The Number One bestseller from the author of Then She Was Gone
***FROM THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THEN SHE WAS GONE***
‘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
'The perfect poolside read. The perfect anywhere read, to be honest. This book is riveting, moving, and out in August. Highest possible level of recommendation.' SOPHIE HANNAH
‘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
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.’
'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.'
‘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!’
“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.”
“Rich, dark and intricately twisted, this enthralling whodunnit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect.”
“I swear I didn’t breathe the whole time I was reading. Gripping, pacy, brilliantly twisty.”
“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.”
“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!”
“A stunning psychological thriller with a dark family story at its centre. Full of atmosphere and menace. I was gripped from the first page.”
“It’s SO GOOD!”
“Yet another brilliant novel... Lisa Jewell is the new Ruth Rendell or Barbara Vine. Just mesmerising.”
Julia Llewellyn Smith
“Twisty and engrossing story of betrayal and redemption. Reminiscent of Donna Tartt in scope and quality”
“Absolutely brilliant. Great characterisation, a fascinating and dark set up and a great conclusion. She’s always great but this is next level stuff.”
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“The excitement, the intrigue, the sheer pleasure of reading taboo-breaking work!”
“Sinister and gripping, this is a pacy and intoxicating read about a house with some very dark secrets.”
“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.”
“A work of utter genius ... you’re going to love it.”
“This sharply characterized mystery is as chilling as it is engrossing. It will make you think twice about who you invite across your threshold.”
“I absolutely loved The Family Upstairs. Intriguing, absorbing, unputdownable with characters so real they jump from the page.”
“‘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.”
“Brilliantly dark and disturbing ... Absolutely couldn’t put it down, it’s so good!”
“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.”
“All I want to do for the rest of the day is find out what’s at the bottom of it all. Too good.”
“‘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.”
“Utterly compelling. Deliciously dark and twisty with characters who live on in your head. Lisa Jewell just keeps getting better and better.”
“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.”