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Book Review: The Family Upstairs

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

Page length: 464 pages

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

Publication Date: 8 August 2019

Publisher: Cornerstone Digital

Source: ARC via NetGalley

Stars: 4 out of 5



In a large house in London’s fashionable Chelsea, a baby is awake in her cot. Well-fed and cared for, she is happily waiting for someone to pick her up.

In the kitchen lie three decomposing corpses. Close to them is a hastily scrawled note.

They’ve been dead for several days.

Who has been looking after the baby?

And where did they go?

Two entangled families.

A house with the darkest of secrets.

My Review:

A young woman inherits a huge Chelsea house with a history. Twenty five years earlier three people were found dead, the children missing and a baby was found abandoned in her cot.

The story was told from three perspectives. Libby (the baby) and Lucy and Henry (her missing siblings). The house was infamous, and Libby contacts a journalist to help solve her family’s legacy before she sells the property. All the clues seem to be leading to an almost cosy conclusion, with Lucy and Henry telling their versions, a true old fashioned mystery. And then the surprises and twists came. And all assumptions were blown apart.


Thank you so much the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary electronic copy in return for an honest review.

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