REVIEW – The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewel

The Family Upstairs

Published August 8th 2019 by Century (first published July 25th 2019)


Another intriguing read from Lisa Jewell!


A family is forever changed when a woman, her cat, and her two large suitcases come to stay.

Libby Jones was orphaned at six months old. She is now twenty-five and has just received a letter from a solicitor. She’s been expecting this letter but she’s still surprised by what it says. “The house. They’ve left me the house.”

16 Cheyne Walk is a townhouse in one of London’s poshest neighborhoods. It’s been held in trust for Libby for the last 25 years. If what this letter says is true then it could change everything for Libby.

Libby’s life is definitely about to change.

Lucy and her children, Stella and Marco have no money and no place to stay.  Lucy hopes she can get her fiddle back so she can start making money again. She looks at the notification from her calendar app on her phone. “The baby is 25”.

Now Lucy needs to get herself, her children, and their dog back to England. There is someone who might help them. She could contact this person or get what she needs illegally. Either way is dangerous.

If only Lucy realized just how dangerous.

Henry was named after his father who was a hard man. His mother, Martina wasn’t the best mum but she wasn’t the worst. Henry remembers the night the woman (with her suitcases and cat) came. They could never have known the impact she (and the others) would have on their lives and how it would all end.

They were only supposed to stay for the weekend!!!

What exactly happened in the house on Cheyne Walk all those years ago?

I thought this was an interesting read.  Lisa Jewell’s stories always pull me in right away and this novel was no different. But after the intriguing start, I did have a hard time staying focused. But because it was an LJ book, I kept reading.

The story alternates between past and present. We hear from quite a few characters. With so many characters and individual storylines, there is a lot going on. Most of the storylines were intriguing, though I liked some more than others. I’m not sure how I felt about the ending. While some character’s stories felt complete, others left me with some unanswered questions. Overall, this was still a good read. I’m glad I stuck with it.

A story about heritage, control, family, secrets, lies, and more!



I’d like to thank Atria Books and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.


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