The Family Upstairs

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  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • The Family Upstairs
  • Lisa Jewell
  • 19 October 2018
  • 1501190105

About the Author: Lisa Jewell

Lisa was born in London in 1968 Her mother was a secretary and her father was a textile agent and she was brought up in the northernmost reaches of London with her two younger sisters She was educated at a Catholic girls Grammar school in Finchley After leaving school at sixteen she spent two years at Barnet College doing an arts foundation course and then two years at Epsom School of Art Design studying Fashion Illustration and Communication.She worked for the fashion chain Warehouse for three years as a PR assistant and then for Thomas Pink, the Jermyn Street shirt company for four years as a receptionist and PA She started her first novel, Ralph s Party, for a bet in 1996 She finished it in 1997 and it was published by Penguin books in May 1998 It went on to become the best selling debut novel of that year.She has since written a further nine novels, as is currently at work on her eleventh.She now lives in an innermost part of north London with her husband Jascha, an IT consultant, her daughters, Amelie and Evie and her silver tabbies, Jack and Milly.Lisa s Facebook page


The Family UpstairsFrom the New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone and Watching You comes another page turning look inside one family s past as buried secrets threaten to come to light 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 In The Family Upstairs, the master of bone chilling suspense People brings us the can t look away story of three entangled families living in a house with the darkest of secrets. Best Read Kindle ePUB The Family Upstairs By Lisa Jewell – scottishhomebakingawards.co.uk

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10 thoughts on “The Family Upstairs

  1. Dita says:

    HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY 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 anythingthis 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 it o HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY 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 anythingthis 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 ti...

  2. Chelsea Humphrey says:

    BOTM pick for November 2019It 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...

  3. Maureen says:

    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 present, this compelling family drama begins with th 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 present, this compelling family drama begins with the previous owners of the house The Lamb s are a wealthy couple with two children, Henry and Lucy After allowing a charismatic stranger named David and his family to move into their home, their lives will be turned completely upside down, because David isn t nearly as charming as he appears to be He s definitely a Svengali figure and will soon have the family under his spell, all except for Henry he isn t falling for David s charms, not one little bit A disturbing, chilling and complex narrative results i...

  4. Colleen Hoover says:

    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 reading the book club book, Ashleigh told me I m a d 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 reading the book club book, Ashleigh told me I m a disgrace to book club, Holly said I ve had three warnings already and, well, let s just say I m no longer part of book club Which is aw...

  5. Meredith says:

    3.5 stars The 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 muchNeedless 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 knowabout her birth parents and why she is the sole he The 3.5 stars The 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 muchNeedless 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 knowabout her birth parents and why she is the sole heir to a large fortune She begins to investigate, and ...

  6. Paromjit says:

    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 suicide, but strangely they find a 10 month old b 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 suicide, but strangely they find a 10 month old baby alive and well cared for, Serenity Lamb, who is later to be adopted There were rumours of other children residing at the place but no trace of them has ever been uncovered In the present, it is Libby Jones 25th birthday, her ordinary life of working in sales of designer kitchens, living under tight financial straits in her small flat, is to be rocked when out of the blue she learns she is the sole inheritor of a large Ch...

  7. Mary Beth *Traveling Sister* says:

    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 als 2.5 stars ro...

  8. Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    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 dysfunctional families who have unresolved issues So 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 t...

  9. Dorie - Cats&Books :) says:

    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 beginning I actually took notes to keep the character 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 beginning I actually took notes to keep the characters ...

  10. Kaceey says:

    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 Libbythis new inheritance thing may just change up your original life pl 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 Libbythis new inheritance thing may just change up your original life plan Maybe there s a great dealto discover here than just an old house.Told from several POV and timelines From the start I had difficulty keeping it all straight, never coming together as much as I hoped.I ve been reading all of Lisa Jewels books and always look forward to their release every year, but I have to say this might be my least favorite.But I m still a committed Lisa Jewell fan and anxiously await her next release A buddy read with Susan...