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  • Published: 8 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9781780899206
  • Imprint: Century
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $26.99

The Family Upstairs

The Number One bestseller from the author of Then She Was Gone




***FROM THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THEN SHE WAS GONE***

'I swear I didn’t breathe the whole time I was reading it. Gripping, pacy, brilliantly twisty.’ CLARE MACKINTOSH

‘Creepy, intricate and utterly immersive: an excellent holiday read.' GUARDIAN

‘A twisty and engrossing story of betrayal and redemption.’ IAN RANKIN
____________________________FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THEN SHE WAS GONE
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.
____________________________

'Rich, dark and intricately twisted, this enthralling whodunnit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect.' RUTH WARE
‘You don't read a Lisa Jewell book, you fall into it. It takes huge talent to establish a whole world in the turn of two pages.' ERIN KELLY
'I had an unrelentingly pleasurable and thrilling for-God’s-sake-tell-me-what-happened sensation in my stomach for the entire read ... Stupendous!' RUTH JONES

'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

'Few writers of psychological suspense devise such swift, slippery plots; fewer still people their stories with characters so human and complex. Lisa’s Jewell’s The Family Upstairs glitters like a blade and cuts even deeper.' AJ FINN

'Whenever I pick up a Lisa Jewell novel I know I'm in for a compelling, immersive and unputdownable read and The Family Upstairs is one of her very best' CL TAYLOR

‘I had hoped to save The Family Upstairs for my holiday, but failed miserably ... 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
‘Utterly compelling. Deliciously dark and twisty with characters who live on in your head. Lisa Jewell just keeps getting better and better.’ JANE CORRY

‘This is my pick of the crop of thrillers out this month … Lisa Jewell is brilliant at creating a menacing atmosphere and this is almost unbelievably tense at times.’ GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

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

‘It’s SO GOOD!’ INDIA KNIGHT
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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.’
'Absolutely absorbing ... thoroughly enjoyed it'
'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.'
‘Wow!!’
‘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!’

  • Pub date: 8 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9781780899206
  • Imprint: Century
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $26.99

About the Author

Lisa Jewell

Lisa Jewell was born in London in 1968. 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 lately 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 10 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.

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Praise for The Family Upstairs

“I read it in one sitting. Totally captivated. So dark and cruel and yet still somehow still bearable because her characters are – as ever – among the most fascinating anyone ever writes.”

Adele Parks

“Rich, dark and intricately twisted, this enthralling whodunnit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect.”

Ruth Ware

“I swear I didn’t breathe the whole time I was reading. Gripping, pacy, brilliantly twisty.”

Clare Mackintosh

“You don't read a Lisa Jewell book, you fall into it. It takes huge talent to establish a whole world in the turn of two pages.”

Erin Kelly

“I had an unrelentingly pleasurable and a thrilling for-God’s-sake-tell-me-what-happened sensation in my stomach for the entire read ... Stupendous!”

Ruth Jones

“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

“It’s SO GOOD!”

India Knight

“Yet another brilliant novel... Lisa Jewell is the new Ruth Rendell or Barbara Vine. Just mesmerising.”

Julia Llewellyn Smith

“Creepy, intricate and utterly immersive: an excellent holiday read.”

Guardian

“Twisty and engrossing story of betrayal and redemption. Reminiscent of Donna Tartt in scope and quality”

Ian Rankin

“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

“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

“Whenever I pick up a Lisa Jewell novel I know I'm for a compelling, immersive and unputdownable read and The Family Upstairs is one of her very best. It’s an intriguing, claustrophobic and compelling mystery about a family that comes to stay and refuses to leave. I hugely enjoyed it and couldn't put it down.”

C L Taylor

“It’s absolutely bloody brilliant and I can’t tell you much I wish I’d written it.”

Tammy Cohen

“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

“What. A. Book! Lisa Jewell is a maestro at creating tension, mystery and so many twists but always delivering a truly satisfying ending. I bolted this down in one sitting and was then furious for not pacing myself.”

Red Magazine

“The excitement, the intrigue, the sheer pleasure of reading taboo-breaking work!”

Liz Nugent

“Sinister and gripping, this is a pacy and intoxicating read about a house with some very dark secrets.”

Prima magazine

“This is my pick of the thrillers out this month... Lisa Jewell is brilliant at creating a menacing atmosphere and this is almost unbelievably tense at times.”

Good Housekeeping

“A work of utter genius ... you’re going to love it.”

Mark Edwards

“This sharply characterized mystery is as chilling as it is engrossing. It will make you think twice about who you invite across your threshold.”

Sunday Mirror

“I absolutely loved The Family Upstairs. Intriguing, absorbing, unputdownable with characters so real they jump from the page.”

Laura Marshall

“‘Everything I read by Lisa Jewell holds me in its grip until the pages run out– and The Family Upstairs is no exception... Jewell has such a rare gift for storytelling’”

The Daily Express

“Couldn’t put it down. Wish I’d written it. With characters that light up the pages, a twisty plot which unravels at perfect pace, and a house rammed with the darkest secrets, it’s brilliant.”

Amanda Jennings

“Brilliantly dark and disturbing ... Absolutely couldn’t put it down, it’s so good!”

B.A. Paris

“With its eerie, abandoned home and damaged characters, you’ll need a will of iron to put this all-consuming read down before the end.”

The Daily Mirror

“Bestselling author Lisa Jewell’s twisty psychological thriller unravels the tale of two complicated families, unlocking a mystery that keeps the reader captivated until the final page.”

Hello! magazine

“All I want to do for the rest of the day is find out what’s at the bottom of it all. Too good.”

Fanny Blake

“‘Jewell is at her best unpicking the psychological motives of the main protagonists’”

Irish Daily Mail

“'The perfect poolside read. The perfect anywhere read, tbh. This book is riveting, moving, and out in August. Highest possible level of recommendation.”

Sophie Hannah

“Full of atmosphereand expertly paced, this is a read to race through.”

Best

“Utterly compelling. Deliciously dark and twisty with characters who live on in your head. Lisa Jewell just keeps getting better and better.”

Jane Corry

“Super-readable with twisty turns, this is a stay-up-to-finish-in-the-early-hours read.”

The Sun on Sunday

“This is without a doubt one of my favourite reads of the year.”

Ronnie Turner (Blog)

“Brilliantly dark and unsettling, Lisa Jewell’s latest novel might just be her best yet.”

Culturefly

“Lisa Jewell is the most wonderful writer, and funnily enough we've written about a similar theme with our new books - cults, in microcosm and macrocosm. I can't rant enough about how brilliant The Family Upstairs is.”

Alex Marwood

“‘Outstanding. So compelling, twisty-turny and riveting. I just couldn’t stop reading.’”

Mel Sherratt

“A gripping psychological thriller.”

Choice magazine

“Featuring two entangled families and a house with the darkest of secrets, this is a compulsive new thriller from Lisa Jewell.”

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