The Family Upstairs
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.
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.
Just finished #TheFamilyUpstairs and I’m telling you it’s her best book yet – human, gripping, deeply felt, seriously twisty and skilfully plotted. Bravo!
It’s absolutely bloody brilliant and I can’t tell you much I wish I’d written it.
Absolutely brilliant. Great characterisation, a fascinating and dark set up and a great conclusion. She’s always great but this is next level stuff.
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.
A stunning psychological thriller with a dark family story at its centre. Full of atmosphere and menace. I was gripped from the first page.
She's the new Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine. Just mesmerising.
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.
It’s SO GOOD!
I was hooked from the first page, I think it's her best yet and hands down my favourite book so far this year.
I’ve just raced through the brilliantly dark and disturbing The Family Upstairs. Absolutely couldn’t put it down, it’s so good!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
author of In Her Wake
Lisa Jewell is the new Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine. Just mesmerising.
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.
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)