Lisa Jewell

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The Family Upstairs

book | Fiction | Aug 2019
UK & Comm → Penguin Random House

You thought they were just staying for the weekend. They looked harmless enough – with only two suitcases and a cat in a wicker box.

But soon things turn very, very dark. It happens slowly, yet so extraordinarily quickly.

Now you and your sister must find a way to survive…


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Reminiscent of Donna Tartt in scope and quality.

Ian Rankin

It's an utter triumph -- swiftly paced and figure-eight twisty, yes, but also emotionally resonant. That's Lisa's secret sauce, if you ask me: her characters genuinely engage the reader.

AJ Finn

Just finished #TheFamilyUpstairs and I’m telling you it’s her best book yet – human, gripping, deeply felt, seriously twisty and skilfully plotted. Bravo!

Paul Burston

It’s absolutely bloody brilliant and I can’t tell you much I wish I’d written it.

Tammy Cohen

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

I read it in one sitting. Totally captivated. So dark and cruel and yet still somehow still bearable because her characters are - as ever - amongst the most fascinating anyone ever writes.

Adele Parks

A stunning psychological thriller with a dark family story at its centre. Full of atmosphere and menace. I was gripped from the first page.

Elly Griffiths

She's the new Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine. Just mesmerising.

Julia Llewellyn Smith

You don’t read a Lisa Jewell novel, you fall into it. It takes huge talent to establish a whole world in the turn of two pages.

Erin Kelly


India Knight

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
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I’ve just raced through the brilliantly dark and disturbing The Family Upstairs. Absolutely couldn’t put it down, it’s so good!

B A Parris
author of Behind Closed Doors

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 it is.

Alex Marwood
author of The Wicked Girls

The perfect poolside read. The perfect anywhere read, tbh. This book is riveting, moving, and out in August. Highest possible level of recommendation.

Sophie Hannah
author of The Mystery of Three Quarters

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.

CL Taylor
author of The Missing

Utterly compelling. Deliciously dark and twisty with characters who live on in your head. Lisa Jewell just keeps getting better and better.

Jane Corry
author of My Husband's Wife

Wow. Lisa Jewell has done it again. I absolutely loved The Family Upstairs. Intriguing, absorbing, unputdownable with characters so real they jump from the page.

Laura Marshall
author of Three Little Lies

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!

Paul Burston
author of The Closer I Get

The Family Upstairs is a corker! 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.

Amanda Jennings
author of In Her Wake

Lisa Jewell is the new Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine. Just mesmerising.

Julia Llewellyn Smith
author of Lovestruck

Lisa Jewell owes me a day of my holiday that I’ve spent not swimming or chatting or doing anything except reading The Family Upstairs. It’s absolutely bloody brilliant.

Tammy Cohen
author of They All Fall Down

“Creepy, intricate and utterly immersive: an excellent holiday read.”

The Guardian

"un-put-downable...distinct, well-developed characters, shifting points of view, and a disturbing narrative that pulses with life create an enthralling tale full of surprises."

Publishers Weekly (starred)

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