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The Family Upstairs: The #1 bestseller and gripping Richard & Judy Book Club pick Paperback – 3 March 2020
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Rich, dark and intricately twisted, this enthralling whodunnit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect.
Twisty and engrossing story of betrayal and redemption. Reminiscent of Donna Tartt in scope and quality
Few writers of psychological suspense devise such swift, slippery plots; fewer still people their stories with characters so human and complex. Lisa’s Jewell’s The Family Upstairs glitters like a blade and cuts even deeper.
Creepy, intricate and utterly immersive: an excellent holiday read. ― Guardian
- Publisher : ARROW LTD - MASS MARKET (3 March 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1787461483
- ISBN-13 : 978-1787461482
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Set in multiple time lines and shown from the different perspectives of two character. Libby is a relateable character and her desire to understand her familial history after being adopted is the driving plot point of this book, with flashes to 25years earlier from her brothers perspective give us an insight into really what happened and the mysteries surrounding her birth parents.
This book has heavy themes of abuse, manipulation, and gaslighting, while touching on the subjects of honour, love, respect and fear.
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The characters were undeveloped which left many gaps. For example, why was the mother so easily swayed by Thomsen when she seemingly had it all? How did the family go broke before the cult formed. How did Birdie meet Thomsen?
It was a bit unrealistic: why would a GP smuggle children to France and dump them on a farm? What house in London would be unoccupied for 25 years without squatters? Libby and Miller suspected their phone had been tampered with but didn't think to buy a cheap pay as you go for their investigation. Didn't social services exist in the 90s? No visits from the school.
I could go on and on.
i didn't love this 1 at all but have loved lisas other books was really disappointed
to have spent £7.99 on this