The Family Upstairs - Book Review

The Family Upstairs - Book Review

The Family Upstairs ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Author:  Lisa Jewell
Published in:  August 2019
Buy at:  Amazon

“didn’t know who else to turn to. It gives the person you’re trying to manipulate nowhere to go.” ― Lisa Jewell, The Family Upstairs


My first book by Lisa Jewell and I am so glad to have picked it up as one of my backlist titles. 'The Family Upstairs' is a perfect psychological thriller I could hope for to get rid of my reading slump. If you like reading about cults, sociopaths and dark mysteries - this is the book for you!

'The Family Upstairs' revolves around a mansion that Libby finds she has inherited on her 25th birthday. She is shocked and wants to know more about her birth parents. She is about to discover so many truths about her birth parents, her family and the mansion they used to live.

The Family Upstairs - Title Cover - Incredible Opinions

The entire structure of the book has been written skillfully by Jewell. The plot builds slowly but that is the beauty of this thriller which keeps the reader intrigued and turning pages to find out more. It is a quick-paced thriller which flows seamlessly with its twists and turns.

Multiple POVs keep the guessing game on and it is engrossing to be thinking from a sociopath's POV and his justifications. The past period narration builds the backstory as the events unfold in the present.

All the characters are written superbly by the author and none of them seems lost in the plot. They are written in contrast to each other yet complement each other perfectly. There are so many characters to be remembered in the story but they remain intact throughout.

Jewell's writing has been consistent and non-complex throughout the book. Aptly knowing where to throw a twist when the readers think they've figured all out.

I'd highly recommend this book to thriller lovers who love reading about sociopaths, cults and family drama.