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


The Family Upstairs5 star

I absolutely loved this book! Couldn’t put it down! Never what you expected! Wow!!55


Loved it!5 star

Great story55


Loved it5 star

Great read! Could not put it down55


Wonderful!5 star

I couldn’t stop reading it.55


Excellent - couldn’t put it down.5 star

Suspense at its best!55


Misery fest.1 star

This was twisted and horrific.. It went on and on. I skipped to the end just to get it over with. I didn’t like any of the characters or their torture and sad stupidity. What in the world was the author thinking? Too much misery.15



This book really kept me on my toes. I read the entire thing in one day! Cannot recommend this enough.55


No closure3 star

Didn’t wrap up the storylines like I’d hoped. Still a good read35


👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼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

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