The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell #bookreview

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?

My thoughts on The Family Upstairs

Sometimes, there are authors whose books you just know you’re going to enjoy, ones who have never let you down. Lisa Jewell is one of those for me. And The Family Upstairs is no exception. It was a book I enjoyed from the first page to the last as it moved between the present to the not-too-distant past where a woman’s need to find fulfilment led to a dark place that tore the lives of five children apart.

It’s hard to say too much more without spoilers (I keep deleting large parts of this review, so I’ve decided to give up). What I can say is that it is well written, with complex characters – some of which I felt a huge amount of sympathy for, some of which I really disliked – and a story that slowly releases it secrets, with each one just that bit more shocking than the last so you can’t help but keep turning pages.

Released a couple of years ago, this may already be on many peoples ‘already read’ lists. For those who haven’t picked up a copy yet, I highly recommend it. Enjoy!

Emma x


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