The Family Upstairs - Lisa Jewell

The Family Upstairs

By Lisa Jewell

  • Release Date: 2019-11-05
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 2,129 Ratings




“Rich, dark, and intricately twisted, this enthralling whodunit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect.” —Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author

“A haunting, atmospheric, stay-up-way-too-late read.” —Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author

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.


  • Suspenseful!

    By Guammybear
    Great read! Could not put down!!
  • Would recommend 4.3/5

    By Dannnnnnnnyyyyyyyfkkvbkif
    This is a decent book. The story is told in multiple timelines by different characters but it isn’t confusing or hard to follow. A lot of the things adds up in the end and the book answers a lot of the questions you have. The writing is very well in my opinion. The audiobook for this is also really good, I would recommend it. If this is your time reading Lisa Jewells books then I would recommend something like “Then She Was Gone” before reading this one.
  • The Family Upstairs

    By Readingbythesea
    Interesting story, if you like a twist this is the book for you.
  • Amazing!!

    By Nowieee
    I absolute loved this book! Kept you glued until the very end. I loved the different story lines between the characters and how they all tied up. Every time I guessed my own conclusion, I was wrong. A definite read!
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  • Highly recommend!!

    By Diana Dee H
    It took me a second to really dive deep into this book, but once i did, i loved every bit of it!
  • It’s ok

    By vivibookshelf
    This is one of those books where I needed more. When I was half way through the book I realize I didn’t know what was going on. The book got interesting at the end. I really don’t have much to say about it 🤷🏾‍♀️ . The Family Upstairs is a psychological thriller with multiple storylines, following the point of view of three main character . On her 26th birthday Libby, who was adopted discovered that she has inherit a mansion, from a family she knows nothing about . She decides that wants to know more about her birth parents which sparks an investigation with the help of a reporter. she soon finds out that the mystery surrounding her birth family is more complex than she thought. . Lucy’s a single mom of two children , currently homeless and desperately working to put a roof over her children’s heads. One morning she receives a calendar reminder that “the baby has turned 25”, now she’s committed to making it back home and nothing and no one will get in her way. . Henry, one of the child who was raised in the mansion, shares his story of his family and how they lost everything . .
  • The Family Upstairs

    By No No Nannette
    If I could, I would give this book six stars. I can’t wait to read more of her books!
  • Great read!

    By Cam010203
    I really enjoyed this book! Each chapter I wanted to read more and more. The ending was not what I expected to happen!