The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

The Family Upstairs

An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found here.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 fashion...


Details The Family Upstairs

TitleThe Family Upstairs
ISBN9781501190100
Author
Release DateNov 5th, 2019
PublisherAtria Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Audiobook
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Reviews The Family Upstairs

  • Colleen Hoover
    2019-11-17
    My former publicist (she didn't die or get fired, I just changed publishers, so she's no longer my publicist) sent me an early copy of this book. I opened it up the day before book club (this wasn't the book club book) and I read it all in one sitting. That takes a long time, and The family upstairs was really captivating, so I didn't have time to read the actual book club book. When I got to book club the next night, Joy got mad at me for not re...
  • Dita
    2019-05-18
    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 ...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    2019-03-13
    BOTM pick for November 2019!"It all happened so slowly, yet so extraordinarily quickly, the change to our parents, to our home, to our lives after they arrived. But that first night, when Birdie appeared on our front step with two large suitcases and a cat in a wicker box, we could never have guessed the impact she would have, the other people she would bring into our lives, that it would all end the way it did. We thought she had just come to st...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    2019-08-01
    3.25 confused, restless, is it fair enough to give lower points because you’re die-hard fan of Lisa Jewell fan question flying over my head, creepy, oh those guests should urgently get the hell out of the house stars! Personally, honestly, I love this author’s work starting from “Watching you”, “Then she was gone”, “I found you”. She is the master evil queen of thrillers taken place in creepy houses and the characters formed in dy...
  • Maureen
    2019-07-07
    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...
  • Meredith
    2019-09-15
    3.5 starsThe Family Upstairs is a compulsively readable psychological thriller that features multiple storylines, three POV’s, an unreliable narrator, a sociopath, several mysteries, many murders, a crazy cult, a sick obsession, and much more! Needless to say, there’s a whole lot going on. When Libby, who was adopted when she was a baby, discovers that she will inherit a mansion on her 25th birthday, she is stunned. She wants to know more abo...
  • Mary Beth
    2019-08-27
    2.5 stars rounded up to 3 stars.This book was very confusing too me so I am just going to use the blurb as the plot. I thought it was written well. 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...
  • megs_bookrack
    2019-08-27
    **2.5-stars rounded up**When Libby Jones turns twenty-five, she gets to open a letter that has been held in trust for her since she was just a baby. She has been anxiously awaiting this as it contains the identity of her birth parents. Found at just 10-months old, at the scene of an apparent cult-motivated suicide, Libby was taken in by the state and subsequently adopted out to a loving family. Her true past remains shrouded in mystery.Upon openi...
  • Paromjit
    2019-07-16
    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...
  • Dorie - Cats&Books :)
    2019-08-14
    This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019, since I’m a huge Lisa Jewell fan. For me this book was a frustrating read. The four other novels by this author which I have previously read were favorites of mine and I never had any problems with the flow of the story. This book has so many characters, switches back and forth in time and I found the characters, with the exception of Libby, to be unpredictable and not very believable. In the b...
  • David Putnam
    2020-04-09
    Wonderful book. Great writing craft. The story is a slow burn and told in three points of view in alternating chapters. David the antagonist is developed and revealed slowly and turns more heinous with each chapter. Henry, the son is my favorite character. Jewel does a fantastic job developing his character and putting in layer after layer of motivation for what ultimately happens. The book starts out smoldering and doesn’t really shift into hi...
  • Kaceey
    2019-07-13
    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...
  • Dem
    2019-09-30
    Forgettable and Disappointing read that started with great promise but became bogged down with too many characters and a story that went around in circles I started out really enjoying this book as I was intrigued by premise;Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones receives the letter she’s been waiting for her entire life. She rips it open with the excitement of what it contains about her past " I am finally going to know who I am"She...
  • Liz
    2019-10-11
    Lisa Jewell’s books do a good job of keeping the reader off kilter, especially at the beginning. At the age of 25, Libby learns she has inherited a house. Not just any house, but a mansion in Chelsea, London worth millions of pounds. The house has been vacant for the past 24 years, ever since her parents killed themselves in a suicide pact and left her to be found. What was never determined was what happened to the other people, including her s...
  • Deanna
    2020-01-06
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...3.5 StarsAnother intriguing read from Lisa Jewell! A family is forever changed when a woman, her cat, and her two large suitcases come to stay.Libby Jones was orphaned at six months old. She is now twenty-five and has just received a letter from a solicitor. She's been expecting this letter but she's still surprised by what it says. “The house. They’ve left me the house....
  • Susanne Strong
    2019-06-10
    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 ...
  • Holly B
    2019-07-24
    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 t...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    2020-04-07
    4.5 stars!Deliciously dark, creepy and twisted!Lisa Jewell does it again! I loved this highly suspenseful, spine-tingling tale! This author is SO extremely consistent in her writing. She has the ability to suck me into a storyline from the first chapter barely letting me up for air before the last sentence. This book was such a treat and a great escape during these stressful and isolating times. The engrossing plot is dark and disturbing - it inv...
  • Suzy
    2019-10-21
    4 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️What a disturbing, dark, suspenseful and atmospheric story! Lisa Jewell has done it again with the The Family Upstairs. A very unique tale about family history and all of its secrets. Although I’m a big fan of Jewell’s books, I was hesitant to read this after seeing so many of my friends’ mixed reviews. I didn’t know what to expect, so I kept an open mind. I’m so glad I did! The three POVs in the book re...
  • Brenda -Traveling Sister
    2019-10-26
    After seeing some mixed reviews for The Family Upstairs, I was a little worried one of my favorite authors has turned to the dark side in more ways than one. I am so glad I decided to give this a try for myself because I had nothing to worry about. Lisa Jewell continues to do no wrong with this devoted reader. Lisa Jewell is moving a little towards the darker side from what this "Lisa Jewell reader" has come to expect. However, I have moved a lit...
  • Larry H
    2019-11-09
    Dark, twisty, and creepy, I devoured Lisa Jewell's new book in the matter of a few hours.Libby is about to turn 25. She’s thinking about finding the right man, taking the next step in her career, making her limited amount of savings last. Adopted at a young age, she always knew she’d be getting some sort of inheritance from her birth parents on her 25th birthday but figured it might be something small and sentimental, if even that.She’s sho...
  • Gabby
    2019-05-22
    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 ...
  • BernLuvsBooks
    2019-11-30
    3 Creepy, Disturbing and Left Me Off-Kilter StarsAt the age of 25, Libby learns she has inherited a house. Not just any house, but a mansion in Chelsea that is worth millions. The house has been vacant for the past 24 years, ever since her parents killed themselves and left her to be found. The police were never able to piece together exactly what happened in the house or what happened to the other people, including her siblings, rumored to have ...
  • Jen
    2020-02-15
    Distorted; contorted. This was a whacky ride. Another creepy, disturbing one delivered. A mix of mystery, murder, cult, family, and a few weirdos thrown in. Twenty five years later, baby turns of age to inherit the home that left a trail of unanswered questions....and bodies.My only qualm: too many characters to get acquainted with at the beginning. Another entertaining read. Thanks Jewell.4⭐️
  • sue
    2019-11-20
    Yes, yes, oh yes!Manipulation.Sinister.Creepy.Tense.Page turner. Compulsive characteristic tendencies.Realistic characters.And things that twist your mind.It has it all and more.I did wonder how a person could be manipulated so fast. In hindsight, who are we to judge. We can never expect someone to react the same way we might, or, would like to think we might. Right?Because of the way this was written with snappy chapters it was easy to get caugh...
  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    2019-08-17
    This book is a great read! Definitely different. I can’t decide if I’m annoyed or fascinated by it all. I’m annoyed that the owner of the house lose control so easily yet I’m fascinated how people are good at manipulating other people into doing things they don’t normally do. I enjoyed reading Lucy’s life with her children but not so much with her memory of Michael. Her memory reminds me of the book Behind Closed Doors, though I rathe...
  • Aga Durka
    2019-04-26
    I love Lisa Jewell’s books, I read them all, and I recommend them to anyone that will listen. The Family Upstairs is another great book and I am so happy I got to read it over the weekend because otherwise I would have to call in sick to work...I just could not stop reading. I was fully engrossed in the story and there was no way I was able to do any real life chores.A well-written story with Lisa Jewell’s unique style. It is creepy, disturbi...
  • Dorie - Cats&Books :)
    2019-08-20
    ***NOW AVAILABLE***This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019, since I’m a huge Lisa Jewell fan. For me this book was a frustrating read. The four other novels by this author were favorites of mine and I never had any problems with the flow of the story. This book has so many characters, switches back and forth in time and I found the characters, with the exception of Libby, to be unpredictable and not very believable. In the beginning I...
  • PamG
    2019-09-04
    THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS by Lisa Jewell is told from the point of view of three characters: Libby, Henry and Lucy as well as two time periods. Libby Jones has turned twenty-five and receives a letter that tells her the identity of her birth parents and that she has inherited their old mansion in a ritzy area of London.The plot is set mainly in England and France. Twenty-five years ago, the police found a baby and three dead adults in the mansion. The ...
  • Carole
    2019-11-29
    The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell leads the reader astray, chapter by chapter. Libby Jones never knew who her parents were. As her twenty-fifth birthday approaches, she receives documents that she hopes will divulge who she really is. Instead, she becomes the beneficiary of an abandoned mansion along the river Thames in London which is worth millions of pounds. Twenty- five years ago, police were called to a mansion where they found a healthy te...