The Family Upstairs

The Family Upstairs

Book - 2019
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Jun 16, 2020

This book is a prime example of why I love Lisa Jewell's work. Pick up one of her books and the game is on; one never knows what kinds of twisted lie behind any closed door. The Family Upstairs is an astounding story - creepy, scary, heart wrenching, confusing at times but it seems to work itself out by the end. Definitely recommend this book

Jun 05, 2020

I loved this book different , a real page turner . I have loved all Lisa Jewells books I have read so far . 5 stars .

May 18, 2020

Wow!! This is one crazy, crazy story! When I thought the plots were dragging, the author would throw in a curveball to shake things up. The ending is definitely well worth the wait!

May 15, 2020


May 07, 2020

Good, easy read. Nothing extraordinary, good concept and story line but a little dry, but overall a decent read.

Apr 25, 2020

Great book! I normally hate books that go from one character to the next with each chapter, and although it doesn't specify which person you're on, it was easy to follow. I really enjoyed this book, so much so that I'm headed to search for another one by this author now.

Apr 22, 2020

Absolutely amazing novel by Lisa Jewel! It is one of those that you can't put down. It keeps you on your toes with each chapter kind of like a mini cliff hanger going into the next.

Mar 26, 2020

Worst book I have ever read. Not sure why I finished it - must have been bored!
You really never who who the author was talking about. The author referred to "she" or "him". Not impressed at all!!!

Mar 14, 2020

4 star read. I really enjoyed this book and found it an easy and engrossing read. Libby Jones turns 25 and gets an inheritance, a big old mansion in the best part of Chelsea in London. Visiting the house, it is a shambles, old and crumbling but with hints of its glorious past. But other people have been waiting for her to turn 25 and as she meets them, she starts to piece together her past and what happened in the house. A very good read.

Tigard_DeidraM Mar 10, 2020

Definitely a page-turner! The alternating point of views that change from chapter to chapter slowly open up the suspenseful story. Kept me up way past my bedtime for several nights because I had a hard time putting it down!

Mar 09, 2020

I could not put this book down and found the story and its characters fascinating. Three separate narrations of the suspenseful plot all wove together perfectly in the end and I found all of them equally interesting. I will read more by this author.

Mar 06, 2020

Ellie recommend

loonylovesgood Feb 10, 2020

I just can't get enough of Lisa Jewell's books. Her stories instantly draw me in and then I always lose sleep, staying up into the wee hours of the morning because I can't stop reading. This book was no exception. It was a slightly bizarre, but captivating story. I'm waiting for one of her books to be made into a movie or Netflix series one day!

STPL_JessH Feb 08, 2020

Well, The Family Upstairs is fabulous! This is one of those page turners, can't put down, "don't bother me while I'm reading," books! I have read Lisa Jewell's work before and really enjoyed the way she approaches mysteries. I was really impressed by the twists and turns in the narrative. At first, it was a bit confusing with various voices and time periods, but the story quickly came together and I was absolutely hooked. This is a tale of dark obsession with unreliable narrators that leave the reader wanting more. I highly recommend this one!

JCLLisaH Feb 03, 2020

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewel is a well-written thriller that not only contains a mystery but is also loaded with lots of family drama.
Libby Jones, who at age 25 is happy with her simple life, working to sell kitchen remodels, finds herself pulled into discovering her past when she inherits a $7 million dollar home from her biological parents who died in a suicide pact when she was 10 months old. Told from many characters’ perspectives, we learn that the Chelsea house in London has a history that is dark and disturbing. The book continually switches between the past and present, dropping juicy clues right and left, leaving you to figure out what happened to the family that lived there and how and why Libby was left alone in a crib the day her parents died.
This is the second Lisa Jewell book I have read (following Then She Was Gone – which I loved) and I can honestly say The Family Upstairs does not disappoint. After a slow start, the pace picks up and really takes off. The development of the characters is top-notch, to the point of where you can understand their perspectives and experiences and why they made the choices they did. The story line is not predictable and I found myself genuinely surprised at many points throughout the book. I always love a book that I can’t put down and keeps me thinking about long after I’ve finished, and The Family Upstairs did that for me.

Jan 27, 2020

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell is one messed up story. But in a good way. What happened in the house 25 years ago is just creepy and weird. Lisa did a great job of highlighting how one person or two can manipulate weaker minds into submitting to what they want, creating a cult like setting. How it affected the children is also interesting. There are a few twists and revelations and the book left me with some questions and wanting more. Very well done and well worth my time.

Jan 26, 2020

Very enjoyable read. Starts out a little slow but keeps building to the twists at the end. Overall all fast, enjoyable read.

Jan 17, 2020

Another amazing tale from Lisa Jewell! This doesn't disappoint - it messes with your head, strong characterization and a great simple to follow plot with lots of twists and turns. Had me guessing until the very final pages.

Jan 10, 2020

An intriguing novel interwoven with dark and mysterious pasts of the characters.

JCLKariE Jan 07, 2020

Imagine living in a beautiful house in Chelsea with your family then strangers start moving in, taking over, and imposing drastic rules. Next thing you know, your family has nothing and a man you don't know controls your life. Fast forward to present day where a woman, her two children and dog are living on the streets of Nice, France playing the fiddle for food. Back in London, Libby has turned 25 and inherited the house on Cheyne Walk, Chelsea worth millions of pounds. These three alternating voices and time periods are the only way to tell this story. Putting the pieces together will leave you breathless until the very end. The characters are richly drawn and flawed. Lisa Jewell has a gift for twisty, dark, fantastic stories.

Dec 30, 2019

This was one of the best books I read this year. I really enjoyed the author's writing style that kept you in suspense to the very end. I highly recommend this novel.

Dec 26, 2019

Amazing characters and amazing story line. Kept me engaged and wanting more - couldn't put it down.

JCLHeatherC Dec 22, 2019

Similar to 'Then She Was Gone' in that it was somewhat predictable and the ending felt rushed.

Dec 21, 2019

Absolutely loved it, couldn't put it down. Great story, well told, engaging and delightfully suspenseful. A pleasure!

Dec 16, 2019

EXCELLENT STORY! Many twists and turns in this sad story of child abuse and the results of on the children in their adulthood! the characters are well written, you feel sympathy for their struggle but also understand why they do what they do. Its also a great read, filled with hope. Many twists and turns, many surprising! A great read from Jewel!

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