The Family Upstairs (Book Review)

Lisa Jewell is one of the thriller authors who is often on my radar, I’ve read several of her books before and have always enjoyed her writing. One of the books by her that I missed, however, was The Family Upstairs – a thriller that I have heard lots about and just knew I had to read before the sequel The Family Remains was released this month.

I am always a bit nervous reading a book that I have been anticipating, wondering if it will live up to the expectations. The Family Upstairs is a gripping story that will keep you engaged throughout, introducing you to a family who live in a large house in London’s smart Chelsea whose lives take an unexpected turn when another family comes to stay.

The story moves between the past and present day, slowly revealing more about what happened that fateful day. The day when police discover three dead bodies in the house’s kitchen, a happy baby in her cot, and no sign of the other children presumed to live there but now missing.

As we learn more about the children’s horrifying experiences in the house, we are drawn deeper into the mystery and left wondering many questions. Like whom the current narrators are and how are they linked to the baby?

The Family Upstairs is a twisty story that will draw you in with its shocking plot but also leave you feeling happy at the ending, a rare feat for a thriller I think and well worth the read! I can’t wait for The Family Remains now.

Thanks to Penguin Random House for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

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