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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 (380 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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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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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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Gripping

Loved the story. Easy to listen to the narrators. Kept me wanting to learn more from the first chapter.

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thrilling to the end!

The narrators of this book did an excellent job! Very enjoyable listen. The twists and turns!

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SOOOO GOOD.

EXCELLENT story! Could. Not. Stop. Listening. 😁 Highly recommended. Great story, great narration, great all around!

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Couldn’t stop listening

Lisa Jewell a her finest! Excellent plot and character development. Well worth the credit if you like some family intrigue.

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I ate this book up!!

the narration and the story were wonderfully done. Twists and turns kept me addicted and I finished it so quickly ... I couldn't put it down! 👏

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  • 2020-05-05

Very creepy old family history!

Talk about a shocking eye opener into your past. There is nothing quite as shocking as learning you were left alone as a baby while your supposed parents were dead in the kitchen. Another great Lisa Jewel novel!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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