Review | The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

Hello, fellow readers! Several weeks ago, I received an email from NetGalley inviting me to read and review Lisa Jewell’s newest novel, The Family Upstairs. The synopsis was intriguing so I went for it (I would definitely not read the full synopsis if you plan to read this one though). I have a bad habit of missing publication dates for my NetGalley titles, but this book happened to fit several of the challenges for Nightmareathon, so I decided to read it then. I finished the book within 24 hours because I had to know what was going to happen!


Description: Libby, who was adopted when she was a baby, receives a letter on her 25th birthday informing her she has inherited a house from her birth parents. She is excited to finally know who she is and where she comes from, but she is not prepared for what she discovers.

What I Liked: .The Family Upstairs is the ultimate chilling, suspenseful read for the spooky season! The book is written from three different perspectives, which is not usually my favorite thing, but Jewell does this so well. I feel like the multiple perspectives are a big reason why I was able to finish this book so quickly. Two of the characters are in present day and another character is giving their account of what happened in the past. I loved the character development as we discovered more about Libby’s family and what happened in her house.

What I Didn’t Like: There was not a huge plot twist that left me shocked. There were a couple of reveals that had me gasping, but since the reveals were a 50/50 chance each time, I never felt overwhelmed by a twist. But to be honest, very few books ever leave me with this feeling. The only two that come to mind are Lock Every Door and Behind Her Eyes because I never saw the ending of those books coming!

Final Thoughts: I gave this book five chilling stars because the story kept me guessing and I could not put this book down! This story could easily happen in real life, and that made it even creepier to me. I would definitely go in to this story blind though. I feel like the full plot synopsis (I tried to keep my synopsis above as vague as possible) gives too much away and makes certain reveals very obvious.


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