The Family Upstairs Author:Lisa Jewell 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 i... more »s 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.« less
I love Jewell's writing but this is probably my least favorite of her books I have read. It is very dark. It kept me reading and had some twists but was rough going in places. It took awhile to adjust to the different characters' perspectives. The ending left me disturbed.
I almost have nothing to say about this one, and for that reason I am writing a review. Some reviews talk about the subject matter being bothersome or disturbing, and I can see how that could be the case. For me though, that is not my reason for disliking it; all I can say is that I found the storyline and plot just plain bad. I am disappointed.
Dark and disturbing but I couldn't put it down. Lots of unexpected twists that were shocking, weird and heartbreaking. Once you start this creepy story you won't know whether to love or hate it. Lisa Jewel has quickly one of my favorite authors.
After such rave reviews for this book I was sorely disappointed with it. Libby gets a letter on her 25th birthday that she has come into an inheritance from her birth parents, thus starting the journey of who she really is. The story is split into different past and present parts with 3 people narrating. Long & boring I just couldn't connect with any of the characters and the story had too many gaps.