This is one mesmerising book that I absolutely adored. Each chapter from the past grew darker with a sense of sheer helplessness for the children as times goes on. I felt so frustrated that I could have burst. How could this happen? Why didn’t someone know? But who really wants to get involved in other people’s business? I read so much of the later chapters with a hand over my mouth, unable to believe what I was seeing, and I don’t mean words. The pictures in my mind were strikingly vivid and real but I couldn’t, not look.

I am bowled over and absolutely loved the end, even the shiver it put down my spine! Just pure magic!

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


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Lisa Jewell was born in London. Her first novel, Ralph’s Party, was published in 1999. It was the best-selling debut novel of the year. Since then she has published another sixteen novels, most recently a number of dark psychological thrillers, including The Girls and Then She Was Gone (both of which were Richard & Judy Book Club picks). Lisa is a top ten New York Times and number one Sunday Times author who has been published worldwide in over twenty-five languages. She lives in north London with her husband, two daughters, two cats, two guinea pigs and the best dog in the world.


Twitter: @lisajewelluk

The Family Upstairs by [Jewell, Lisa]

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