The Family Upstairs

The Family Upstairs Summary



“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.

Book Reviews


👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼4 star

Very interesting novel. Very twisted and you don’t really know where the story is going. Kind of reminds of The Glass Castle with the themes are a different kind of upbringing. It would be interesting to see this as a movie.45


Nice Read4 star

This was my first Lisa Jewell book. I enjoyed the way in which the chapters focused on individual characters. It flowed nicely and was very easy to follow. I particularly enjoyed how everything came together towards the end. I always judge a book’s greatness on whether or not I’d read it again. Would I read this again, no. But I’m glad that I got to experience it at least once.45


The Family Upstairs5 star

An absolutely great read!! From start to finish it kept me trying to figure out the truth. If u love a good story then this one is for u.55

aloha lynn

Spell Binding5 star

This is the second of Lisa Jewell’s mysteries that I have read. They were both books that I could not put down.55


I loved this book!5 star

I loved this book! It kept me guessing, kept me “turning the pages” on my phone. Will there be another?!?!55


Confusing3 star

It was difficult to follow each characters story.35


Could not put it down5 star

It’s been such a pleasure discovering Lisa Jewell. It’s been so long since I’ve found something I just could not put down. And this was it! Well this, and the other novels she’s written so far. Pretty great, Ms. Jewell, keep ‘em coming!!!!!55


The Family Upstairs5 star

This book captured me! I could not put it down. It has a creative plot and is well written. I really enjoyed this book!55


FYI2 star

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?25


Couldn’t put it down!5 star

Well written, twisty, beautifully sad story. Finished it in two days.55

Other Books by Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone


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The Night She Disappeared


The Night She Disappeared
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I Found You


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