The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

The Family Upstairs

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.

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Available Tomorrow – November 5, 2019!

I tend to find Lisa Jewell’s novels to be a hit or a miss. And even at one point, I debated whether or not, I should give her novels up completely. Thankfully I didn’t since The Family Upstairs is my new favourite Lisa Jewell novel!

The novel revolves around 3 characters: Libby, who has just inherited a house for her 25th birthday, Lucy, a homeless mother and Henry, the only son of a wealthy couple. The mystery of the novel wasn’t how the 3 characters were linked, but how they would be connected in present day. I loved how each story was unique, but still flowed together.

4 calculators out of a potential 5. So happy that I decided to go for The Family Upstairs. It’s a thrilling ride that you should check out!

Thank you to Netgallery and Atria Books for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.


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