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The Family Upstairs

Written by: Lisa Jewell
Narrated by: Tamaryn Payne,Bea Holland,Dom Thornburn
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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author and master of “bone-chilling suspense” (People) comes another pause-resisting look inside one family’s past as buried secrets threaten to come to light.

Gifted musician Clemency Thompson is playing for tourists on the streets of Southern France when she receives an urgent text message. Her childhood friend, Lucy, is demanding her immediate return to London.

It’s happening, says the message. The baby is back.

Libby Jones was only six months old when she became an orphan. Now 25, she’s astounded to learn of an inheritance that will change her life. A gorgeous, dilapidated townhouse in one of London’s poshest neighborhoods has been held in a trust for her all these years. Now, it’s hers.

As Libby investigates the story of her birth parents and the dark legacy of her new home, Clemency and Lucy are headed her way to uncover, and possibly protect, secrets of their own. What really happened in that rambling Chelsea mansion when they were children? And are they still at risk?

Jewell’s novels have been praised as “sure to please fans of Ruth Ware and A.J. Finn” (Library Journal), and her latest is no exception. The Family Upstairs will keep you guessing until the very end.

©2019 Lisa Jewell (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Sample contains spoilers

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it, but I listened to the full sample before downloading. Instead of being from the first chapter or two like usual, it’s from a chapter near the end of book and references info you don’t get until past halfway through.

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Kept me hooked!

I enjoyed this book from start to finish. I will be adding more of this author to my collection!!

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Riveting, great writing & great performances!

I thoroughly enjoy a good mystery. This is very compelling - plus the performances are really great. I will be seeking more of the author’s books pronto!

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This was INSANE

I have no idea why it took me so long to write a review of this book, considering how amazing it was. Seriously, this story was all kinds of crazy and it was an awesome ride. You really need to experience it for yourself, so if you are considering purchasing, just do it!!

My second Lisa Jewell book and I plan on checking out more!!

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captivating, emotional

Some terms are difficult to hear, but I agree they needed to be said. I found the perspective of the lawyer fascinating.

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Couldn’t turn it off!

Read so we’ll I was transfixed by this story. It kept the suspense and intrigue to the last word!

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  • JOY
  • 2019-11-28

A great read

I like books that keep me coming thinking.
Kept me on my toes.
A nice change

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Addictive

This book had me hooked from the beginning, and it was so well written. In the end I felt like there was one character that didn’t fully come together.. and left me feeling like it was unfinished. Maybe I just missed something.

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Brilliant

Jewell is a weaver! These charcters and how they pass into each others lives... brilliant.
I wish I'd known this was the prequel to The Family Remains, When I started listening, I was confused by the story, as I felt I'd already listened to it, but a bit of digging and I understood why this book and Family Remains are woven in and around each other so well...

Loved them both - and this is usually not the genre I gravitate to.

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Interesting twist

The performances brought the whole story to the next level. It’s interesting and entertaining at time’s predictable but still intriguing.

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  • Tawny
  • 2019-11-06

Did Not Disappoint... I LOVE LISA JEWELL

I am picky, and have never waited for any author to come out with a new book except for Lisa Jewell. The story is creative... and so many emotions: sad, funny, intense & dark all at the same time. These narrators— SO GOOD!! All of them. Henry’s narrator made me laugh so many times. Please... write another one soon!

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  • Ann o.
  • 2019-12-20

Pointless

So Bad, Story line was all over the place. And came to a dumb semi conclusion. I would not recommend this book!!

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  • Amanda N Collins
  • 2019-11-18

Just left me hanging

I was so into this book I binged nearly 10 hours straight. All the while expecting the boogeyman to emerge with a last minute twist. And then nothing...
My jaw literally hung open after the last sentence was read with disbelief. I was left thinking, so what was the point. Great character development, awesome narration but the ending fell flat.

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  • Cat Lover
  • 2019-11-10

Confusing. Just ok.

I loved Lisa Jewell’s other books and pre-ordered this one. It fell flat for me. The first half of the book was slow, disjointed and confusing with so many characters. The second half was better, but I had hoped for so much more. I kept waiting for some bombshell to be revealed that I didn’t see coming to make this journey all worth it and it never happened. I’m surprised by all of the rave reviews. I’ll continue to be a Lisa Jewell fan but really - this was a disappointment.

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  • Megandci
  • 2019-11-19

Beyond disappointed! Not Lisa Jewell’s writing?!?

I couldn’t wait for it to end. Nothing like her popular novels. No mystery worth caring about, no suspense, no deep and relatable characters. Boring and lacking in imagination. Good to fall asleep to!

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  • Shontay
  • 2019-11-07

Good Listen

This is my third listen from Lisa Jewell and I was not disappointed. The book was good, A bit short, and leaves you wondering if there will be a part 2. I really enjoy her imagination and her writing.

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  • Jan Campanaro
  • 2019-12-10

The Family Upstairs

Too many characters and I bought this based on jewell's book THEN SHE WAS GONE A FIVE 🌟 THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS WAS VERY BAD, THE STORY. I WOULDN'T RECOMMEND IT.

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  • Amy Stricklin
  • 2019-11-20

Ending?? Really???

Not a bad book but I really hated the ending!!!
I would not recommend this to anyone

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  • Marianne Withington
  • 2019-12-14

Vague

This story was difficult to follow, and I am not sure I understood it fully, which to my mind is not the benchmark of a good novel.

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  • Anne M Welsh
  • 2020-01-01

Terrible ending to an interesting story

The only thing I disliked was the ending. The performance was good, but the story didn’t really wind down it just ended.

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