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The Family Upstairs 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 sorryDon'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 couldnotputitdownI'll let everyone else describe it; just read itThank you to Lisa Jewel Atria Books and NetGalley for giving me this digital ARC I received a widget in exchange for an honest review An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found hereSoon 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 The can’t look away story of three entangled families living in a house with the darkest of secrets BOTM pick for November 2019 It all happened so slowly yet so extraordinarily uickly 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 weekendGather 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 VC 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 listThe reader determines uickly 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 uite 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 uestions 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 storyI'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 VC 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 uniue 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 recommended Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy 325 confused restless is it fair enough to give lower points because you’re die hard fan of Lisa Jewell fan uestion flying over my head creepy oh those guests should urgently get the hell out of the house stars Personally honestly I love this author’s work starting from “Watching you” “Then she was gone” “I found you” She is the master evil ueen of thrillers taken place in creepy houses and the characters formed in dysfunctional families who have unresolved issues So this book is one of them I enjoyed the prologue I felt all the goose bumps on my arm sweat dripping down my forearm shivered uncontrollably My intellectual appetite increased and my level of curiosity hit to the top Plot was intriguing Unwanted and never leaving guests occupied house and their numbers increased every day till they completely turned into an ominous cursed and chilling cult whose members wear ugly shapeless black clothes chose organic style diet by famishing children And we met David and Birdie they’re one of the creepiest couples as like Natural Born Killer’s “Mickey and Mallory” or any adopted children of Woody Allen and him Those parts of the book about Henry who is probably younger version of Dexter undiscovered sociopath who hides his unconditional love for Phin captured my attention His mother who is about to lose the rest of her marbles his passive and obedient weak father and his sister who is suffering from puberty crisis and uncontrollable occupation of CREEPY GUESTS who became THE REAL OWNERS of the house were remarkable and well rounded characters The thing I didn’t like and found confusing is way of 3 POV ed story telling I got the writer’s motive to put a bridge between past and future and connect three main characters’ stories mash them in harmony But the parts are too detailed and you started to feel like you’re drifting apart the main story the creepy disturbing guest part and dive into too many details about the other characters’ lives There are so much enough materials on this book to write two other ones Till we reach the encounter of characters and combination part of their stories we may already solve their mystery Being two steps ahead of the writer doesn’t make me happy So I wished we only read about the house’s past rising of cult Henry’s searching about paganism and his slow but expected move to the dark side We already have David and Birdie to be shaken to the core The ending of the book was nice touch made me give extra 025 stars but I still expected from this writer and as soon as I saw this book on my dashboard and screamed not for seeing my morning self in the mirror for finding out NetGalley provided me the book it was one of the happy and joyous screams and the beginning excited me but the pacing got slower in the middle It was still good written detailed riveting book Lisa Jewell is one of the best story tellers I’ve ever seen and as a hopeless fan I will keep happy screaming before starting her upcoming books But this time this book didn’t work so much for meSpecial thanks to Atria Books and Netgalley to send me this ARC COPY and lighten up my day in exchange my honest reviewbloginstagramfacebooktwitter 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 tooTold 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 bitA 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 35 stars The Family Upstairs is a compulsively readable psychological thriller that features multiple storylines three POV’s an unreliable narrator a sociopath several mysteries many murders a crazy cult a sick obsession and much Needless to say there’s a whole lot going on When Libby who was adopted when she was a baby discovers that she will inherit a mansion on her 25th birthday she is stunned She wants to know about her birth parents and why she is the sole heir to a large fortune She begins to investigate and with the help of a reporter she soon finds she might not want to know where she came from after allHenry a child who grew up in the mansion shares the story of his family’s riches to rags storyLucy a single mom of two living in France is homeless and desperate to put a roof over her children’s heads When she receives a calendar reminder that the baby has turned 25 she stops at nothing to return to the home from which she fledI enjoyed the first ¾ of this book It’s fast paced easy to read I couldn’t put it down I was taken in by all three narrators and was eager to find out all of their secrets However I reached a point when it just turned chaotic and crazy In addition to trying to cover too much and do too much The Family Upstairs was trying to be too many genres in one family drama vs mystery vs twisted thriller which took me out of the story and had me shaking my head The last few pages were eye roll worthy I just wasn’t buying Henry’s character In no way is this book bad I was just expecting in the end I received an ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 25 starsOn Libby Jones 25th birthday she gets to open a letter that has been held in trust for her since she was a baby She has been anxiously awaiting this as it contains much desired details about her birth family Found at just 10 months old at the scene of an apparent cult motivated suicide Libby was taken in by the state and subseuently adopted out to a loving family Her true past remains shrouded in mysteryUpon opening the letter she learns startling news In addition to further information about her parents she also learns she is set to inherit their old homeNot just any home either a long abandoned mansion in the swanky Chelsea neighborhood of London The house itself is literally worth millions of poundsTo Libby working a mundane job designing kitchens this is a blessed windfall Unfortunately due to the circumstances in which she was found at that very property her inheritance is also cause for great trepidationUnbeknownst to Libby a few other people have been waiting for her 25th birthday as wellThey are planning a reunion with Libby Lurking around the property they await the baby's returnDuring the course of the book we follow three different perspectives through both present and past timelines I was definitely intrigued by some sections of this book as opposed to others This gave it a pacing issue for me and I felt the formatting was a bit wonkyTo be completely frank I didn't really find it interesting until the 70% point After that point I couldn't put it down Again pacing issue That's too much of a slow burn even for me to give it a higher star rating There were entire portions at the beginning that I would have preferred to skip right over Let's say anything set in France I was practically bored to tearsHowever as mentioned above the ending really did pick up and I think overall the story premise had a lot of promiseUnfortunately the execution fell flat Even though this story wasn't necessarily for me I know a lot of readers will absolutely love it and I support that There's a book for every reader and a reader for every bookThank you so much to the publisher Atria Books for providing me with a copy of this to read and review I appreciate the opportunity 25 stars rounded up to 3 starsThis book was very confusing too me so I am just going to use the blurb as the plot I thought it was written well Be careful who you let inSoon 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 amShe 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 themTwenty 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 goneIn 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 This one has a slow burn in the beginning and it was so confusing but it eventually made sense It is told in three points of view Libby's Henry's and Lucy's It also has two different timelines There are also lots of characters in it so at times it was hard for me to keep track of all of them When I read a book I don't like to be confused I like to know what's going on and it takes awhile to know what's going onI was not expecting to not liking this one I did enjoy some parts I love Lisa Jewell and I loved every book she has written so this was a disappointment I can't believe I am saying this but this one was too dark and disturbing for me This book was very very dark It is not for every one I have never read a book that was too disturbing and dark until I read this one It has lots of triggers which I will put down all of them at the end of the review I felt like a different author wrote this book There were some parts that I enjoyed I did enjoy the ending I still can't wait for the next Lisa Jewell book This is the only book of hers that was a disappointment to me The other books I read by her I loved so much I am in the minority of this one so I suggest to look at all the other 4 and 5 star reviews This one just might be the book for you Lots of others loved this bookTrigger warnings If you have a trigger this book has it Rape child abuse animal cruelty suicide and incestAvailable NowI want to thank Netgalley Atria Books and Lisa Jewell for the widget of this book Wonderful book Great writing craft The story is a slow burn and told in three points of view in alternating chapters David the antagonist is developed and revealed slowly and turns heinous with each chapter Henry the son is my favorite character Jewel does a fantastic job developing his character and putting in layer after layer of motivation for what ultimately happens The book starts out smoldering and doesn’t really shift into high gear until page 150 then it really takes off The thriller structure with the short chapters helps make it a fast read that is difficult to put down The story is also told alternation in the past and present Jewel uses present tense for the current day part of the story and does it seamlessly If I were boxed into a corner about something critical to say it would be that there were too many characters to track This one is a solid five star read and I highly recommend itDavid Putnam author of the Bruno Johnson series Lisa Jewell ventures into horror infested psychological thriller territory in this disturbing and unsettling novel 25 years ago in Chelsea London the police enter 16 Cheyne Walk the mansion of the wealthy Lambs the home of the famous Martina wife model and mother with her young children Henry and Lucy What they discover is the dead decomposing bodies of the Lamb parents and that of another mystery man with a note that suggests a cult suicide but strangely they find a 10 month old baby alive and well cared for Serenity Lamb who is later to be adopted There were rumours of other children residing at the place but no trace of them has ever been uncovered In the present it is Libby Jones 25th birthday her ordinary life of working in sales of designer kitchens living under tight financial straits in her small flat is to be rocked when out of the blue she learns she is the sole inheritor of a large Chelsea mansion she has become an extremely rich young womanWhen she visits the house with the solicitor she finds it in a dilapidated condition with a creepy atmosphere as she learns of what happened there 25 years ago She becomes afraid when she hears the sounds of someone upstairs and leaves the place abruptly determined to discover all she can about what happened there Libby is aided by her work colleague Dido and journalist Miller Roe whose life was destroyed by his obsession with the story In the South of France in Nice an impoverished single mother is living hand to mouth with her two children from different fathers Marco and Stella She busks as a fiddle player worn out by the life she lives which includes periods of homelessness but she is now keen to take her family to London In the past a young Henry with his strong sense of entitlement is to find his future and that of his family shockingly derailed when his mother invites a pop star Birdie Dunlop Evers and David Thomsen with his family wife Sally and their children Clemency and Phin to live in their home temporarily only for them to end up staying permanently Thomsen the usurper is authoritarian cruel and manipulative as he tightens his hold on the household as the lives of those who reside there descend into horror and a nightmarish hellJewell writes a gripping and compulsive novel in which a menacing insanity takes hold of the lives of the children in Cheyne Walk culminating in their broken and traumatised emotionally damaged psyches Libby is to find her life changed forever as she learns of the secret family histories of her newly inherited mansion This is the most twisted and darkest of books as revelation after revelation unfolds which makes for an uncomfortable but never less than a compelling reading experience Many thanks to Random House Cornerstone for an ARC


About the Author: Lisa Jewell

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 & De


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