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The Family Upstairs: A Novel

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4.25  ·  Rating details ·  406 ratings  ·  288 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author and master of “bone-chilling suspense” (People) comes another page-turning look inside one family’s past as buried secrets threaten to come to light.

Gifted musician Clemency Thompson is playing for tourists on the streets of southern France when she receives an urgent text message. Her childhood friend, Lucy, is demanding her imm
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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Expected publication: October 29th 2019 by Atria Books (first published July 25th 2019)
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Dita
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 it only lasts a little while because pretty soon?
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Paromjit
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 ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Admit it, we are all living our best life when Lisa Jewell publishes a new book. If you want to see the gorgeous US cover reveal + author interview HERE!
Susanne  Strong
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 Chelsea. Though dilapidated and vacant, it is a tota
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James
The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell was one of my favorites so far this year. I've read several of her other books, and for me, this one is the best yet. I devoured the book in two chunks, one larger read in the afternoon and the other shortly before bed. I couldn't fall asleep for at least an hour as my mind continued to process everything that had happened in the complicated and messy (in a good way) tale.

There are 3 main voices in the novel: Lucy, a runaway/homeless mother of two; Henry, the s
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Nicki
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Family Upstairs is a mesmerising,enthralling domestic drama/thriller about brother and sister Henry and Lucy Lamb and how swiftly their young lived descended into a living nightmare after two strangers moved into the opulent home in Chelsea that Henry and Lucy shared with their socialite mother and father. A nightmare that culminated with the death of three people and the discovery of a abandoned ten month old baby in the almost empty shell of a once loving family home.

It's also the story of
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Pauline
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Henry, his sister and his parents live a very privileged lifestyle in a large house in London. When he is twelve years old things start to change. His parents stop going out and stop spending money as readily as they always had. Then people come to stay. Little by little the house starts to feel like it no longer belongs to his family and Henry is not happy.
This story has quite a few twists and turns and things are not always as they seem.
Thank you to NetGalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone f
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Gabby
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 disappointed and bored by this book. In typical Lisa Jewel f
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Aga Durka
Apr 26, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
OMG!! Lisa Jewell’s new Book!!! Please NetGalley grant me my wish 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻. I really don’t ask for much 😉. I can’t wait!!!
Dita
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-by-request
432 engrossing pages of pure psychopathic heaven and I read every one of them in the last 1o hours. I have been walking around our house all day resenting anyone in my family 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 it only lasts a little while because
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Holly
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
Wow! This is Lisa Jewell's best book yet!! I started it and ended it in no time because I couldn't put it down. I began it before going to work, read it during work when I could, came home slept for two hours before I got up and wanted to start reading it again. Its that good! I will admit that its a bit confusing at first with the different pov's but after 30 pages or so things begin coming together. Three different pov's, a couple different timelines, a whole lot of mystery, twists, shock mome ...more
Gram
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Maureen
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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 o
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Robin Loves Reading
In this intense psychological suspense by Lisa Jewell you have three principal characters, Libby, Lucy and Henry. They are each separated by chapters in varying points of view. As you read my introduction to these characters you might be a bit thrown off. Even though they are all principal players, readers will be forced to wait to see how their stories are all blended into one another.

Let's start with Libby Jones. She is a resident of the UK and has been aware of a trust that was created in 197
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Carolyn
Eleven year old Henry Lamb and his younger sister live in a beautiful Chelsea mansion with their wealthy and glamorous parents. His life is full of treats and outings and top private schools. But one day his mother invites a young woman to stay for a few days and slowly things start to change until Henry's world is one he no longer recognises. It will all end badly as the police discover when they break into the house to find three dead adults and a baby alone in her cot. Older children were rum ...more
C.L. Taylor
Whenever I pick up a Lisa Jewell novel I know I'm in for a compelling, immersive and unputdownable read and The Family Upstairs is one of her best. The premise - a family whose home life is turned upside down when a charming but desperate stranger (and his family) moves in - is so brilliantly done with David incidiously weaving his way into the Lamb's lives. They have no idea how manipulative he is until they're caught in his web. The story is told from three character's points of view - Lucy, H ...more
Aliaq8
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rated-5
Really enjoyed this book.. from start to end not a boring page in sight.
Ruthy lavin
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really good, fast paced read.
Written well, and with a gripping start, an intriguing middle, and a great ending - it’s well worth reading if you like a pacy thriller!
A definite recommendation, easily worthy of 4 stars.
Karen Whittard
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The family upstairs is the new book by best selling author Lisa Jewell. Lisa has been one of my favourite authors for many, many years now. To see her completely change the books that she writes from lighthearted chicklit to thriller/crime/family dramas has been an honour.

This book is her latest book and boy does it pack a punch. With twist and turns galore, an array of characters, from adorable to abominations, secret pacts, family drama, horrifically sad family pasts and striving for a future
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Cynthia
4.5 stars

Thank you, Atria Books, for this advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first time reading a Lisa Jewell book. I’m certain that it won’t be my last.

I enjoyed this compelling read so much. The beginning chapters were delightfully confusing, prompting me to turn the page so I could finally figure out how all the dots connected. The story was consistently intriguing and the ending, although it initially felt too neat and tidy, proved to be completely satisfying a
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Melissa In The City
From the moment I opened this book, I knew it was going to be one of those never put down, totally enthralled by, ignore the rest of the world while I read kind of books. And it was that and more. This was an unforgettable story written so well and with such intense emotions and strong characters. There were characters to completely love and admire and characters to despise. There were moments that pulled on every heartstring.
This was a pure psychopathic packed story that was completely effed up
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Alex
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cross between Flowers in the Attic by VC Andrews and The House of Stairs by Barbara Vine. This covers some dark subject matters but did not feel as sinister as Watching You, which I was absolutely stunned by. I love stories about houses and this house holds some terrible secrets that are just begging to be let out.
Johnna Whetstone
I almost gave up on this in the beginning and I’m soooo glad I did not, because it’s absolutely a must read for those who enjoy a good mind screwing thriller! Absolutely disturbing, chilling, and thrilling and bloody disturbing, which I love! I can not recommend this one enough, but the darker the better for me! Didn’t find it too disturbing, just thrilling!
Will be highly recommending to those in Chapter Chatter Pub!
Stephani Beltran
Eeeek! Another Lisa Jewell book in our life! Can’t wait to pick it up! ❤ ...more
Julia
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Two and a half stars. I've read two other Lisa Jewell books and I really liked them. I couldn't quite get into her latest, THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS. It took myself awhile to orient myself with the three-person narrative. Then I didn't feel like there was much of a mystery or thriller to it. The book did pick up, though, during the last third, with everything coming together. Jewell tried to do something new but I just didn't think it worked well.
Kristy K
Jun 09, 2019 marked it as arc-tbr  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.
Holly Brown
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of Lisa Jewell. Her characters are layered and well-developed, and the plot twists derive from who they are which means that the twists (and there are plenty) feel plausible. This novel was no exception. I can't say it was one of my absolute favorites in that I didn't feel quite as connected to the characters as I usually do, but the writing was great and I still raced to the finish.
Kat
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow !!! Well this certainly grabbed me from the start as I just kept reading and reading desperate to find out just what happened in the once beautiful house in Chelsea and who would leave a baby and why? There were so many questions in this story and told from multiple points of view and timelines it became a truly compulsive read. Dead bodies, stories of a cult, abandoned baby, creepy house, weird behaviour so what more can you ask for in a mystery thriller and as the suspense mounts it was a ...more
Sheri
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new novel from Lisa Jewell is always an event to be relished. The Family Upstairs is a rather dark, but incredibly readable, tale of abuse, obsession, death, scandal, secrets, and a big house in Chelsea.

Libby, adopted as a baby, leads an ordinary life until her twenty-fifth birthday opens up the past in unimaginable ways. With the help of Guardian journalist Miller Roe (love him), Libby sets out to discover the secrets of her own history. Meanwhile, a woman called Lucy and her children are lit
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Vickie Sarmina
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Libby Jones loved her job, as she was working with selling Kitchen revamps. Imagine her surprise when she was contacted by a law firm. On her 25th birthday, she was to inherit a home that was in trust for her my her biological parents, Henry and Martina Lamb. The Trust was created on July 12, 1977. Apparently her parents had committed a pact suicide. Libby was left in her crib, until the authorities had found her and placed her in a good home. Libby was quite amazed to find that she had inherite ...more
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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 & ...more