The Picky Bookworm

"Books are a uniquely portable magic." –Stephen King

Lisa Jewell is an author of several other books, none of which I’ve read yet. She is from the UK, so her books are set there. I love anything British, so of course the setting of this book was wonderful. I wish she had given more word space to describing the city.

This is the first book I’ve come across, but I will likely look for her others and give them a shot. I admit I tend to judge a book by its cover, and this was a good one. I was attracted to the cover, and interested in the inside jacket synopsis. I love unique stories, and this book is like nothing I’ve read before.

Publisher: Atria Books 2019, subsidiary of Simon & Schuster, 2019

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The Book

The Family Upstairs is written in 3 different points of view: Libby, a 25 year old kitchen saleswoman who has received a letter telling her she has inherited a huge mansion in Chelsea, London. The house has a weird history, which is given in bits and pieces through Henry, a young man who lived in the house 25 years before. Lucy, a single mom of 2, living in France, has received a mysterious text, “The baby is 25,” so is working her way toward London. How these 3 stories are related is at first slow and frustrating, but as the story progressed, I was drawn into all the characters and found that I couldn’t put the book down.

What I Loved

The mystery was built up enough from the beginning of the book. I love mysteries, and I love stories that I can’t figure out right away. When I find a story that is hard to solve early on, I find myself wanting to read more, because I love that illusion of no answers, and I love the fact that I can’t figure the mystery out right away.

What I Didn’t Love

I have a hard time with books in multiple Point of View. While I agree that it was necessary for this book, and I was able to get used to it, it was something I can’t say I truly enjoyed.


My Rating

I’m going to give this book 4 stars, because in the end I can say I truly enjoyed the book and the story. I can’t give this book 5 stars because I don’t enjoy multiple point of view books. That’s really the only reason, so if those types of books don’t bother you, then I can say you will likely enjoy this book very much.

I did end up loving this book, and think most people should at least give it a chance. I have other books in my collection that I love more than this one, but I may even choose to re-read The Family Upstairs at some other point. I will likely even down some more of Lisa’s books to see how they are. All in all, I enjoyed this story in the end. I hope you do too!

Have you read this book? What did you think? Let me know in the comments! Until next time, bookworms!

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