|| Book Review || The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell ||
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Age category: Adult
Release Date: November 5th 2019
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 neighbourhood, 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.
I only recently found myself picking up and getting into thriller books and I have had SO many people recommend Lisa Jewell to me and I am so glad I finally picked up one of her books because it was a fantastic read that I genuinely couldn’t put down!
Lisa’s writing style is so easy to follow and understand and she introduces you to the characters in such a way that you feel like you can quickly relate to and understand them and what is going on in their lives.
The Family Upstairs revolves around 3 main characters and each chapter is told from a different POV.
Libby is “the baby” who was left in her crib, healthy and well when her family decided to commit suicide in their gigantic mansion house in Chelsea. Now at the age of 25 Libby is old enough to receive the house that has been held in trust for her all of these years but not everything is as it seems!
Lucy, currently living in France with her two children and dog has a tragic past and a difficult life and her POV’s were some of my favourite chapters.
Finally we have Henry’s chapters and these to me were to most exciting to read because Henry talks about what really happened in the house all those years ago and how the two families ended up so completely intertwined in each others lives.
Though the story was not exactly “thrilling” in the heart pounding sense the mystery was layered, intricate and kept me wondering and guessing all the way through.
The events that unfolded in that Chelsea mansion were disturbing but also completely believable which I think is what made the story all the more exciting to read.
I enjoyed it from beginning to end and though the ending was very satisfying I felt like it ended too quickly and I wanted more!