The Family Upstairs
  • The Family Upstairs


    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.
    A compulsive new thriller from Lisa Jewell.
    ‘I read it in one sitting. Totally captivated. So dark and cruel and yet still somehow still bearable because her characters are - as ever - amongst the most fascinating anyone ever writes.’ ADELE PARKS

    ’A stunning psychological thriller with a dark family story at its centre. Full of atmosphere and menace. I was gripped from the first page.’ ELLY GRIFFITHS

    ‘Yet another brilliant novel ... She's the new Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine. Just mesmerising.’ JULIA LLEWELLYN SMITH

    ‘You don’t read a Lisa Jewell novel, you fall into it. It takes huge talent to establish a whole world in the turn of two pages. So far: an abandoned baby, a surprise inheritance, a busking mum, and my favourite thing in the world, A COBWEBBED BOHEMIAN MANSION!’ ERIN KELLY

    Early readers are obsessed with The Family Upstairs:

    ‘I read so many books in the crime/mystery genre that it becomes harder to find a book that stands out. This one succeeded!! Hooked from page one’
    I totally adored this book. All of Lisa Jewell’s books are fabulous, but something about this one is extra special.’
    'I read this all in one go ... my favourite Lisa Jewell book to date!'
    'Absolutely absorbing ... thoroughly enjoyed it'
    ‘This book draws you in from the start ... compulsive reading.’
    'Kept me captivated from the very beginning ... Definitely worth reading – as long you like reading into the night!'
    'Everything you could wish for in a book. I devoured it.'
    ‘Every now and then – not often – you get a psychological drama that lives up to its promise. One that has you hooked from the outset and keeps you reading long after bedtime. The Family Upstairs in one such book.'
    ‘What a book. Clever would be an understatement. And those last pages left me with chills. The concept had me intrigued and the execution had me captivated. I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!’

RELEASED 08/08/2019

Lisa Jewell was born in London. Her first novel, Ralph’s Party, was published in 1999. It was the best-selling debut novel of the year. Since then she has published another sixteen novels, most recently a number of dark psychological thrillers, including The Girls and Then She Was Gone (both of which were Richard & Judy Book Club picks). Lisa is a top ten New York Times and number one Sunday Times author who has been published worldwide in over twenty-five languages. She lives in north London with her husband, two daughters, two cats, two guinea pigs and the best dog in the world.