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The Family Upstairs-Book Review

The Family Upstairs-Book Review

Book: The Family Upstairs

Author: Lisa Jewell

Rating: 3/5

Genre: Fiction


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.

The can’t-look-away story of three entangled families living in a house with the darkest of secrets.



The book tends to be more of a family drama than a thriller.Yes to psychological parts of it, but not very thrilling as the book is too long and has no good pace in the beginning. Only after around 80% of the book does it start to make sense.
The multiple POV's was slightly confusing in the beginning but got used to it soon.
But there were too many characters and i felt none were built strong.In an effort to build all characters, all were poorly built with many loose ends.
Also, there is No family Upstairs, its mostly people who were let in ,who took over the entire house as per say!
A one time read.


“They weren’t bad books,” Phin countered patiently. “They were books that you didn’t enjoy. It’s not the same thing at all. The only bad books are books that are so badly written that no one will publish them. Any book that has been published is going to be a ‘good book’ for someone.”

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