The Family Upstairs
by Lisa Jewell
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Pub Date 05 Nov 2019 | Archive Date Not set
A GOOD MORNING AMERICA COVER TO COVER BOOK CLUB PICK
“Rich, dark, and intricately twisted, this enthralling whodunit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect.” —Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author
“A haunting, atmospheric, stay-up-way-too-late read.” —Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone comes another page-turning look inside one family’s past as buried secrets threaten to come to light.
Be careful who you let in.
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.
In The Family Upstairs, the master of “bone-chilling suspense” (People) brings us the can’t-look-away story of three entangled families living in a house with the darkest of secrets.
A Note From the Publisher
“Lisa Jewell has done it again—rich, dark and intricately twisted, this enthralling whodunnit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect.” —Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author
“Your hands quake. Your breath fades. Your heart wallops your ribs. Medical emergency or Lisa Jewell novel? Few writers of psychological suspense devise such swift, slippery plots; fewer still people their stories with characters so human and complex. The Family Upstairs glitters like a blade and cuts even deeper.” —A. J. Finn, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
“A haunting, atmospheric, stay-up-way-too-late read. I was desperate to uncover all the twisting mysteries inside The Family Upstairs, layer by tangled layer. Eerie, suspenseful, and completely consuming.” —Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls
“I’ve just raced through the brilliantly dark and disturbing The Family Upstairs. Absolutely couldn’t put it down, it’s so good!” —B. A. Paris, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors
“I’m a big fan of Lisa’s books and had hoped to save it for my holiday next week, but failed miserably by devouring The Family Upstairs as soon as it arrived. 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, New York Times bestselling author of Sometimes I Lie
“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, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes
“The perfect poolside read. The perfect anywhere read, tbh. This book is riveting, moving, and out in August. Highest possible level of recommendation.” —Sophie Hannah, New York Times bestselling author
“A twisty and engrossing story of betrayal and redemption. Reminiscent of Donna Tartt in scope and quality.” —Ian Rankin, New York Times bestselling author
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I honestly do not know how Lisa Jewell does it! She is a literary genius! Seriously y'all.. I have read all of her books in one sitting because I cannot put them down they are that amazing. You get hooked in from the very first page. This one was definitely a thriller with so many twists and turns I was surprised at every page! Please, please do yourself a favor and read this novel!!
Libby Jones loved her job, as she was working with selling Kitchen revamps. Imagine her surprise when she was contacted my a law firm. On her 25th birthday, she was to inherit a home that was in trust for her my her biological parents, Henry and Martina Lamb. The Trust was created on July 12, 1977. Apparently her parents had committed a pact suicide. Libby was left in her crib, until the authorities had found her and placed her in a good home. Libby was quite amazed to find that she had inherited a small mansion. So many mysteries to uncover though. Why did her parents commit suicide? Where were her older sister and brother? No one could find them. When Libby was going through the house, she was terrified to hear someone upstairs in the attic. The person was moving around up there and the person even coughed. She rushed out of the house. Who was on her house? How did they get into the house? Why were they even there? She found information related to her parents death that was written by a journalist. Libby contacted the journalist hoping that he would be able to help her rebuild her past. How could a home that was filled with prestige, money, and glamor become so barren and not taken care of. There will be so much work that will need to be done to bring the mansion back to its beauty The author reverts from the past to the present all throughout the book. This builds the intensity of revealing the past and how it affected every individual who lived in the house at the time. Who was the family upstairs? How did they affect the rest of the original family? What really happened? Did her parents really commit suicide? If you like reading about a cult member who used psychological ways to manipulate individuals, and how it affected e everyone in the house you will like this book. There are so many mysteries within this book. It kept me constantly intrigued. The character development was really great! The descriptions of all of the characters was crystal clear and the reader felt like they could really relate to all the feelings and flaws of each person. I really enjoyed this book very much.
I read a lot, usually starting a new book every two or three days. But once I started reading Lisa Jewell's new novel The Family Upstairs, I didn't stop until I read the very last word, some 5 or 6 hours later. I loved it! I was absorbed by the narrative and how various points of view would finally come together. The POVs start with Libby, who has just turned 25, and learned that she has been left a multi-million dollar (deserted) house in Chelsea that was once owned by her birth parents. All she knows of them is that they were involved with some "cult" and were found dead in an apparent suicide pact along with an unknown man when Libby was just an infant.
The next character we meet is Lucy, a woman living hand-to-mouth in the south of France along with her two small children. Lucy's connection to Libby isn't revealed until the final quarter of the novel. And finally, we meet Henry, whose story is taking place in the past. It begins with Henry as a young schoolboy living with his sister and parents in an opulent house in Chelsea. They're living a good life of wealth and privilege when his mother invites a couple of strangers into their home. These strangers are quickly followed by another strange couple with two children, and Henry's life is suddenly turned upside down. It's clear that Henry's childhood home is the home that Libby has inherited, but what his relationship is to Libby and how Lucy fits in are the mysteries that Jewell so deftly tells in The Family Upstairs.
Jewell weaves an intriguing story, and brings Lucy, Libby, and Henry to life. As their lives and various storylines build to convergence, Jewell throws in myriad twists and turns. She is a talented author, and I think this was her best to date. The Family Upstairs is a psychological thriller that I highly, highly recommend.
My sincere thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for providing me with an electronic ARC in return for an honest review.
The Family Upstairs is a crazy ride full of twists and turns and an ending that is SO UNBELIEVABLE I think I am going to have to read it again to make sure I didn't miss anything.
I will admit, the beginning is a little disjointed- there are many players in this game, and different time periods. BUT, it all begins to come together and begins to add up beautifully.
The story revolves around the beautiful Lamb home, which is full of beautiful antiques and furniture. Henry and Lucy Lamb live a charmed life within its walls, and Henry is looking forward to beginning secondary school.
That all changes when David Thomsen, his wife Sally, and their two children move in. Everything begins to unravel and the consequences are devastating for all involved.
I loved this book so much. The ending is amazing and is by far the best Lisa Jewell book I have read. HOLD ON through the beginning as the story begins to take shape, you will not regret it!
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