The Family Upstairs

The Family Upstairs

Book - 2019 | First Atria Books hardcover edition
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From the author of 'Watching You' comes another page-turning book of suspense that looks inside one familys past as buried secrets threaten to come to light. Goodreads Giveaway. Book Club.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2019
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501190100
Branch Call Number: FIC Jewel
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 24 cm

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bryansingh
Jan 17, 2020

Another amazing tale from Lisa Jewell! This doesn't disappoint - it messes with your head, strong characterization and a great simple to follow plot with lots of twists and turns. Had me guessing until the very final pages.

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Eil_1
Jan 10, 2020

An intriguing novel interwoven with dark and mysterious pasts of the characters.

JCLKariE Jan 07, 2020

Imagine living in a beautiful house in Chelsea with your family then strangers start moving in, taking over, and imposing drastic rules. Next thing you know, your family has nothing and a man you don't know controls your life. Fast forward to present day where a woman, her two children and dog are living on the streets of Nice, France playing the fiddle for food. Back in London, Libby has turned 25 and inherited the house on Cheyne Walk, Chelsea worth millions of pounds. These three alternating voices and time periods are the only way to tell this story. Putting the pieces together will leave you breathless until the very end. The characters are richly drawn and flawed. Lisa Jewell has a gift for twisty, dark, fantastic stories.

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sstasi48
Dec 30, 2019

This was one of the best books I read this year. I really enjoyed the author's writing style that kept you in suspense to the very end. I highly recommend this novel.

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mkgahir01
Dec 26, 2019

Amazing characters and amazing story line. Kept me engaged and wanting more - couldn't put it down.

JCLHeatherC Dec 22, 2019

Similar to 'Then She Was Gone' in that it was somewhat predictable and the ending felt rushed.

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stanwinslow
Dec 21, 2019

Absolutely loved it, couldn't put it down. Great story, well told, engaging and delightfully suspenseful. A pleasure!

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DELVEVD
Dec 16, 2019

EXCELLENT STORY! Many twists and turns in this sad story of child abuse and the results of on the children in their adulthood! the characters are well written, you feel sympathy for their struggle but also understand why they do what they do. Its also a great read, filled with hope. Many twists and turns, many surprising! A great read from Jewel!

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Katie_Dublin
Dec 05, 2019

A decent psychological thriller. Some of the twists were pretty easy to predict, but the insane family drama was interesting. The characters' behavior is mostly illogical, but I suppose children and cult members aren't the most logical creatures. I hated that the book was written in the present tense. Since 99% of books are written in the past tense, it just felt awkward and wrong.

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vsv38
Nov 30, 2019

MEDIOCRE book propped up by a big (?) marketing campaign. Sorry, but "The Family Upstairs" is absolutely undeserving of glowing reviews. There's too many of them online, which makes me wonder if they are fake (paid for). It's the WORST crime book I've read so far this year (2019). The plot is totally bland and implausible and I cannot imagine how anyone who purports to be intelligent can say anything good about this train wreck of a book. There is so much silliness in it, it's infuriating. And as far as I am concerned, there were no big, exciting twists either. Head over to Amazon UK, and check out the 1 and 2 star reviews. They are all spot on! This was my first time reading Lisa Jewell, a British author. No more books from her for me. If you want to read a truly spine-chilling, dark, menacing book about a cult with a mind-blowing conclusion, check out The Nowhere Child by Christian White instead.

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