Review | The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewel

“It all happened so slowly, yet so extraordinarily quickly, the change to our parents, to our home, to our lives after they arrived. But that first night, when Birdie appeared on our front step with two large suitcases and a cat in a wicker box, we could never have guessed the impact she would have, the other people she would bring into our lives, that it would all end the way it did.
We thought she had just come to stay for the weekend.”
4.25/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: black robes, fake passports, herbs, fancy apartments, fiddles, music videos, hippies and a rabbit’s foot.

My first Lisa Jewell book – and the first of many, I hope!

I actually enjoyed this a lot! I have to admit the storyline is a little weird and creepy, but it’s engaging and it will make you hooked from the start.

I’m going to try to keep this very vague because, of course, it’s a mystery novel. In this book, our main character Libby, who just turned 25 years old, inherits an old mansion from her biological family. She was adopted when she was only a few months old and she doesn’t know much about her biological family, but she then discovers through some newspaper articles that her biological parents died in a very weird way, inside of the house she’s inheriting. And that’s all I’m going to say about the plot!

The story occurs in two timelines, past and present, and there are three points of view from which we don’t know much about until the story develops and converges. The plot itself is very complex and overall well made, and the mystery is layered so you discover something new in each chapter, making it easy to keep the interest in the story. I would describe this as a lighter thriller, stronger on the mystery aspect.

I personally really liked the ending and how disturbing it was. I wouldn’t consider it an open-ending, but there isn’t a solid conclusion to the story. I will say it’s not an ambiguous ending in the sense that the story feels incomplete, so I didn’t have a problem with that.I liked this a lot! If you like thrillers/mysteries that involve dysfunctional, weird families, this is a good one to pick up.

xoxo, Neide

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