The Family Upstairs
  • The Family Upstairs

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    ‘A twisty and engrossing story of betrayal and redemption. Reminiscent of Donna Tartt in scope and quality’ IAN RANKIN


    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.
    ‘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

    ’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

    'Absolutely brilliant. Great characterisation, a fascinating and dark set up and a great conclusion. She’s always great but this is next level stuff.' SARAH PINBOROUGH

    'It's an utter triumph -- swiftly paced and figure-eight twisty, yes, but also emotionally resonant. That's Lisa's secret sauce, if you ask me: her characters genuinely engage the reader.' AJ FINN

    ‘I had hoped to save The Family Upstairs for my holiday, but failed miserably by devouring it as soon as it arrived. I was hooked from the first page, I think it's her best yet and hands down my favourite book so far this year.’ ALICE FEENEY

    ‘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

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

    'Just finished The Family Upstairs and I’m telling you it’s her best book yet – human, gripping, deeply felt, seriously twisty and skilfully plotted. Bravo!' PAUL BURSTON

    'It’s absolutely bloody brilliant and I can’t tell you much I wish I’d written it.' TAMMY COHEN

    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 is the Sunday Times bestselling author of sixteen books, including her most recent novel, the Sunday Times bestseller Watching You. She lives in London with her husband and two children.