The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

The Family Upstairs

You thought they were just staying for the weekend. They looked harmless enough – with only two suitcases and a cat in a wicker box. But soon things turn very, very dark. It happens slowly, yet so extraordinarily quickly. Now you and your sister must find a way to survive…

Details The Family Upstairs

TitleThe Family Upstairs
Release DateAug 8th, 2019
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Family Upstairs

  • Maureen
    Imagine inheriting an eight bedroom property in London’s SW3 - in the heart of Chelsea - it’s an area of multi million pound homes - well let’s face it, you’d be over the moon to say the least. This wonderful inheritance is Libby Jones 25th birthday present, but the house (or mansion to be precise) is pretty dilapidated, and it has a very sinister past too.Told from the points of view of Libby, Lucy, and Henry, in both the past and presen...
  • Dita
    432 engrossing pages of pure psychopathic heaven and I read every one of them in the last 10 hours. I have been walking around our house all day resenting anyone who needed me for anything...this book is THAT good. We're ordering pizza tonight. Sorry, not sorry.Don't worry if, as you start this, you feel a little confused by the introduction of different characters and different time periods, it only feels like you don't know what's going on and ...
  • Paromjit
    Lisa Jewell ventures into horror infested psychological thriller territory in this disturbing and unsettling novel. 25 years ago in Chelsea, London, the police enter 16 Cheyne Walk, the mansion of the wealthy Lambs, the home of the famous Martina, wife, model and mother, with her young children, Henry and Lucy. What they discover is the dead, decomposing bodies of the Lamb parents, and that of another mystery man, with a note that suggests a cult...
  • Kaceey
    Well, it looks as though I may be in the minority on this one!Libby is shocked after being notified she’s just inherited a massive house. One that comes with a mysterious and tragic history. Libby was found abandoned as a baby in this home. Having been adopted, Libby has since blossomed into a 25 year old, well-adjusted, content young lady. Anxious to keep her life moving along on the timetable she’s set for herself. Well, Miss Libby...this n...
  • Susanne Strong
    3 Stars.Creepy and Disturbing. Par for the Course with Lisa Jewell, Right?! The Past: Houseguests. They are never pleasant. Unless they are temporary. For a family living in a mansion in Chelsea, a ringing of the doorbell signals a whole host of changes that influences their entire lives, forever. Call it dark, eerie and downright strange.The Present: On Libby Jones’ twenty-fifth birthday, she inherits a house. Not just any house, a mansion in ...
  • James
    The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell was one of my favorites so far this year. I've read several of her other books, and for me, this one is the best yet. I devoured the book in two chunks, one larger read in the afternoon and the other shortly before bed. I couldn't fall asleep for at least an hour as my mind continued to process everything that had happened in the complicated and messy (in a good way) tale.There are 3 main voices in the novel: Lu...
  • Carolyn
    Eleven year old Henry Lamb and his younger sister live in a beautiful Chelsea mansion with their wealthy and glamorous parents. His life is full of treats and outings and top private schools. But one day his mother invites a young woman to stay for a few days and slowly things start to change until Henry's world is one he no longer recognises. It will all end badly as the police discover when they break into the house to find three dead adults an...
  • Nicki
    The Family Upstairs is a mesmerising,enthralling domestic drama/thriller about brother and sister Henry and Lucy Lamb and how swiftly their young lived descended into a living nightmare after two strangers moved into the opulent home in Chelsea that Henry and Lucy shared with their socialite mother and father. A nightmare that culminated with the death of three people and the discovery of a abandoned ten month old baby in the almost empty shell o...
  • Gabby
    Oh gosh I truly don’t understand the hype this book has already received. I absolutely love Lisa Jewell, I consider her one of my favorite authors; this was one of my most anticipated book releases of the year. I feel like this book was just so uninteresting and definitely my least favorite book from her yet. This might be a “it’s not the book it’s me” situation cause everyone else seems to be loving the hell out of this, but I felt so ...
  • Pauline
    Henry, his sister and his parents live a very privileged lifestyle in a large house in London. When he is twelve years old things start to change. His parents stop going out and stop spending money as readily as they always had. Then people come to stay. Little by little the house starts to feel like it no longer belongs to his family and Henry is not happy.This story has quite a few twists and turns and things are not always as they seem.Thank y...
  • Dennis
    In the last couple of years, Lisa Jewell has been getting a lot of notoriety in the publishing world. Her last couple of novels have been massive hits in both the UK and USA, and I know that The Family Upstairs will be her biggest hit yet. This book sets the bar for the phrase "unputdownable!" The synopsis explains the story well: Libby Jones has just turned 25 and has inherited a house. Not just any house, but a mansion on the block of one of ...
  • Dita
    432 engrossing pages of pure psychopathic heaven and I read every one of them in the last 1o hours. I have been walking around our house all day resenting anyone in my family who needed me for anything...this book is THAT good. We're ordering pizza tonight. Sorry, not sorry.Don't worry if, as you start this, you feel a little confused by the introduction of different characters and different time periods, it only feels like you don't know what's ...
  • Louise Wilson
    3.5⭐ rounded up to 4.There are three stories entwined in this book. Storyline is about Libby, she's twenty five. She had been adopted and has now inherited a large family home from her birth parents. She's about to learn some terrible events that led to her being adopted. Story two is about Lucy. She's a single mother of two children who is trying to get back to Britain from France. She has no money and they are living on the streets. But what ...
  • Holly
    Wow! This is Lisa Jewell's best book yet!! I started it and ended it in no time because I couldn't put it down. I began it before going to work, read it during work when I could, came home slept for two hours before I got up and wanted to start reading it again. Its that good! I will admit that its a bit confusing at first with the different pov's but after 30 pages or so things begin coming together. Three different pov's, a couple different tim...
  • Holly B
    3.5 STARS Lisa Jewell is one of my favorite authors!  I have read all of her thrillers and my expectations were so high for her newest (possibly too high).  I love how she writes, builds tension, and weaves a story.Her books are so easy to read and fall into. This one did seem a bit too long though and I was beginning to tire of the complex plot. It focuses on a highly dysfunctional family and there are a lot of characters to sort out.  It too...
  • Gram
    This is a highly disturbing tale, more of a horror story than a psychological thriller. The action moves between a house in Cheyne Walk in London's upmarket borough of Chelsea and the South of France and between the present day and terrible events that happened 25 years ago. Back then police were called to the house in Cheyne Walk where they discovered 3 bodies, 2 men and a woman, believed to be cult members who had committed suicide. Upstairs wa...
  • Mark
    A book I read in one sitting with breaks to go out in the sun ( kindle taken ) and Irn Bru top ups ( and maybe bikkies too!! )From page 1 it demanded to be read, drew me in and there was nothing I could do until I had finished it ( and what a last line!!!) , this powerfully dramatic story of family life had me completely under its spell from the first sentenceA tale of wealth living in the most luxurious house in Chelsea to sleeping under motorwa...
  • Robin Loves Reading
    In this intense psychological suspense by Lisa Jewell you have three principal characters, Libby, Lucy and Henry. They are each separated by chapters in varying points of view. As you read my introduction to these characters you might be a bit thrown off. Even though they are all principal players, readers will be forced to wait to see how their stories are all blended into one another.Let's start with Libby Jones. She is a resident of the UK and...
  • Wendi Lee
    *4.5 stars*I know this sounds weird, but I enjoy reading books about cults. There's just something so fascinating about what compels ordinary people to toss aside their lives and follow a cult leader blindly, often to dire extremes. There are three stories interwoven in The Family Upstairs. The first is 25 year-old Libby, who inherits a house from her birth parents. She was adopted as a baby, and knows nothing about her birth family, but she soon...
  • Michelle
    It’s Lisa’s 25th birthday. Nothing unusual about that you may say. But she has just inherited a mansion 16 Cheyne Walk in Chelsea. Lisa was adopted as a child. First, she thought it was a joke. But she agrees to see the mansion. Once beautiful, but now lies empty and abandoned and in disrepair.In the past Harry Lamb and his sister Lucy live in 16 Cheyne walks. In the life of luxury with lots of treats and attending private schools. When one d...
  • Kim Fox
    I absolutely loved this book! I love a book that grabs you from the first sentence and doesn't let go. This book did that, and then some! The author kept me guessing, had a ton of twists and gave me an ending that was fantastic! You really can't ask for more than that in a book. The only thing I wish is that people would have stopped interrupting me, so I could have finished this book faster! Thank you to Atria Books, Lisa Jewell and Goodreads fo...
  • Ruthy lavin
    A really good, fast paced read. Written well, and with a gripping start, an intriguing middle, and a great ending - it’s well worth reading if you like a pacy thriller! A definite recommendation, easily worthy of 4 stars.
  • Tracy Fenton
    I'm a huge fan of Lisa Jewell's later books especially the darker fiction (Then She Was Gone, I Found You and Watching You) so I was thrilled when I saw she has a new book coming out on 8th August.The Family Upstairs is probably her darkest book yet (I'm visualising Lisa writing this book in pitch black with a miner's helmet it's that dark!).  It's also quite disturbing, uncomfortable and addictive too as I read it in one afternoon.I saw Lisa ta...
  • Paulette
    I am a huge fan of Lisa Jewell books and was looking forward to reading this one.I have read a few of her thrillers, she is masterful with those twisty plots and strong character driven plots so going into this one my expectations and were very high.This was a very long book, its very complex alternating in several different timelines in the past and present. Libby has turned 25 and had found out she has inherited a house in Chelsea, London it tu...
  • Kate
    How I love Lisa Jewell's novels! The Family Upstairs maintains the very high standards and the result is one of the best psychological thrillers I'm likely to read this year. A very fast and involving read. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.
  • Aliaq8
    Really enjoyed this book.. from start to end not a boring page in sight.
  • Karen Whittard
    The family upstairs is the new book by best selling author Lisa Jewell. Lisa has been one of my favourite authors for many, many years now. To see her completely change the books that she writes from lighthearted chicklit to thriller/crime/family dramas has been an honour. This book is her latest book and boy does it pack a punch. With twist and turns galore, an array of characters, from adorable to abominations, secret pacts, family drama, horri...