The Family Upstairs - Lisa Jewell

The Family Upstairs

By Lisa Jewell

  • Release Date: 2019-11-05
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 2,337 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 #1 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.


  • The Family Upstairs

    By cwSmiley
    This book captured me! I could not put it down. It has a creative plot and is well written. I really enjoyed this book!
  • FYI

    By Dia_Lila
    As of making this review I am halfway through the book. If you are a child or just someone who doesn’t like reading about suicide, rape, sexual intercourse, or murder, I don’t recommend this book. It’s a pretty interesting book though, when it doesn’t show what I mentioned before. Okay, I change my rating. It was fun to read and uncover more things about their past, but some of it made me disgusted. I can tolerate some hints in the description that it has some dark things in it, but not when it just shows itself as a book with mystery in it, when it has wayyy more than that. May you please have a description that says the book has sensitive topics?
  • Couldn’t put it down!

    By Mjsunny
    Well written, twisty, beautifully sad story. Finished it in two days.
  • Good read

    By Brittanicorbello
    Very good book, well written, the end drags a little but is worth it
  • 10/10!!!

    By Nadria1
    Such a good book!! So many twists and turns I’m so sad I finished it. This is the second book I’ve read by this author. She is amazing!
  • Good read

    By Wifey4lyfe
    It was enjoyable and intriguing. Great pace and I loved the way the story unfolded.
  • Absolutely riveting

    By Suzy-que12345
    This is my first Lisa Jewel novel, I hope I spelled her name correctly, and I couldn’t put it down. So captivating from page one, an absolute page turner, excellent to the very last sentence!
  • 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.