The Family Upstairs
by Lisa Jewell

I’m really sad to say this, but unfortunately The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell did not work that well for me. I absolutely LOVE Lisa Jewell’s other books (Then She Was Gone and Watching You), so I was super excited to read this one; but, I found it really hard to connect with most of the characters (aside from Libby) and the overall storyline was just not my favourite.

This is not to say that this book was terrible or that it won’t work for youbecause it definitely has a lot of unexpected twistsI just prefer books that are a little more dark and gritty, while this one was more focused on weird(?) family drama and secrets.

Check out the plot below ↓


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 neighbourhood, 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.


Aside from my inability to connect with the characters or storyline, Lisa Jewell’s writing is as amazing as ever. I absolutely love the way that she writes and how she just pulls you in to her story-telling.

— Rebekah Dolmat

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