THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS by Lisa Jewell – Review & Giveaway


CREEP, alert! Another Lisa Jewell novel has been released.THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS (ATRIA) will have you never-ever looking at big mansions the same…. what really goes on in those big houses, anyway?

THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS shifts POVs each chapter allowing the reader to get to know the numerous characters. Unfortunately, I got to know the characters but I found myself confused by the story at times. I felt claustraphobic throughout most of the novel, which was achieved by Lisa’s talented technique. It kind of freaked me out that one can end up finding themselves in a cult without even being aware of the slow progression. I felt myself at unease while reading the entire book, but I still stayed up until the very last page.


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.

Libby 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 FAMILY UPSTAIRS is a satisfying domestic noir, who-dunnit who won’t disappoint Lisa’s many fans.


Lisa was born in London in 1968. Her mother was a secretary and her father was a textile agent and she was brought up in the northernmost reaches of London with her two younger sisters. She was educated at a Catholic girls’ Grammar school in Finchley. After leaving school at sixteen she spent two years at Barnet College doing an arts foundation course and then two years at Epsom School of Art & Design studying Fashion Illustration and Communication.

She worked for the fashion chain Warehouse for three years as a PR assistant and then for Thomas Pink, the Jermyn Street shirt company for four years as a receptionist and PA. She started her first novel, Ralph’s Party, for a bet in 1996. She finished it in 1997 and it was published by Penguin books in May 1998. It went on to become the best-selling debut novel of that year.

She has since written a further nine novels, as is currently at work on her eleventh.

She now lives in an innermost part of north London with her husband Jascha, an IT consultant, her daughters, Amelie and Evie and her silver tabbies, Jack and Milly.

We’re lucky to have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us which of Lisa’s novels is your favorite. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY USA only please

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51 thoughts on “THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS by Lisa Jewell – Review & Giveaway

  1. That is a hard question! I loved Then She Was Gone and I Found You. That’s the only two I have read and they were both amazing!

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    1. I absolutely loved Then She Was Gone which is the only one I have read but it left me wanting to read more! Thank you for the chance.

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  2. My favorite Lisa Jewell novel is I FOUND YOU simply because that’s the first one I read añd it is the one that made me want to read the rest of her novels. I have not read all of them yet but sure would like to.

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  3. I stand by my statement that every book is my favorite as I am reading it. Some stick longer than others.. I can’t wait to read all of these..

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  4. Lisa is a new author for me. My interest was sparked by this novel, which is already on my TBR list. Definitely my kind of book. Look forward to reading this book & many others from Lisa. Thanks for the chance.

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  5. Wow, this book sounds intriguing and like a very good page turner! Thank you for sharing your book review. Lisa is a new to me author so I have not read any of her books. It sure seems like this book would be a good start, I will definitely add it to my TBR list.

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  6. Lisa Jewell is a new author to me and I will admit I haven’t read any of her books yet. But I’ve heard they are fabulous and I’d love to read and review this one! I live downstairs from nine people and two dogs! You never know what’s going on in your house! 🙃

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  7. My favorites IF I had to name some, since she is one of my favorite authors, would be The House We Grew Up In and Then She Was Gone. I practically salivate when I know she has a new book coming out! LOL.. I know, I’m a book nerd! Thanks for the opportunity!

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