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The Family Upstairs: A Novel

The Family Upstairs: A Novel


The Family Upstairs: A Novel

ratings:
4.5/5 (2,024 ratings)
Length:
9 hours
Released:
Nov 5, 2019
ISBN:
9781508287698
Format:
Audiobook

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Editor's Note

Will keep you guessing…

Libby Jones doesn’t know she’s an adopted child until she receives a house that’s been kept in a trust for her from her birth parents well after they died in said house by apparent suicide. But what really happened within those walls?

Description

From the New York Times best-selling author and master of “bone-chilling suspense” (People) comes another pause-resisting look inside one family’s past as buried secrets threaten to come to light.

Gifted musician Clemency Thompson is playing for tourists on the streets of Southern France when she receives an urgent text message. Her childhood friend, Lucy, is demanding her immediate return to London.

It’s happening, says the message. The baby is back.

Libby Jones was only six months old when she became an orphan. Now 25, she’s astounded to learn of an inheritance that will change her life. A gorgeous, dilapidated townhouse in one of London’s poshest neighborhoods has been held in a trust for her all these years. Now, it’s hers.

As Libby investigates the story of her birth parents and the dark legacy of her new home, Clemency and Lucy are headed her way to uncover, and possibly protect, secrets of their own. What really happened in that rambling Chelsea mansion when they were children? And are they still at risk?

Jewell’s novels have been praised as “sure to please fans of Ruth Ware and A.J. Finn” (Library Journal), and her latest is no exception. The Family Upstairs will keep you guessing until the very end.

Released:
Nov 5, 2019
ISBN:
9781508287698
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as ebookEbook

About the author

Lisa Jewell is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of nineteen novels, including The Family Upstairs and Then She Was Gone, as well as Invisible Girl and Watching You. Her novels have sold over 10 million copies internationally, and her work has also been translated into twenty-nine languages. Connect with her on Twitter @LisaJewellUK, on Instagram @LisaJewellUK, and on Facebook @LisaJewellOfficial.


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  • (4/5)
    So good! I thought I knew the twist, but I was wrong. I can’t wait for the second book. What will Henry do?
  • (5/5)
    Lisa Jewell is, and I am sure she has been referred to this way, a “jewel” of an author: her novels are deftly crafted, with unexpected twists and misdirections throughout each book. This is my fourth novel that I’ve read, and (so far) my favorite. Her characters were fascinating, the plot utterly compelling. I choose to listen to her novels rather than read them because the narration is just wonderful: the three narrators of this book are talented voice magicians, bringing their characters to three dimensional brilliance.
    For a suspenseful, completely thrilling novel to choose for your next audiobook, stop here and download! You will not be disappointed!
  • (3/5)
    The story is slow, but I love the way it is told in both past and present tense. The final chapters, however, were very rushed and I feel there is a lot unanswered.
  • (3/5)
    Not really suspenseful or thrilling, more of a drama. Just fine overall, I'll probably forget most of it soon.
  • (3/5)
    So slow and boring of you're thinking about DNF-ing go ahead and do so, there won't be any surprises at the end.
  • (5/5)
    So good on every level! Great audiobook! ❤️❤️❤️?Highly recommend this suspenseful thriller!
  • (4/5)
    Loved the family history and the discovery of dark secrets. Kept me engaged throughout. Narrators were all great. (I reserve 5 stars for all time favorite books, but this one came really close). I highly recommend if you like mysteries with lots of family drama; I thought the culty parts were going to be over the top but it was weaved in so nicely that I could almost understand how it happened. The writing was so good I could feel this family’s deterioration.
  • (3/5)
    The overall content of the book was great but the last chapters felt rushed and the ending makes you wonder what happen when two characters met. Still worth the read.
  • (5/5)
    Really enjoyed!! Especially the twists and turns. Good read ??
  • (5/5)
    I Loved every second of it! I enjoyed it so much I didn't want it to end.
  • (5/5)
    Another fabulous book by Lisa Jewell, it's the twist I don't suspect that make her books so engagingly suspenseful.
  • (3/5)
    The beginning of the plot was promising. I love the premise of the story and it’s very intriguing. But towards the end, it feels kinda rushed. The 20 years story closes in 1 chapter. It kinda make me think why waste the effort by telling the story of Lucy in Paris, and what they eat and where they sleep. I don’t see the connection, it doesn’t gel with the story. The book would have been fine without the long details of her side in Paris. Would rather know more about the people upstairs or the backstory of David.
  • (4/5)
    Libby is set to inherit a multi million dollar house when she learns that her birth parents left it to her after they killed themselves in a suicide pact. That's the story that's been told, then there's the story that as a reader you figure out pretty quickly. And then there's the nefarious other story that has little to do with the initial mystery.

    I had mixed feelings about this book. If you think about what the worst things an abusive man would do in a house full of women and children that were starving for love and approval, you've mostly solved the mystery. But there's more to it than that and I respect how chillingly that story is subtly being told. There's a completely unessesary romance thrown in between a young woman and someone who must be at least twice her age that's very uncomfortable and I largely tried to ignore. And then there's the ending, which is only able to happen by having characters full heartedly ignore some major red flags.

    CW: Mental and physical abuse, child abuse, rape, murder, drugging. Probably more but nothing is told in an overly descriptive way
  • (4/5)
    I have to say this is my first Lisa Jewell book and I would like to read more! The interesting characters, the twists snd turns, the suspense all kept me engaged to the end.
  • (5/5)
    Initially, “The Family Upstairs” story line felt disjointed. However, my assessment of this book was premature. Without divulging some of the events and characters in this book which I lead to my presumptions “not really enjoy” the book. As the story progresses though disturbing particularly humorous yet sadistic behaviors of Henry, this was another great book. This is my second book, I highly recommend the book and the Author. Ms. Jewel is a literary savant❗️
  • (5/5)
    Excellent all the way through! Well written and well voiced!
  • (5/5)
    Absolutely amazing book ! I Couldn’t stop reading it !
  • (5/5)
    Excellent, from plot to character development — and especially the narrators. Well done!
  • (1/5)
    Was hoping for a Thriller, this wasn’t it. A nice story but nothing riveting
  • (5/5)
    You will never suspect what happens next! It’s an adventure.
  • (5/5)
    I really love Lisa Jewell's books, I honestly can't get enough of them. I liked the narrates and thoroughly enjoyed this experience.
  • (5/5)
    From Libby, Henry to Lucy this story keeps you on the edge of your seat. It keeps you on the edge of your seat to the very end, they need to make a book 2, cause Henry better not!
  • (5/5)
    Great intriguing read. One of my favorite s this year!
  • (5/5)
    One of my favorite books. It has love, suspense and a dark gothic family history. Loved the ending, and the last sentence gave me chills.
  • (5/5)
    Brilliant!!! Just a wonderfully interesting tale about the resilience of love and family. Also a great nod to insanity and how one might be driven to it. All kinds of sidebars but I’m not a spoiler, so do enjoy! It’s well worth every minute!
  • (5/5)
    Wow, this book had me at the edge of my seat. So intriguing and unexpected turns. Definitely two thumbs up!!
  • (5/5)
    Creepy, disturbing yet super fun to listen too!
    Intriguing and surprising.
  • (5/5)
    The chapters are really short, which I love since they make me feel like I'm flying through the book. Last night I had around 100 pages left and I just reading because I was so engrossed in the novel that I didn't even realize how late it was, when I checked the time, it was about 4am and I still had 36 pages left, but I had to go to bed since I had work in the morning. I finally hot to finish it a little while ago and really enjoyed it.

    Some of the twists, I guessed, while others I was completely shocked. It's definitely a strange tale and I enjoyed it (although I wasn't sure about it in the first few chapters).
  • (5/5)
    I really liked this book. I had to go back at a point and recap because I listened daily while walking thru my 80 acres of woods. Didn't want to miss anything, every chapter counts to build the plot. I so enjoyed it.
  • (5/5)
    most exciting read of this year! can’t get enough of it, if i have the physical copy of this book, it’ll be a definite page turner for me. if you love cult stories, thriller and mystery, this one is worth a go.