Author: Lisa Jewell
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: November 5, 2019
Book Description: 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 Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
Book Review: Personally, I am a huge Lisa Jewell fan. I pretty much have read every book that she has written. I was so excited when I received a galley of this book. And while I enjoyed this book, it was definitely not my favorite.
This story centers around 3 main characters. Libby who just found out she inherited a home worth millions from her dead parents. Lucy a single mother of two who is struggling to stay afloat and a third character that certainly develops as the story goes on.
This is the type of book that you can’t say much without giving the plot away, but from a high level view, this story centers around the house and what happened in it one day approx 25 years ago.
I really enjoyed Jewell’s short chapters which really perpetuated the story. It was fast paced and enjoyable. Some of the story was a bit predictable, but Jewell managed to get a few surprises in there. If you like Lisa Jewell, you will like this book.
Thank you NetGalley and Atria Books for an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.