The #1 bestseller and gripping Richard & Judy Book Club pick
***FROM THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THEN SHE WAS GONE***
'Really good, gripping. I couldn't bear for it to finish... I don't want to move onto the next book too soon as it feels like a betrayal.' OLIVIA COLMAN
'I swear I didn't breathe the whole time I was reading it. Gripping, pacy, brilliantly twisty.' CLARE MACKINTOSH
'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
'Creepy, intricate and utterly immersive: an excellent holiday read.' GUARDIAN
'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
'This twisty, atmospheric thriller is Lisa's best yet' Bookclub's Book of the Month in GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
'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
'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
'I loved The Family Upstairs!' SARAH JESSICA PARKER
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.'
'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 swear I didn’t breathe the whole time I was reading. Gripping, pacy, brilliantly twisty.”
“Rich, dark and intricately twisted, this enthralling whodunnit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect.”
“Twisty and engrossing story of betrayal and redemption. Reminiscent of Donna Tartt in scope and quality”
“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.”
“Creepy, intricate and utterly immersive: an excellent holiday read.”
“The Family Upstairs was a great read! Loved this page-turner by Lisa Jewell.”
“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!”
“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.”
“Absolutely brilliant. Great characterisation, a fascinating and dark set up and a great conclusion. She’s always great but this is next level stuff.”
“Rich in mystery from the very first page and Lisa Jewell’s best book yet.”
“A stunning psychological thriller with a dark family story at its centre. Full of atmosphere and menace. I was gripped from the first page.”
“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.”
“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
“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.”
“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.”
“This is a deeply twisted story of dysfunctional missing siblings and an insidious cult… Lisa Jewell demonstrates once again that she isn't afraid of pushing domestic noir to the crevices of its darkest extremes.”
“Sinister and gripping, this is a pacy and intoxicating read about a house with some very dark secrets.”
“It has everything you want from a great crime novel. Unpredictable story-telling, suspense and unreliable characters. It took just one 4 hour sitting for me to fly through this.”
“‘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’”
“Lisa Jewell is brilliant at creating a menacing atmosphereand this is almost unbearably tense at times, with a knock-the-wind-out-of-you ending.”
“This sharply characterized mystery is as chilling as it is engrossing. It will make you think twice about who you invite across your threshold.”
“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
“I loved The Family Upstairs!!”
Sarah Jessica Parker
“Full of atmosphereand expertly paced, this is a read to race through.”
“‘Jewell is at her best unpicking the psychological motives of the main protagonists’”
Irish Daily Mail
“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.”
“Yet another brilliant novel... Lisa Jewell is the new Ruth Rendell or Barbara Vine. Just mesmerising.”
Julia Llewellyn Smith
“It’s SO GOOD!”
“The excitement, the intrigue, the sheer pleasure of reading taboo-breaking work!”
“It’s absolutely bloody brilliant and I can’t tell you much I wish I’d written it.”
“From a stack of amazing crime novels in 2019, I have to choose The Family Upstairs…Jewell is brilliant at twisting plot strands from the past and present into a tense story that I read in one sitting. I'm still thinking about the ending!”
Jane Casey, Irish Independent
“Super-readable with twisty turns, this is a stay-up-to-finish-in-the-early-hours read.”
Sun on Sunday
“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!”
“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! 2019’s best thriller and a one-sitting read.”
“Brilliantly dark and unsettling, Lisa Jewell’s latest novel might just be her best yet.”
“A work of utter genius ... you’re going to love it.”
“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.”
“I absolutely loved The Family Upstairs. Intriguing, absorbing, unputdownable with characters so real they jump from the page.”
“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!”
“‘Outstanding. So compelling, twisty-turny and riveting. I just couldn’t stop reading.’”
“All I want to do for the rest of the day is find out what’s at the bottom of it all. Too good.”
“Utterly compelling. Deliciously dark and twisty with characters who live on in your head. Lisa Jewell just keeps getting better and better.”
“Compelling and suspenseful for a long and chilly autumn night’s reading.”
“A gripping psychological thriller.”
“This is without a doubt one of my favourite reads of the year.”
Ronnie Turner (Blog)
“Featuring two entangled families and a house with the darkest of secrets, this is a compulsive new thriller from Lisa Jewell.”
“From the first page we were hooked. If you’ve got a lazy day planned over the Christmas break, this is the type of novel you could read in a day…It makes us shiver just sharing the plot and we guarantee you’ll be on the edge of your seats throughout.”
Yahoo! Style UK
“Of the crop of great thrillers out this year, this is my pick [...] Lisa Jewell is brilliant at creating a menacing atmosphereand this is almost unbearably tense at times, with a knock-the-wind-out-of-you ending.”
“An enthralling tale rich in psychological suspense that mixes family saga with domestic noir.”
“Part family saga and part-psychological thriller, this is an exceptional read.”
“Perfect book to inhale by the fire. Had no idea how creepy and nuanced it would be but couldn’t put it down and stayed up half the night reading it. Highly recommend.”