Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones returns home from work to find the letter she’s been waiting for her entire life. She rips it open with one driving thought: I am finally going to know who I am.
She soon learns not only the identity of her birth parents, but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighbourhood, worth millions. Everything in Libby’s life is about to change. But what she can’t possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well—and she is on a collision course to meet them.
Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone.
There seems to be mixed reviews for this book but I really enjoyed it. The whole thing is super messed up (in a good way!) and the thought behind the plot is super impressive and original.
The Family Upstairs is a disturbing, chilling and intriguing story about what it means to be family and also what it doesn't mean to be family. The characters in this story are very much their own people and the level of complexity behind who they are and who they become throughout the story is beautifully portrayed.
Jewell takes you on an unexpected journey that crosses through time and place and the twists and turns that you encounter throughout the journey are what make this book such a great read.
I love Jewell's style of writing and I really can't wait to read more from her, she is definitely one to watch!
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
“All books are good,' he said...
'They weren't bad books,' Phin countered patiently. 'They were books that you didn't enjoy. It's not the same thing at all. The only bad books are books that are so badly written that no one will publish them. Any book that has been published is going to be a 'good book' for someone.'
I nodded. I couldn't fault his logic.”
Lucy was definitely my favourite. I felt like she had the most depth to her as a character and everything she had been through made her such a strong character.