The Family Upstairs

By Lisa Jewell

** Publication Date 5 November 2019 **

There is a very posh house on a very posh street in Chelsea that is now the property of one Libby Jones. Libby has just turned twenty-five. Adopted at a very young age, she doesn’t know anything about her past. But all that is about to change with this house.

Lucy is a single mom of two young children in France. Her life has been less than perfect and now she finds herself homeless. On a dismal morning waking up on the beach, she finds the message on her phone “the baby is 25.” 

Henry tells us part of the story of the lives of the Lamb family. He tells us of his life both before and after they opened their home to a strange family. Henry explains how what appeared to be such a perfect and idyllic life turned into a living nightmare, and changed the paths for a group of children so dramatically. 

Through these voices, we learn about the Lamb and Thomsen families and what transpired in that house on Cheyne Street 25 years earlier. Lisa Jewell is fabulous at hooking us into this story in just the prologue. She then unravels this story from the three points of view until we are left in awe. She is a master at keeping us in suspense and just feeding little bits of information along the way until we have the entire picture. I was kept spellbound from the beginning and only put the book down because I had to sleep or work.

Highly recommend this one! While I’d never read any of Lisa Jewell’s work before, I am now putting all of her books on my “to read” list. If this is any indication, she has an amazing ability to know exactly how to create rounded characters and a story that will hook you early and not let go.

4.5 stars on Goodreads

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