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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Watching You by Lisa Jewell

Watching You

Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighbourhoods in Bristol, England; home to doctors and lawyers and old-money academics. It’s not the sort of place where people are brutally murdered in their own kitchens. But it is the sort of place where everyone has a secret. And everyone is watching you.

As the headmaster credited with turning around the local school, Tom Fitzwilliam is beloved by one and all—including Joey Mullen, his new neighbor, who quickly develops an intense infatuation with this thoroughly charming yet unavailable man. Joey thinks her crush is a secret, but Tom’s teenaged son Freddie—a prodigy with aspirations of becoming a spy for MI5—excels in observing people and has witnessed Joey behaving strangely around his father.

One of Tom’s students, Jenna Tripp, also lives on the same street, and she’s not convinced her teacher is as squeaky clean as he seems. For one thing, he has taken a particular liking to her best friend and fellow classmate, and Jenna’s mother—whose mental health has admittedly been deteriorating in recent years—is convinced that Mr. Fitzwilliam is stalking her.

Meanwhile, twenty years earlier, a schoolgirl writes in her diary, charting her doomed obsession with a handsome young English teacher named Mr. Fitzwilliam…

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In the past, I have been in the minority in not really loving Lisa Jewell’s novels. When I read the description for Watching You, I knew I had to read it. I’m so glad I did because it is my favourite Lisa Jewell novel!

The book alternates between Joey, Jenna and Freddie and I really enjoyed each of these characters. It was interesting to see them come together in storylines and how they interacted with the other main character – Mr. Fitzwilliam.

Even though this novel isn’t necessarily creepy, it had just the perfect amount of creep factor. You never knew the full truth about Mr. Fitzwilliam and you kind of got a creepy vibe from him.

4 calculators out of a potential 5. I really enjoyed it and will definitively be getting more Lisa Jewell novels!

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

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