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The Family Upstairs: A Novel Kindle Edition
Praise for The Family Upstairs:
“Mesmerizing. . . Another dark winner from Jewell, who expertly teases out her tricky tale with stunning moments and richly drawn characters.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Un-put-downable . . . distinct, well-developed characters, shifting points of view, and a disturbing narrative that pulses with life create an enthralling tale full of surprises.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Jewell’s chilling psychological thriller follows Libby as she uncovers the dark, twisty secrets of her family’s past.” —Washington Post
"The domestic suspense master unfurls another delectably familiar tale of family secrets." —Entertainment Weekly
“[A] fast-paced, imaginative tale that keeps the reader guessing right up until the book's final pages." —USA Today
"Lisa Jewell's story is spellbinding…and impossible to put down. By the time we unravel the last of her mysteries, we're almost choking on the malevolent threads that weave themselves into a coy and satisfying conclusion." —Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Jewell has a way with the quietly creepy subgenre of domestic suspense." —CrimeReads
“The Family Upstairs twists-and-turns until the very last page.” —Bustle
“No one can write a creepy domestic suspense thriller quite like Lisa Jewell.” —Goodreads
"So terrifying." —PopSugar
“The Family Upstairs is a fresh, inventive take on domestic suspense; effortlessly traversing intimate family secrets and vast, far-reaching conspiracies, Lisa Jewell’s newest release is a masterclass in psychological thriller plotting. Come for this book’s gorgeous cover and twisty plot, stay for its genuinely surprising and original variations on a story of family secrets and interpersonal suspense. An excellent new release and a standout among 2019’s psychological thriller offerings. . . . One of the most genuinely surprising, boundary-pushing psychological suspense novels I have read this year . . . crafted thoughtfully and carefully . . . so effective and authentic.” —Crime by the Book
“Lisa Jewell has done it again—rich, dark and intricately twisted, this enthralling whodunnit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect.” —RUTH WARE, New York Times bestselling author
“Your hands quake. Your breath fades. Your heart wallops your ribs. Medical emergency or Lisa Jewell novel? Few writers of psychological suspense devise such swift, slippery plots; fewer still people their stories with characters so human and complex. The Family Upstairs glitters like a blade and cuts even deeper.” —A. J. FINN, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
“A haunting, atmospheric, stay-up-way-too-late read. I was desperate to uncover all the twisting mysteries inside The Family Upstairs, layer by tangled layer. Eerie, suspenseful, and completely consuming.” —MEGAN MIRANDA, New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls
“I’ve just raced through the brilliantly dark and disturbing The Family Upstairs. Absolutely couldn’t put it down, it’s so good!” —B. A. PARIS, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors
“Taught and fast-paced.” —Kirkus Reviews
“I’m a big fan of Lisa’s books and had hoped to save it for my holiday next week, but failed miserably by devouring The Family Upstairs as soon as it arrived. 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, New York Times bestselling author of Sometimes I Lie
“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, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes
“The perfect poolside read. The perfect anywhere read, tbh. This book is riveting, moving, and out in August. Highest possible level of recommendation.” —SOPHIE HANNAH, New York Times bestselling author
“A twisty and engrossing story of betrayal and redemption. Reminiscent of Donna Tartt in scope and quality.” —IAN RANKIN, New York Times bestselling author
“An abandoned baby, a surprise inheritance, a cobwebbed Bohemian mansion—The Family Upstairs is rich in mystery from the very first page, and Lisa Jewell’s best book yet.” —ERIN KELLY, author of He Said, She Said
“A stunning psychological thriller with a horrific, yet all too believable, family story at its centre. Full of atmosphere and menace. I was gripped from the first page.” —ELLY GRIFFITHS, author of The Stranger Diaries
“Lisa Jewell is the most wonderful writer, and funnily enough we’ve written about a similar theme with our new books—cults, in microcosm and macrocosm. The Family Upstairs is out 8 August and I can’t rant enough about how brilliant it is.” —ALEX MARWOOD, author of The Wicked Girls
“Utterly compelling. Deliciously dark and twisty with characters who live on in your head. Lisa Jewell just keeps getting better and better.” —JANE CORRY, author of My Husband's Wife and I Looked Away
“Wow. Lisa Jewell has done it again. I absolutely loved The Family Upstairs. Intriguing, absorbing, unputdownable with characters so real they jump from the page.” —LAURA MARSHALL, author of Three Little Lies and Friend Request
“Whenever I pick up a Lisa Jewell novel I know I'm for a compelling, immersive and unputdownable read and The Family Upstairs is one of her very best. It’s an intriguing, claustrophobic and compelling mystery about a family that comes to stay and refuses to leave. I hugely enjoyed it and couldn't put it down.” —C. L. TAYLOR, author of The Missing and The Lie
"Intoxicating...[Lisa Jewell] is an author to watch." —Entertainment Weekly
Praise for Watching You:
“Quickly and assuredly, Jewell builds an ecosystem of countervailing suspicions…Tricky, clever, unexpected.” —New York Times Book Review
“A twisty British mystery...Brace yourself as Jewell stacks up the secrets, then lights a long, slow fuse.” —People
“Page one intrigued me. Page three hooked me. By page five, I was consumed. This compulsive, propulsive novel is both a seize-you-by-the-throat thriller and a genuinely moving family drama. Stellar.” —A. J. FINN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
"A twisty whodunit." —Cosmopolitan
"Big Little Lies-esque small town drama with stakes as high as Amy from Gone Girl's IQ, Lisa Jewell's latest thriller is not to be missed." —InStyle
"Watching You takes the idea of obsession to chilling heights." —PopSugar
"This suspense is going to have you turning the pages all night long." —Bustle
"Stellar domestic drama...Expert misdirection keeps the reader guessing, and the rug-pulled-out-from-beneath-your-feet conclusion—coupled with one final, bonechilling revelation—is stunning. Best not to bet on anyone. A compulsive read guaranteed to please fans of A. J. Finn and Ruth Ware." —Booklist (starred review)
"Jewell weaves a taut multiperspective, domestic/community suspense story that is sure to please fans of Ruth Ware and A.J. Finn." —Library Journal (starred review)
"[A] spine-tingling thriller...Lisa Jewell’s gripping novel Watching You unravels a tangled web of rumors—and a shocking twist." —Real Simple
“Eerie and bone-chilling…this page turner surprises and stuns.” —Woman's World Magazine
"A juicy new page-turner." —Brit+Co
“[A] crafty conundrum…the author smoothly juggles multiple story lines…prepare to be blindsided by the murder victim’s identity, not revealed until late in the game—and an even more stunning final surprise. Jewell does a masterly job of maintaining suspense.” —Publishers Weekly
“Jewell adeptly weaves together a complex array of characters in her latest thriller. The novel opens with the murder investigation and deftly maintains its intensity and brisk pace...Jewell's use of third-person narration allows her to explore each family's anxieties and sorrows, which ultimately makes this novel's ending all the more unsettling. An engrossing and haunting psychological thriller.” —Kirkus Reviews
"A master at unspooling tightly told tales, Jewell specializes in perfectly-pitched thrillers without sacrificing a drop of her characters’ complexities, secrets, and desires, and this latest one is no exception." —The Seattle Review of Books
"Jewell excels in creating complex characters, building tension and keeping readers in the dark yet riveted until the "Aha!" moments...this thriller unfolds and concludes in a very satisfying way." —Shelf Awareness
About the Author
- ASIN : B07P5HB99D
- Publisher : Atria Books (November 5, 2019)
- Publication date : November 5, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 2492 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 349 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,820 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Perspective 1 (3rd person): On Libby’s 25th birthday, she finds out she’s inherited a Chelsea mansion that’s been held in trust. She soon discovers the house has a dark history based on scant decades-old news coverage. Apparently there were three cult-related suicides, but 10 month old Libby was found unharmed and healthy within. What’s not to like about Libby? Her curiosity about why she was abandoned in the Chelsea house is natural because the events leading up to that left her an orphan without a past. She befriends a resourceful investigative journalist to help her dig up any clues that might help her figure out what happened.
Perspective 2 (3rd person): Lucy is living hand-to-mouth in France when her phone reminds her that The Baby is 25. Without the means or identity, she has to resort to some pretty desperate acts in order to get back to England after 24 years. Lucy’s shiftiness and secrecy makes her suspect, but she clearly has her kids’ best interest at heart. And her dramatic encounter with her ex-husband totally floored me.
Perspective 3 (1st person): Henry knows everything that happened in the house the last several years his family lived there. He knew why there were so many extra people living there, what happened to the once-opulent residence and its contents, and how and why people were found dead in black robes on the kitchen floor. Henry’s not the most reliable narrator, but as his story unfolded, the sense of desperation climaxed.
The best thing about this book is the sinister, gothic atmosphere. As I learned more about all the house’s inhabitants and why Henry and his family were prisoners in their own mansion, I got a creepy Jim Jones vibe. But it was so well done, I loved every page of it (including the hilarious acid scene), and I am going to be insisting everyone (especially fans of Chevy Stevens) read this book!
Let's just dive right in. This book is confusing at the best of times. There are too many characters to keep track of. We don't get to know all of them well, so it's really hard to keep track who is who and who's turn it is to tell their part of the story. I felt like I was caught in a twisting tunnel, trying to keep my balance while reading this book.
On one hand, I'm not sure what the point of this story was. On the other, I do get it. It's one of those books that leaves you scratching your head, wondering what it is you just read. Did it make complete sense? Are you happy with the outcome? What parts were truth, what parts weren't truth? Usually, these feelings and questions would indicate a book that I liked. A book that was so well written that I was still pondering it. That's not totally the case here. I was lost in a haze in so many parts, I'm still experiencing said haze. And that is not indicative of me enjoying a book.
My overall thoughts on this book are, meh. I think that this author's writing just isn't for me. She writes all over the place, probably intentionally to confuse you. The coming together in the end is a bit a of a mess. I just can't jive with the writing style. I guess I can see why many love it. I, unfortunately didn't.
I have been waiting for this book to come out since it was first announced. Was so excited that it was coming out near my birthday in August only to find out that was the UK release and the US release was not until November.
I can say though this book was worth the wait. It was great I loved it.
The book was told from the POV of 3 characters.
Libby: Who just turned 25 and when she arrives home from work has a letter she has been waiting for. She was adopted as an infant and will now learn who her real parents are. Not only does she find out who they are, but she also finds out that she is now very wealthy, as she has inherited her family's abandoned mansion. Libby also learns some news about her parents death, so she teams up with a reporter to uncover what really happened in that house all those years ago.
Lucy: Is a single mother living in Paris but they are homeless. She gets an alert on her phone saying "The baby is 25" and is now determined to do anything to get back to London.
Henry: His POV is told from him remembering the past and he was a little odd. But who can blame him, since He, his sister and parents were at one time very happy and wealthy, and then they let a stranger into their home and lost it all.
I loved all these characters. and even the secondary characters. Everything just jumped off the page and I didn't want to stop reading. I just had to know how these 3 tied together. And I so did not figure things out until it was spelled out for me LOL
If you are a fan of Lisa Jewell I highly recommend this book. And if you have never read her books, I highly recommend you start.
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The characters were undeveloped which left many gaps. For example, why was the mother so easily swayed by Thomsen when she seemingly had it all? How did the family go broke before the cult formed. How did Birdie meet Thomsen?
It was a bit unrealistic: why would a GP smuggle children to France and dump them on a farm? What house in London would be unoccupied for 25 years without squatters? Libby and Miller suspected their phone had been tampered with but didn't think to buy a cheap pay as you go for their investigation. Didn't social services exist in the 90s? No visits from the school.
I could go on and on.
i didn't love this 1 at all but have loved lisas other books was really disappointed
to have spent £7.99 on this