In the kitchen lie three decomposing corpses. Close to them is a hastily scrawled note.
They’ve been dead for several days.
Who has been looking after the baby?
And where did they go?
Two entangled families.
A house with the darkest of secrets.
Libby has just inherited a house on one of the most exclusive streets in Chelsea. She is only focused on one thing once she gets into the house and this is to find out anything she can about the family she never knew. However, sinister secrets lurk in the rooms of this abandoned house and Libby isn’t sure she is going to like what she finds.
I have loved the direction Lisa Jewell has taken her novels and so I was eager to read this one. To be honest, this one had me from the blurb on the back of the book.
Told from the point of view of Libby and Lucy in the present and Henry decades before, it does tend to jump around a bit but they all have such a distinct voice that I had no issue keeping up with whose point of view I was reading from.
This book really appealed to my love of mystery and it is present all the way through. Just when I thought I had sussed something out, another plot twist would happen. It is written so well and had me obsessed right until the end.
There is not a lot I can do about the plot as I don’t want to give anything away. There are some outright creepy scenes as well as sad and heartbreaking moments. Libby is such an innocent character, I wanted things to work out for her. Lucy is an enigma and an interesting one. I couldn’t quite figure her out. All of these added up to one brilliant novel.
The Family Upstairs really is a unique psychological thriller that had me on the edge of my seat from the first page to the last. Great job, Lisa. I can’t wait to see what you’ve got coming up next.
Lisa’s first book, Ralph’s Party, came out in 1999 and was the best-selling debut novel for that year.
Since then, she has written and published over sixteen books, from the ‘curry and flatmates’ novels of the nineties and noughties like Thirtynothing, One Hit Wonder, A Friend of the Family and Vince & Joy, to more family-themed novels like After The Party, The Making of Us and The House We Grew Up In and more recently, psychological thrillers such as I Found You, Then She Was Gone, Watching You and The Family Upstairs, which charted in the summer of 2019 at number one in the hardback charts.
Lisa lives in London with her husband, two daughters, two hairy cats, two nervous guinea pigs and a lovely auburn dog. She writes every day, a minimum of one thousand words, in a cafe, with no access to the internet, in two to three hour sessions.
Say hi to Lisa on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lisajewelluk
The Family Upstairs was released by Century in August 2019. Click to view on Amazon UK.
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