The Family Upstairs

The Family Upstairs

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A GOOD MORNING AMERICA COVER TO COVER BOOK CLUB PICK

"Rich, dark, and intricately twisted, this enthralling whodunit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect." --Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author

"A haunting, atmospheric, stay-up-way-too-late read." --Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author

From the New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone 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 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.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781501190100
1501190105
Branch Call Number: BOOK CLUB BAG Jewell / Family
Characteristics: Original contents: 10 regular print books, 1 large print book, and 1 readers' guide in 1 bag

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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 ... Read More »


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Mlbridell
Jan 26, 2020

Very enjoyable read. Starts out a little slow but keeps building to the twists at the end. Overall all fast, enjoyable read.

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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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