The Family Upstairs

The Family UpstairsFrom The New York Times Bestselling Author Of Then She Was Gone And Watching You Comes Another Page Turning Look Inside One Family S Past As Buried Secrets Threaten To Come To Light 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 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 3.5 STARS Lisa Jewell is one of my favorite authors I have read all of her thrillers and my expectations were so high for her newest possibly too high I love how she writes, builds tension, and weaves a story.Her books are so easy to read and fall into This one did seem a bit too long though and I was beginning to tire of the complex plot It focuses on a highly dysfunctional family and there are a lot of characters to sort out It took some time before I was able to make all the connections, but it played out nicely.The family runs a cult like home or rather mansion and what happens there comes into play later on.The two timelines past present will collide into a dark tale of this is what really happened There are surprising twists, but this one was missing the page turning magic that I loved in her previous novels It is still a solid and entertaining read.This one is out August 8, 2018 432 engrossing pages of pure psychopathic heaven and I read every one of them in the last 10 hours I have been walking around our house all day resenting anyone who needed me for anythingthis book is THAT good We re ordering pizza tonight Sorry, not sorry.Don t worry if, as you start this, you feel a little confused by the introduction of different characters and different time periods, it only feels like you don t know what s going on and it only lasts a little while because pretty soon Bang, like jello, it all gels together and the tension ramps and ramps and ramps I ll let everyone else describe it just read it Thank you to Lisa Jewel, Atria Books, and NetGalley for giving me this digital ARC I received a widget in exchange for an honest review It all happened so slowly, yet so extraordinarily quickly, the change to our parents, to our home, to our lives after they arrived But that first night, when Birdie appeared on our front step with two large suitcases and a cat in a wicker box, we could never have guessed the impact she would have, the other people she would bring into our lives, that it would all end the way it did We thought she had just come to stay for the weekend Gather round children, and lend an ear If you are on the gothic psychological suspense train, and you re looking for something to read in the same vein as Ruth Ware or V.C Andrews, then this is your stop The Family Upstairs is unsettling, atmospheric, and dare I say a tad bit taboo I find those three traits to be the trifecta of a devilishly chilling read, and if you re like me, this needs to be on your must read list.The reader determines quickly that the narrative is structured through three different points of view, although we aren t told how they correlate until later in the story, and this works extremely well here I honestly don t think the story would have been quite the same if any minor tweaking had been done to the particular perspectives we are privy to, as we get just enough information into the past and present to answer all the major questions, while also allowing the reader to use their imagination to fill in some minor blanks as well If you re the type of person who doesn t like an open ended story, but also isn t a fan of the neat and tidy package upon conclusion, you ll appreciate what Jewell has done with this story.I m aware it s already been mentioned above, but I can t emphasize enough what a delight it was to read a story that felt like a modern day V.C Andrews novel Obviously the similarities in dysfunctional family dynamics and suffocating atmosphere of the gothic tone are clear, but there are so many minor easter eggs that felt a tribute to that unique style of storytelling The overall vibe of this one feels much darker than Lisa s previous novels, but I think she s taken a leap of faith in good conscience and found that she writes just as well in this genre as she does in domestic suspense and women s fiction Yes, yes, I ve kept this review vague, spoiler free, and frustratingly neutral in tone, but that s only because I d like for you to have the chance to read this book for yourself without any influence from my thoughts If you re a fan of the author s previous novels, you definitely need to read this If you re new to her work, this is a GREAT piece to start with The characters are wonderfully flawed, the story is unpredictable, and the unsettling nature of the content inside is sure to chill even the most experienced reader of psychological thrillers Highly recommendedMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy Imagine inheriting an eight bedroom property in London s SW3 in the heart of Chelsea it s an area of multi million pound homes well let s face it, you d be over the moon to say the least This wonderful inheritance is Libby Jones 25th birthday present, but the house or mansion to be precise is pretty dilapidated, and it has a very sinister past too.Told from the points of view of Libby, Lucy, and Henry, in both the past and present, this compelling family drama begins with the previous owners of the house The Lamb s are a wealthy couple with two children, Henry and Lucy After allowing a charismatic stranger named David and his family to move into their home, their lives will be turned completely upside down, because David isn t nearly as charming as he appears to be He s definitely a Svengali figure and will soon have the family under his spell, all except for Henry he isn t falling for David s charms, not one little bit A disturbing, chilling and complex narrative results in many mysteries, as the three narrators stories begin to thread together, bringing us ever closer to the main mystery that of what happened to the previous inhabitants of this Chelsea mansion Thank you to Netgalley and Random House UK Cornerstone for my ARC for which I have given an honest unbiased review in exchange

Lisa was born in London in 1968 Her mother was a secretary and her father was a textile agent and she was brought up in the northernmost reaches of London with her two younger sisters She was educated at a Catholic girls Grammar school in Finchley After leaving school at sixteen she spent two years at Barnet College doing an arts foundation course and then two years at Epsom School of Art amp

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  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • The Family Upstairs
  • Lisa Jewell
  • 15 August 2018
  • 9781501190100

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