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Title: The Family Upstairs
Author: Lisa Jewell
Page count: 338
Libby Jones was adopted when she was 10 months old, and for her whole life, those first 10 months were a mystery, not only to her, but to everyone else. She was found in a crib, in a mansion with 3 dead adults, the deaths of which is a mystery, as is the location of the other 4 children who lived in the house. Now, at 25, Libby holds an envelope with documents telling her that the mansion she was found in is now hers, the same mansion where, unbeknownst to her, more than just answers to the questions about her identity is waiting for her. .
I'm a sucker for a good thriller and wow was this a good one. The story itself was intriguing enough, but the different perspectives really were the cherry on top. In a story that is slowly building to finding out who Libby is and what happened in the Chelsea mansion, the perspectives of Henry, Libby and Lucy takes you by the hand as they are all journeying from different spots in the world back to where it all began. I found the story heartbreaking, infuriating, and all around intensely emotional, and I had a hard time putting the book down. However, while I didnt wholly dislike the ending, it seemed to end in a different tone than I was expecting after reading the rest of the book, so that fell a little flat for me. Overall, though, I definitely think this book lived up to its hype.