BOOK REVIEW: The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell @lisajewelluk @AtriaBooks

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Publisher: Atria Books

Release Date: November 05, 2019

Genre: Adult Fiction / Mystery / Thriller

Goodreads Average: 4.14   *As of  11/10/2019*


Goodreads Blurb:

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.

My Thoughts:

Well then, The Family Upstairs may only be my second time reading Lisa Jewell but I already consider her to be one of my favorite authors. This book was creepy, atmospheric, and everything I could ask for from a nice slow burn!

The Family Upstairs switches back and forth from Henry in the late 1980s/early ’90s to present which is a woman named Lucy, and a 20-something named Libby. I really enjoyed the different viewpoints, and I loved how doing this built suspense. When Libby inherits the house in Chelsea and goes out to see it, I was instantly transported to how it looked through the way Jewell described it. I could completely imagine it in my mind and I really would love this to be a movie, it would be fantastic!

I do think that The Family Upstairs is a slow burn, and it didn’t get quite as crazy as I thought it would. I don’t know if I am just becoming immune to thrillers or what it is, but it didn’t surprise me as much as I thought it would based on some reviews I have read. However, I still really liked the pacing and it was almost impossible for me to put this book down! Plus there were definitely a couple jaw dropping moments, and one part that literally had me cheering out loud in Lucy’s POV.

Final Thought: I really love the way Jewell writes and the way she brings things together in her novels. The ending of The Family Upstairs was chilling, and there are going to be so many people that love this book. It was full of suspense, and of course it has a gorgeous cover which is always a bonus. And… a poison garden!! Well, not completely, but it did have aspects of the poison garden in The Turn of the Key which was pretty cool. I have no idea where Jewell gets her ideas from, all I know is I can’t wait to read more of her books!

MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

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