The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

Title: The Familiy Upstairs

Author: Lisa Jewell

Pub Date: August 2019

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone and Watching You comes another page-turning look inside one family’s past as buried secrets threaten to come to light.

Be careful who you let in.

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.

She 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.

In The Family Upstairs, the master of “bone-chilling suspense” (People) brings us the can’t-look-away story of three entangled families living in a house with the darkest of secrets.

The Family Upstairs intrigued me because of the cult aspect of the mystery – three bodies, laying dead in a great house in a wealthy part of London, dressed in black, homemade robes, no possessions in the whole house. Only remaining is a baby in a crib.

I am fascinated by the portreayl o cult leaders and members, what brings them together, what is the magnetic fasination with one person that is so pawefull that could bring you to kill others and yourself. This book presents the creation of a small cult from a perspective of the child, who saw day by day how things progressed, how inviting one person to your home ended with mysterious deaths and abandoned child.

The story is told from few different perspetieves – we have the memories of the son of couple found dead in their home, present day evens in France, from women stuggling to get by playing fiddle on the streets and Libby Jones – the baby, now turnng 25 years-old. Whith this birhday comes an inharitence – her siblings didn’t claim the Chelsay home so it is now hers.

Libby comes into a possession of the house and its mysteries. She is drown into the story, and with a help of a investivative journalist she is determined to find out exactly what happened. Turns out others were waiting for the day she will come to the house…

The Family Upstairs is a well written mystery, together with the main character I was finiding out bits and pieces of the history and it was fun, I couldn’t put the book down. However, I am unsatisfied with the ending. It wasn’t powefull enough, the revelations were staggered and to be honest the last one was not so shocking to leave me speachlest (this is how I like to finish my mystery novels). The epilogue was a bit too sweet, with a prmise of a sinister side that we have to imagine ourselves.

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