The Family Upstairs - Lisa Jewell

The Family Upstairs

By Lisa Jewell

  • Release Date: 2019-08-08
  • Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 736 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.' CLARE MACKINTOSH 'A twisty and engrossing story of betrayal and redemption.' IAN RANKIN ____________________________ FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THEN SHE WAS GONE 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 new 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 'This twisty, atmospheric thriller is Lisa's best yet' Bookclub's Book of the Month in GOOD HOUSEKEEPING '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 'Lisa Jewell is brilliant at creating a menacing atmosphere and this is almost unbelievably tense at times.' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING 'It's absolutely bloody brilliant and I can't tell you much I wish I'd written it.' TAMMY COHEN 'It's SO GOOD!' INDIA KNIGHT '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!' 'Everything you could wish for in a book. I devoured it.' 'Wow!!' '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!'


  • 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!!
  • A great read

    By pinkporcupin907
    I read this book with no expectations and it was the best book by far I have ever read. I have recommended it to all my friends and I will keep on doing so. This book was recommended by Sophia Tuxford on Youtube :)
  • Couldn’t put the book down but a bit of an anticlimax

    By ellsfz
    I honestly couldn’t put the book down and finished it in one night. I loved the plot, the characters and was hooked as the story unfolded of what happened that night. However I did foresee the main twists and turns in the book and I think they weren’t delivered with enough ‘umph’. I found the ending to be an anticlimax. But I did thoroughly enjoy the book and will definitely read another Lisa Jewell novel, as this is my first. Definitely worth reading.
  • Loved it - ending felt rushed

    I loved this book, it had the perfect character development, tonnes of intrigue, and kept the pages turning. My only criticism was that the end felt incredibly rushed and convenient.
  • Really good book

    By LucyW1990
    I really enjoyed this book it was different from the kind of books I would usually go for, it had various twists and turns and I find myself thinking about it a week later, would definitely recommend this book!
  • Loved it

    By katielouiserichardson
    Sophia tuxford recommenced this and I honestly could not put it down it was insanely good!
  • Brilliant

    By Missykylie
    Excellent story, couldn’t stop reading. Characters are so interesting
  • The family upstairs

    By megan-anne2000
    I loved this book and finished it in 24 hours, the way it was wrote was interesting from the different perspectives and I was constantly left desperate to read on and find out the next piece of the puzzle. It was very gripping however the cliff hanger ending has killed me dying to know what happened! Overall great read and would definitely recommend.