The Family Upstairs (Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition)

The Family Upstairs (Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition)

by Lisa Jewell

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This Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition contains an essay from Lisa Jewell, as well as a discussion guide.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982143084
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Edition description: Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 17
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Lisa Jewell is the internationally bestselling author of eighteen novels, including the New York Times bestseller Then She Was Gone, as well as I Found You, The Girls in the Garden, and The House We Grew Up In. In total, her novels have sold more than two million copies across the English-speaking world and her work has also been translated into sixteen languages so far. Lisa lives in London with her husband and their two daughters. Connect with her on Twitter @LisaJewellUK and on Facebook @LisaJewellOfficial.

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Family Upstairs: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
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diane92345 4 days ago
“Socialite and husband dead in suicide pact. Teenage children missing; baby found alive.” The Family Upstairs is the story of that baby’s journey to discover her roots and what really happened that night. The baby, Libby, is now twenty-five years old and set to inherit the Chelsea mansion where the event occurred. Lucy is a homeless English woman with two children in France. Henry is a rich, but odd, man who is one of the missing teenagers twenty-five years later. “It all happened so slowly, yet so extraordinarily quickly, the change to our parents, to our home, to our lives after they arrived.” All three tell their tales of what happened both before and after the event. The Family Upstairs is a compelling thriller that builds an impressive atmosphere of dread. Everyone but the people involved know something horrible is going to happen. It is truly a can’t-put-it-down book. The characters are so human and realistic that you are forced to read one more chapter until the story is done regardless of what time your alarm will ring. I love the author’s books for their originality in a crowded genre. But most of all, I love that she thanked the “two double vodkas and tonics that saw me through the last three chapters of this book late on a Friday night...Cheers!” in the Acknowledgements. Can you imagine what Hemingway or Poe would write if they thanked their alcoholic muses? Cheers, indeed. The Family Upstairs should appeal to most thriller and women’s fiction fans especially if they like their tales dark. It would not be a good choice for those readers triggered by child abuse. Otherwise, pick up this spellbinding family thriller. 4 stars! Thanks to Atria Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous 10 hours ago
Shortly after Libby’s 25th birthday she receives a letter she knew would be coming eventually. This letter would finally answer the questions around who she is. Come to find out, Libby is left a mansion. While dealing with this shock, Libby is unaware that others have been waiting for the day the mansion becomes hers as well. This book was odd. It was a very twisted story and it kept me wanting to know what had happened to Libby’s family, but it also had me shrugging my shoulders a few times thinking “huh?” Overall I enjoyed the story and I sped through it, but I’m not sure it was exactly what I was expecting or hoping for.
QuirkyCat 13 hours ago
The Family Upstairs is the latest thriller novel by Lisa Jewell, which means it's going to do an excellent job of creeping you out. This thriller will make you question the people you know, and think twice before trusting anybody too closely ever again. It all started with one house. First, it was one family, being kind enough to invite a guest in until she was back on her feet. Then more came. Twenty-five years later, the mystery of what happened to all of the family members or children still hasn't been answered. “She compromised on everything in the end to find a place that was close to her job and not too far from the train station. There was no gut instinct as she stepped across the threshold; her heart said nothing to her as the estate agent showed her around.” The Family Upstairs was described as a 'bone-chilling thriller' and boy, did it live up to that description. I was on the edge of my seat, trying to figure out the mystery of this infamous house. There are so many disturbing elements that Lisa Jewell managed to weave into this single novel, it's almost too much to handle. This novel is split into two timelines. One is set in the past, and slowly reveals what happened in the house in question – and right away began giving us an idea as to what happened to the teenagers within. And then there's the present, twenty-five years later, following the baby girl who was born inside the house – and left with dozens of questions. The pacing seemed to wax and wane, with intense moments followed by a bit more of a lulling sense of security. It was an interesting combination and applied in such a way as to feel like there was always something set to happen shortly. This is one of those thrillers where you'll find yourself trying to put together the pieces of the puzzle before the dramatic reveals and thus will prove your emotional connection to it. It was fun trying to figure it all out beforehand, and I actually think I did a pretty good job of anticipating the reveals; that can be good or bad, depending on your viewpoint. The complex set of characters made for an electrifying story, with each and every one of them having a complicated history and reason for caring about the house – and everything that it represented. There are plenty of questions raised about the characters, though naturally some more than others. I'll confess that this wasn't my favorite thriller out there, though I did enjoy it on the whole. It was fascinating and full of curiosities, not to mention dozens of questions about what happened. And thus it kept my interest throughout the novel.
Amanda_Dickens 15 hours ago
I am pleasantly surprised by this book. I like going into a thriller knowing very little about it. I don't even want to know what others think about it. I like to have my own thoughts and opinions before someone else's can sway my own. This book has you wondering what the heck is going on from the very start. You have no idea how the characters are related and you have to figure it out along with the main character. The author does a great job with character development, especially when there are so many different character in play throughout different timelines all being shared at the the same time. It is very complex at times but it all works out eventually as you figure it out for yourself with clues given about each character. This book is atmospheric! I felt like I could reach through my mind's eye and just touch the house. It is creepy yet not too scary. The pacing was slower than what I normally like but it was steady throughout which made it still comfortable to read. Book that go fast and slow inconsistently feel like a bad roller coaster no one wants to ride. The plot line was solid and well thought out. I would love to see how the author was able to keep track of everything while writing the book. But, having typed that, I never really thought about the author while I was actually reading it which is a great compliment. All in all, I highly recommend this book and it will be in my top ten this year.
CLynnT 18 hours ago
Lisa Jewell’s new thriller has all the elements I enjoy. Being stuck in America, I love to read thrillers based in the UK. These books allow me to live like a local: enjoy the tea and biscuits, walk along the river, view the architecture and wear the fashions. In addition to this inexpensive form of travel, Lisa’s story is one we all envy: the young protagonist Libby has just learned that she’s the sole heir to a beautiful mansion located in London’s Chelsea neighborhood. What’s not to envy, right? Throw in a dash of intrigue: our new heiress learns her mansion comes with a sordid history that very much involves her. Meet Lucy, a homeless mother of two who is struggling to get out of France. Her wisdom and love for her children are obviously much sharper than her judgment in men. Mix in a very unstable third-person point of view (what’s the deal with Henry?), and voila! A storyline that grabbed me by the ear and drug me through the sordid and sad childhoods of four young children as they watch their parents fall under the spell of a cult-like evil manipulator. This is such a fast-paced and fascinating read, a really well-planned plot that kept my attention at each turn. I was beyond worn out but sad to reach the end. (I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks so much to Atria Books and NetGalley for making it available.)
Anonymous 23 hours ago
Lucy has just turned 25-years old, and because of this special birthday, she receives a letter from the law officer her parents used before they died. With this letter, Lucy learns of her adoption history (well, some of it), along with the fact that she’s inherited a huge house on the most expensive street, in the most expensive part of London. It turns out that Lucy’s family had quite the mystery about their lives, and especially, their deaths. When Lucy turns to the journalist who seems to have more facts than anyone else, the two of them go on a quest to find Lucy’s true past. I’ve read other books by Jewell, but have to say this is probably my favorite of hers so far. I had some problems with the very end, but not enough to deter me from recommending it. A page turner---the old school gothic types that I love best! NOTE: Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to read the advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Persephonereads 1 days ago
4.75 stars out of 5 stars I would like to thank Netgalley and Atria Books for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Libby Jones was adopted as a baby and for her whole life she has wondered her she really is. Shortly after her 25th birthday Libby receives a letter she has been waiting her whole for for. She will finally know where she comes from. Her life has not been horrible but she has never known who she truly is. However, opening the letter leaves her with even more questions. What she knows is that twenty five years ago police were called to a house at 16 Cheyne Walk complaining of a baby crying. What they found was three dead bodies from a murder suicide and evidence of a cult. Though there were reports of children being seen going in and out none of the children were there except for one baby girl by the name of Serenity Lamb, aka Libby Jones. As we flash back to the past as Henry tells us in first person the events that led up to the demise Libby's birth parents. We also hear from Libby and Lucy, both in third person. This is a really well written mystery that will make it almost impossible to put down.
Shoeguru 1 days ago
I really liked this book. The story was well thought out and imaginative. I loved the mystery and suspense throughout. I love that the book was told from multiple viewpoints that came at the story from different sides. I was kept guessing which I love. I liked the creepy mansion and the cult references. This was truly different from other books that I have read. Lisa Jewell is truly an original and a pioneer in her field. Her work is always superb and dynamic. Thanks for the ARC, Net Galley.
SharoninAZ 2 days ago
I read a lot, usually starting a new book every two or three days. But once I started reading Lisa Jewell's new novel The Family Upstairs, I didn't stop until I read the very last word, some 5 or 6 hours later. I loved it! I was absorbed by the narrative and how various points of view would finally come together. The POVs start with Libby, who has just turned 25, and learned that she has been left a multi-million dollar (deserted) house in Chelsea that was once owned by her birth parents. All she knows of them is that they were involved with some "cult" and were found dead in an apparent suicide pact along with an unknown man when Libby was just an infant. The next character we meet is Lucy, a woman living hand-to-mouth in the south of France along with her two small children. Lucy's connection to Libby isn't revealed until the final quarter of the novel. And finally, we meet Henry, whose story is taking place in the past. It begins with Henry as a young schoolboy living with his sister and parents in an opulent house in Chelsea. They're living a good life of wealth and privilege when his mother invites a couple of strangers into their home. These strangers are quickly followed by another strange couple with two children, and Henry's life is suddenly turned upside down. It's clear that Henry's childhood home is the home that Libby has inherited, but what his relationship is to Libby and how Lucy fits in are the mysteries that Jewell so deftly tells in The Family Upstairs. Jewell weaves an intriguing story, and brings Lucy, Libby, and Henry to life. As their lives and various storylines build to convergence, Jewell throws in myriad twists and turns. She is a talented author, and I think this was her best to date. The Family Upstairs is a psychological thriller that I highly, highly recommend. My sincere thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for providing me with an electronic ARC in return for an honest review.
Anonymous 2 days ago
Libby Jones, age 25, has just received a letter from a solicitor. She is the sole beneficiary of a trust which is a large home in Chelsea worth 6-7 million pounds. Libby knows that she was adopted when she was a baby. That was when her birth parents were found dead and her teenage brother and sister missing. Libby was found unharmed in her crib. At the time, her name was Serenity and her adoptive parents renamed her. Libby’s father, Henry Lamb, had inherited the Chelsea home and all of his father’s money. He spent and spent until it was all gone. One day, a woman named Birdie comes to stay in their home to use it as a backdrop for a musical video. Libby and her brother are suspicious of Birdie because she acts strangely. Next thing you know, a man named David arrives and everything changes. This is a book that is OK. The characters were difficult to keep up with. How someone could get into a fix like this is truly quite mind-boggling. Of course, there are really weak people out there, so who knows? I have enjoyed other books by Lisa Jewell and admire her writing. This one was a bit meh for me though. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Christy41970 2 days ago
The family upstairs completely captivated me. I read it in two days because I just couldn't stop reading. I wanted to know what in the world happened to this seemingly normal family to cause them to go from normal to bizarre and from bizarre to dead. From the outset, we know that Libby was adopted before she was a year old. She knows the circumstances of her adoption. Her parents died in a murder suicide in their home in Chelsea. On her 25th birthday, she inherits that home. Of course, she's in shock. Who wouldn't be? You're a 25 year old woman selling kitchens one moment and the next, you own a house worth millions. A house full of secrets and darkness...questions that have never been answered came from that house. But that is just the beginning. This story is told from the perspectives of Libby and her unknown siblings Lucy and Henry. I don't want to tell you too much about Lucy and Henry because "Spoilers, Sweetie." Lucy and Henry were gone when their parents and an unknown male were found at least 3 days after their death in a house with a baby who had clearly been cared for during that time, And the once opulent house was basically bare. Right away, you know Lucy and Henry are going to have some serious issues. You have to read The Family Upstairs to find out not only what happened in that house but also where Lucy and Henry have been and what their lives are like as a result. The Family Upstairs is great if you are a fan of psychological thrillers. It's got lots of crazy circumstances, and there were several twists that I didn't see coming. The book leaves you with several questions, but I guess that is good. You can deduce from the novel what you think is going to happen. It definitely left me thinking!
singingshauna 2 days ago
It is very well written. You.Just.Want.To.Keep.Reading. I kept a note book and pen close at hand as I started reading this novel. I just kept track of the names of the folks and how they were connected. It helped a lot as there are many names. Jewell has written another bestseller. Thanks to NetGalley and publisher for ARC.
Anonymous 2 days ago
The Family Upstairs is an absolutely wild ride of a story. In my opinion, Lisa Jewel writes mystery/suspense novels unlike any other with a distinct, unique style of writing and plot formation. This story is no different. The Family Upstairs is a creepy, twisted, consistently surprising story about a family who has drawn unexpected visitors to their home years ago. Visitors who never left and had less than honorable intentions in mind, but were welcomed nonetheless, and their lives were all unalterably changed. The story follows various characters and slowly pieces together what actually took place all those years ago, and what has transpired since. In characteristic Lisa Jewel style, the story concludes nicely, yet also ends with a breath-catching cliffhanger. This story is interesting and puzzling, chilling and disturbing, and I’ll admit, while captivated, I was also put off by some parts, to be sure. However, The Family Upstairs is a clearly clever and creatively entertaining story, without a doubt.
Fredreeca2001 2 days ago
Libby finally receives a letter about her inheritance. She is hoping to get some answers to several questions about her life. Why she was left alone as a baby? What happened to her parents? Her brother and sister? This novel is told in three voices. Libby, Lucy and Henry. Libby is searching to find out who she is. Then, there is Lucy. I don't even know where to begin with her. Her life is just messed up. And finally, Henry. Henry is more of an enigma. The experiences these kids had growing up really changes their course in life. Well! This book is insane! It is insanely good! Let me tell you! There are so many twists and turns and manipulations. As a reader, you don't know who is who or what is what! I fell right into the spell of Libby and her situation. I did not want to put this book down. I was completely captivated, mesmerized, enthralled by this story! DO NOT MISS THIS ONE Y'ALL! I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review. I also received a copy at Book Expo 2019.
labmom55 2 days ago
Lisa Jewell’s books do a good job of keeping the reader off kilter, especially at the beginning. At the age of 25, Libby learns she has inherited a house. Not just any house, but a mansion in Chelsea, London worth millions of pounds. The house has been vacant for the past 24 years, ever since her parents killed themselves in a suicide pact and left her to be found. What was never determined was what happened to the other people, including her siblings, supposedly also living in the house. The book moves along at a rapid clip. The book is told from the viewpoints of Libby, Lucy and Henry. Lucy is a mother of two young children, living in Nice and basically homeless. And we hear the backstory of the residents of the house from Henry, the teenage son . Henry is a delightfully creepy person, the kind that just gives you the shivers. In fact, you’ve got a whole cast of odd and disturbing characters. This is one of those books I didn’t want to put down. I was anxious to see how it was all going to come together. My thanks to netgalley and Atria Books for an advance copy of this book.
Kris601 2 days ago
I was excited to read this book because I'd read so many great reviews of Lisa Jewell's books. When I read the description of this one, it sounds like a book I would enjoy and boy, did I ever enjoy this! Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. When I did have to stop reading, I wanted to get back to the book as quickly as possible. We are first introduced to Libby Jones, a young woman living in St Albans, England who just turned 25. She's got her own flat and a job at a kitchen design company. She receives a mysterious letter from a solicitor claiming she inherited an old mansion in Chelsea on Cheyne Walk. Libby can't even believe her good fortune. How could she possibly have inherited this huge, old house? But this is a house with a dark, mysterious past. Years ago, a baby girl was found upstairs, alive and well, by police investigating a multiple suicide at the house. Libby needs to find out her connection to this house and the people who occupied it a quarter century ago. Lisa Jewell weaves together a dark family mystery/gothic thriller. I was a little confused at first because the story is told through three different POV's. It took me a little while in the beginning to get into the story because of the multiple characters. Once all the three separate stories began to take shape, I was hooked.. This is a twisty, dark tale and I will definitely be reading more of Lisa Jewell's books in the future! I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great mystery that will keep you engaged until the last page! Thank you so much to Atria Books and NetGalley for my copy!
Ms-Hurst 2 days ago
A lot here to like. The story weaves back and forth between narrators and time. Libby knows she is adopted. She finds out on her 25th birthday that she was not just adopted, but found as a baby as the only survivor in a cult suicide. Looking into it, she finds it is not that simple. There are other children. Missing for 24 years are her family. And there is an unidentified body next to her parents. Then we have Lucy. She is living under an assumed name, barely scraping by. She knows the baby is 25 now and she needs to get back. The male narrator is unnamed, but there is a pretty good idea of his identity. They slowly come together to the same place both narratively and personally. Fast paced. Never got bored.
jnmegan 3 days ago
Those familiar with Lisa Jewell will recognize her penchant for locked doors and secret family connections in her new novel, The Family Upstairs. Jewell has a flair for portraying extreme family dysfunction in a way that carefully treads the line of credulity, given the outrageousness of its complicated plotting. In this book, Libby Jones is Jewell’s main heroine: a strait-laced young woman whose life has been meticulously controlled and planned after a chaotic upbringing by a foster mother who was caring but haphazard. Her organized life is turned upside down, however, when she receives notice that she has reached the age of inheritance from her birth family’s estate. Libby learns that she is now the owner of the mansion where her parents died of mysterious circumstances almost 25 years ago when she was a baby. From the articles she has read, investigators assumed that a suicide pact among cult members was the likeliest explanation, and that there were other children in the house who were never located. She was found abandoned but in good health when the bodies were discovered. What Libby will soon discover is that her acquisition of the house has also spurred others to return to the site with agendas of their own. Jewell slowly unpeels the true events of the deaths in the house through alternating points-of-view from the children who were party to the events. With its many twists and connections, unreliable narrators and biases, The Family Upstairs is an addictive read that compels the reader to willingly swallow largely unbelievable plotlines with relish. The novel could be described as a combination of Flowers in the Attic (by VC Andrews) and Helter Skelter (Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry) or other stories of cults/extreme family-based societies. With an ending that is satisfying but tantalizingly open-ended, Jewell’s latest will provide her fans with some more exciting hours of reading pleasure. Thanks to the author, Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Pokeybooboo 3 days ago
This is my first book by Lisa Jewell. I would read for just a little bit, then put it down until the next day. But yesterday the boss was out of work; never let it be said that I would ever waste an opportunity to read. So I really began to read...and then I COULD. NOT. PUT. IT. DOWN. Apparently it pays to step out of my romance comfort zone occasionally! I just bought two more Lisa Jewell offerings in audio book format. Libby Jones just turned 25, and she finally learns who she really is and where she comes from. She inherits a dark, mysterious mansion worth millions, where apparently her parents, as part of a cult, committed suicide together with a unknown man. Four children who were thought to have lived in the house had disappeared without a trace. Little baby Serenity, now Libby Jones, was the only live person discovered in the house. Libby, together with investigative reporter Miller Roe, begin to search to find out what really happened to Libby's family. The story is told through the viewpoint of three characters: Libby, Lucy and Henry. How are these three people connected? One begins to make the connections, but nothing comes together quite as one would expect. There are many times I was yelling to myself I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING! There were dark twists and turns that I never expected. I was so glad that I didn't give up when the beginning was slow, as I ended up with a story that was brilliantly twisted, and an amazing new author to follow. I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.
Kaceeey 3 days ago
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 Libby...this new inheritance thing may just change up your original life plan. Maybe there’s a great deal more to 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 Susanne! Thank you to Ariele Friedman at Atria Books via NetGalley and Lisa Jewel for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.
Belinda_Frisch 3 days ago
Libby is practical and hardworking; orphaned, and left with a legacy that rears its head when a long-awaited letter from the attorney of her deceased parents’ estate arrives on her twenty-fifth birthday. She has inherited a mansion on the Thames, Cheyne walk, but she isn’t the only one with rights to the property. She has two siblings, both of whom are unaccounted for in the wake of what appears to have been some sort of cult suicide pact involving her biological parents. Henry is a spoiled child, and his story starts in the past, when his affluent parents fall under the spell of some questionable grifters—folks whose “temporary” stay in their lives turns permanent. He is one of the more subtly nuanced characters in “The Family Upstairs,” and he might just be my favorite! Phin is the son of a convincing con man whose hold on Henry’s family takes a dark turn. He is the love of Henry’s life, and everything Henry wishes he could be. Lucy is a single mother of two on the streets, struggling to make ends meet after leaving her abusive-but-wealthy husband. When vandals damage the violin that is her sole means of earning income, she turns back to him in the hopes of securing the money and passports she needs to get back to Cheyne Walk for “the baby’s birthday.” There are other bit players, but these are the central cast members in what turned out to be a rather twisty, dark family saga told in both past and present, from multiple points of view. Each character’s story is compelling and leads flawlessly into the bigger picture. Unnerving at times, uplifting at others, “The Family Upstairs” is an incredible page-turner. I’ve enjoyed Lisa Jewell’s writing before, but this book is next level. Amazing! Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC.
Momma_Becky 3 days ago
I realize that I'm in the minority on this one, but The Family Upstairs just didn't do it for me. It's told from three perspectives, which wouldn't be a problem except that one of those perspectives is written in first person while the other two are in third. I understand the reasoning behind it, but that doesn't change the fact that it was a distraction for me. There are a fair amount of characters to keep up with, but they are distinctive enough to keep them sorted in my mind. The problem is that the story gets bogged down in unnecessary mundane details. I can appreciate well-drawn characters and painting a picture to show where they're coming from so the reader can get to know them, but this goes a little too far with that - so far that the three characters the story focuses on start to drift away from the plot at times. This one still could've been an okay story for me, but the more I read, the more I felt like it just didn't live up to its potential. This book had the potential to be an excellent dark and gritty story, but it's stretched to the point of being convoluted, and that was just disappointing.
TinaLynne 4 days ago
The Family Upstairs was twisty and twisted, and I loved it! The story is told by three narrators, not all of them reliable, and as things unfold, you find out exactly who they are and how they're connected to each other. The book starts off at a decent pace, and I was pulled into the story right away. Just before the halfway point, things just took off, and from that point on I found it difficult to put down. I enjoyed the character of Libby and how she deals with the life-changing secrets that begin to be revealed to her on her 25th birthday. All of the pieces come together slowly and disturbingly through the stories of the past as well as the present until they collide, revealing some shocking revelations. There are some pretty messed up relationships in this story, but Lisa Jewell weaves the tale in such a way that you can understand why these people make the decisions that they do---for love, for money, to not feel alone, or simply just survival! Thank you to Atria Books for providing this ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Janice Lombardo 4 days ago
Libby inherits her birth parent's house at the age of 25. Located in prestigious Chelsea, Libby finds the house enormous and interesting - but in disrepair. Also the garden is quite unusual. She also finds out that her parents may have been murdered along with another man inside the house. Since Libby's brother and sister have not been found (or they may even be deceased) her attorney tells Libby that the estate is hers, alone. Meanwhile, we meet Lucy, relatively homeless, in France. She has a daughter, Stella, and a son, Marco. Along with their dog, the three of them have been living on essentially nothing since Lucy's fiddle - her means of support - costs too much to repair. She receives an e-mail "The baby is 25. This springs her into action to go back to England. After obtaining money from her abusive ex-husband, the three of them (and the dog) start their journey. Libby meets with a journalist who had already done a story on the "historical" goings on in the mansion, but now he wants the inside scoop. And what a scoop it is... An unexpected ending!!! A great summer read. Many Thanks to Aria Books and NetGalley for a rollercoaster ride.