Book Review: The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell


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.

My Opinion:


The story was dark, compelling, scary, quiet shocking at many stages and yes full of suspense.

It’s a page turner for sure.

It was my first time reading a novel from this author but ooh man, I am glad I picked it up. It would make you feel overwhelmed, sad, irritated, surprised and angry all at a same time.

It will leave you second guessing at every point like now what? What will happen next?…this basically made me to keep on reading until I finally put the book down.

Jewell did a splendid job of setting up a plot and building up the characters.

Libby when turned 25 receives a letter that disclosed the inheritance of her parents. She enlisted the help of a journalist who at the time of her parents’ death, issued an article and found out that almost whatever he mentioned turned out wrong and there are many other dark secrets hidden behind her parents’ death.

And they continued on a journey to unfold the secrets and to know the reasons behind her parents death, about other 4 missing children and why was she left behind in a cot with a little rabbit’s foot ornament.


It was amazing how slowly story unfolds and you crave for more. But one thing that didn’t bode well with me was how come police at that time couldn’t locate the missing children and believed so easily that it was a suicide?

It was NOT a suicide,  but let’s keep that suspense for you.

How come Lucy (Libby’s mother) got away from murdering his ex husband and police not even once suspected her or questioned her, even though she didn’t left any evidence behind, but still she was the person who met him in the presence of his maid before his death.

So there were some loose ends and things that were left not fully explained.

But overall, it was an excellent read and SHOULD be on your to-read-list.

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Hello! Welcome to my space. I am a Pakistani from heart, born in Karachi and spent good 27 years of my life in that country. I am happily married and a stay-at-home mom, currently residing in KSA which i now call as my new home. This blog is my happy place where I will post about lots of different things, including my motherhood journey, lifestyle, book reviews, my thoughts and feelings about different issues and generally about my life on the go. I am an introvert who generally sucks at expressing her emotions verbally but loves to write them down. I hope you find the content here relevant and interesting to read. Looking forward to build a great community here. Have a great day!

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