The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
ebook, 352 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Simon & Schuster Canada and Atria Books
About the Book:
Gifted musician Clemency Thompson is playing for tourists on the streets of southern France when she receives an urgent text message. Her childhood friend, Lucy, is demanding her immediate return to London. It’s happening, says the message. The baby is back. Libby Jones was only six months old when she became an orphan. Now twenty-five, she’s astounded to learn of an inheritance that will change her life. A gorgeous, dilapidated townhouse in one of London’s poshest neighborhoods has been held in a trust for her all these years. Now it’s hers. As Libby investigates the story of her birth parents and the dark legacy of her new home, Clemency and Lucy are headed her way to uncover, and possibly protect, secrets of their own. What really happened in that rambling Chelsea mansion when they were children? And are they still at risk?
Once again, Lisa Jewell hits it out of the park with a gripping psychological suspense, and a Gothic setting that is a character in itself. Henry and the gang are intriguing and complex; as I followed the twists and turns of their troubled childhoods I found myself gripping the pages tighter and tighter, even as I couldn't stop turning. The Family Upstairs is an amazing suspense novel that has some darkness to it. The characters are secretive and so intriguing.
Edgy, twisty, and utterly compelling, with a setting that'll give you a myriad of goosebumps, The Family Upstairs had me flipping the pages. I, too, had to know everything Henry and Lucy were hiding from everyone, and themselves, and what would happen when they revealed their truths. You won't want to put this book down, and it may even make you question how well you know the person sleeping next to you while you read.
Thank you NetGalley, Lisa Jewell, Simon & Schuster Canada and Atria Books for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.