#Book Review The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

From 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.


This was a strange book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story is told from three POV some of which was in the past and the present, and starts us meeting Libby who has just inherited a house in Chelsea from her biological parents. The other POV’s come from other family members, and as the story goes on the three begin to intertwine and eventually connect at the end.

I wasn’t sure how this was all going to play out, I knew that when Birdie moved into the house that it wouldn’t end well, but just how things turned I hadn’t predicted in the slightest.

This story had me hooked, I just had to find out from all the POV what actually went on and was going on in the present day. This book was right up street and I really enjoyed the twisted tale and how it came together at the end.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Fee is a 35 year old mother of three, who has been on the blogging scene since 1996. Over the years she has tried to change her style but finds the personal diary effect to be her niche - there are not many of those around in the blogging world nowadays.

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