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The Family Upstairs

A Novel
Written by: Lisa Jewell
Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (233 ratings)

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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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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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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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Slow start. But we’ll worth it

Not a fan of British accents ... and a slow start. But well worth it in the end. Great story and character development.

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Well Done!

I listen to many books and this has been one of the rare gems I have found. Great story!

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Couldn’t stop listening!

I really enjoyed this book for it’s gripping storyline and great performances. Even though critics attack the thinly drawn characters, I found it a very enjoyable book.

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Obsessed

Totally gripping, absolutely incredible story. Loved every minute and couldn’t stop listening! Very well developed. Lisa Jewell is amazing.

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sooooo good!!!

loved listening to this one! so captivating. great read. my favorite audio book so far

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Incredible!

I could have listened to this story forever. So many twists and turns. I hope there’s a little novella or something else because I’m hooked on this family’s history. Everyone who narrated was incredible and honestly their voices are so soothing I wish they narrated everything.

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excellent story

another jewel by Lisa Jewell! I love a great story that keeps me interested to take along on walks and long drives to work or even doing yard and housework. interesting characters and intriguing, intricate story. I've never been disappointed in her books and the voice actors are excellent. a great voice is one you dont notice, it doesn't take you out if the story.

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  • Tawny Hurst
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Marianne Withington
  • 2019-12-14

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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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  • 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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