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


Meh3 star

A lot of characters to keep track of. Wasn’t thrilling or suspenseful. Wouldn’t recommend to a friend. Just meh35

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Enjoyed this5 star

Very well written55


Lost1 star

Not all books are for everyone…just couldn’t get into this one or keep track of the characters and timeline. Probably won’t read the sequel15


Love this book!4 star

Slow in the beginning. Tricky to follow all the character and timelines that change every chapter. I recommend reading in large chunks and making a note of the characters so you don’t get. The second half of the book is soooo good. Read like 300 pages in one day. I love this book!45


Shocking at how it all went wrong…4 star

It was a bit of a slow start, what with the views of each character shifting around in the present day; and the events that transpired in the past as well. It grows momentum until finally, you realize who is who and how it all went wrong. I find the shadowy past of this story grimly manipulating, to say the least. It easily spiraled me into a mild depression, and yet, I couldn’t put it down until the dark fog cleared at the end. The more I read, the more aggravating I was to hear about the couple that moved in the mansion. What a wicked, slow way of torture to simply scam a family. I sometimes wonder what goes there Jewel’s head to create such twists and turns to make her stories gut-wrenching or much to adding her red-herrings. I’m fond of her work and will continue to read more.45


So good!5 star

Couldn't put it down! I wish there was more.55


Loved it5 star

I could not put this book down! What a great read!55


The family upstairs5 star

Really enjoyed reading this book! Kind of dark but couldn’t put it down. Nice twists at the end. Going on to the sequel!55


Worth it5 star

It’s starts out slow, but once it gets going it hooked me right in. I didn’t want to put it down!55

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