Wednesday 7 August 2019

Review ~ The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

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8 August 2019

My thanks to the publishers for my copy of this book

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…

What did I think about it...

On her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Louise Jones inherits an eight bedroom house in an exclusive part of Chelsea and even as this bequest fills her with excited trepidation, it also opens up a world of dark secrets and deadly memories which Libby never knew existed. And that's about as much as I can give away without revealing any spoilers as, believe me, this book absolutely needs to be read without any preconceived idea of what is about to be revealed over the course of the story.

The Family Upstairs is written with a delicious air of creeping menace, and there is never a moment when the story doesn't grab your total attention. However, as this unsettling story gains momentum, and moving as it does between time frames and characters, you really do have to keep your wits about you so that you can absorb everything that the author reveals in tantalizing detail. Some characters you will love from the start, whilst others are so abhorrent they make your flesh creep, and that's where the absolute strength of this story lies, so that even the most vile characters are filled with a menacing sort of  charm.

To say I was completely hooked on this story is an understatement. I was so reluctant to put it down and eager to read more, that I carried the book like a precious parcel from room to room, snatching a clever sentence here, or an engrossing chapter there, and always with the burning desire to discover more about the occupants of 16, Cheyne Walk, SW3.

The Family Upstairs is a powerful psychological thriller which had me hooked from first page to last and is definitely up there as one of my reads of the year.

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