The Family Upstairs

Atria. Nov. 2019. 320p. ISBN 9781501190100. pap. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781501190124. SUSPENSE
Jewell’s tenth novel (after Watching You) starts with Libby, who just turned 25, inheriting a London townhouse worth millions from her biological parents. She was told that her parents died in a car crash, but that was a lie to shield her. In fact, she was discovered as a baby in the townhouse, well cared for but with the decaying bodies of her parents and an unknown man. The police report says that all three adults died in a suicide pact. But did they? Neighbors, although rarely seeing anyone, thought several children and adults were living there. Where are they? And where is Libby’s older brother and sister? Libby can’t rest until she discovers what happened to her and her family all those years ago.
VERDICT Readers won’t be able to put this novel down. Just when they think they have figured it all out, the story twists and turns right up to the last chilling line. Highly recommended for fans of authors such as Gillian Flynn and V.C. Andrews. [See Prepub Alert, 4/8/19.]
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