The Family Upstairs

By Lisa Jewell

I was craving a book that I didn’t want to put down and would stick with me, and this book definitely was both of these things. I listened to the audiobook, which was very well produced. Three different narrators read the three different points of view to great affect. Not knowing who you could trust, but falling easily into the story was very intriguing.

The author said she was inspired to write this book after seeing a woman and her young kids using a shower at a private beach in France and she started to wonder about her life. What she has imagined is a heartbreaking and twisted story of neglectful parents, confused children, and the manipulative adults who insert themselves into their lives. The lines between good and evil and right and wrong are not clear here – and the reader is forced to be ok with this.

There were some twists in this book that some may have seen coming (I did not see the big twists, personally) but were still able to capture the reader’s attention. 

This was my first Lisa Jewell book but I already picked up another one by her. 


Review by Michele W.

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