The Family Upstairs - Lisa Jewell

The Family Upstairs

By Lisa Jewell

  • Release Date: 2019-08-08
  • Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 958 Ratings


'Really good, gripping. I couldn't bear for it to finish... I don't want to move onto the next book too soon as it feels like a betrayal.' OLIVIA COLMAN

'I swear I didn't breathe the whole time I was reading it. Gripping, pacy, brilliantly twisty.'

'A twisty and engrossing story of betrayal and redemption.' IAN RANKIN

In a large house in London's fashionable Chelsea, a baby is awake in her cot. Well-fed and cared for, she is happily waiting for someone to pick her up.

In the kitchen lie three decomposing corpses. Close to them is a hastily scrawled note.

They've been dead for several days.

Who has been looking after the baby?

And where did they go?

Two entangled families.
A house with the darkest of secrets.
A compulsive thriller from Lisa Jewell.
'Rich, dark and intricately twisted
, this enthralling whodunnit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect.' RUTH WARE

'You don't read a Lisa Jewell book, you fall into it. It takes huge talent to establish a whole world in the turn of two pages.' ERIN KELLY

'Creepy, intricate and utterly immersive: an excellent holiday read.' GUARDIAN

'I had an unrelentingly pleasurable and thrilling for-God's-sake-tell-me-what-happened sensation in my stomach for the entire read ... Stupendous!' RUTH JONES

'Absolutely brilliant. Great characterisation, a fascinating and dark set up and a great conclusion. She's always great but this is next level stuff.' SARAH PINBOROUGH

'Few writers of psychological suspense devise such swift, slippery plots; fewer still people their stories with characters so human and complex. Lisa's Jewell's The Family Upstairs glitters like a blade and cuts even deeper.' AJ FINN

'Whenever I pick up a Lisa Jewell novel I know I'm in for a compelling, immersive and unputdownable read and The Family Upstairs is one of her very best' CL TAYLOR

'I had hoped to save The Family Upstairs for my holiday, but failed miserably ... I was hooked from the first page. I think it's her best yet and hands down my favourite book so far this year.' ALICE FEENEY

'Utterly compelling. Deliciously dark and twisty with characters who live on in your head. Lisa Jewell just keeps getting better and better.' JANE CORRY

'It's absolutely bloody brilliant and I can't tell you much I wish I'd written it.' TAMMY COHEN


'I loved The Family Upstairs!' SARAH JESSICA PARKER
Readers are obsessed with The Family Upstairs:

'I read so many books in the crime/mystery genre that it becomes harder to find a book that stands out. This one succeeded!! Hooked from page one'
'I totally adored this book. All of Lisa Jewell's books are fabulous, but something about this one is extra special.'
'Absolutely absorbing ... thoroughly enjoyed it'
'Kept me captivated from the very beginning ... Definitely worth reading - as long you like reading into the night!'
'What a book. Clever would be an understatement. And those last pages left me with chills. The concept had me intrigued and the execution had me captivated. I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!'

#1 Bestseller in the UK, Sunday Times, August 2019


  • The Family Upstairs

    By dibsdevron
    Great book couldn’t put it down
  • Awesome!

    By H12321
    Awesome book. Best ive read for a while. Easy to get into. Grips u. Keeps u guessing. Defo recommend.
  • Brilliant book. Loved it.

    By gamessas
    Excellent read and a must buy for those that love twisty books that keep you on the edge of your seat.
  • Awesome

    By donnagawesome
    I didn’t pick it up for a while. Once I started I was trying to find time to pick it back up. I read it in two days because I needed to know what happens next. I’m now a fan nd jus ordered more books from this author. Totally gripping and a few twists that made me speak out at times as reading. My family kept saying............. u know ur talking to a book lol. Loved every page of it
  • Great story but anticlimax at end

    By nicolarona
    I LOVED this story and finished it within 2 days - the characters and storyline had me gripped from the first few chapters. As I was so into the story I must say I was slightly let down by the ending - I expected some sort of dramatic twist within the last few pages but the story sort of just fizzled out and left me with some unanswered questions. I was seriously hoping to be reintroduced to Phin at the end! All in all, would highly recommend this story!
  • Amazing

    By Soosypoosy
    Great to get you back into reading. Loved the story line of this book, finished in 3 days couldn’t put it down!
  • Not for me.

    By BauldyTOP
    Didn’t finish, maybes a slow start but just couldn’t get into it.
  • Amazing

    By Bexystar101
    Nothing more to say than it’s just an amazing book, read It in 3 days, really recommend reading. :)
  • Don’t know how to feel about the ending

    By @libertyjstock
    Good book but has a weird storyline which is easy to read along with but I didn’t like how it ended with Henry.
  • Really great story

    By Daniel_Culley
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it saw me sit up and read it all within a night. I found the story so interesting, a part of me wants to go and have a nosy around the house in Chelsea and climb through that roof. The only reason I gave this a 4 star is that I felt the end was an anticlimax, there are some great twists and turns and you feel a real empathy with the characters, but the last few pages for me were lacking and I was waiting for that final twist or to find out about Phin. It seems to have been written in a way which sets up for a sequel - if this is the case I will take it all back. And I would love to see this story adapted for screen - and the “sequel” - I just wanna find out what happened with Phin!!