Ugh.. I wanted this book to work for me, but sadly it missed the mark.
I actually ended up enjoying this book a lot more than I thought I would. There was a lull in the first half where I had to remind myself there was some supposed twist coming, but the rest of the book sucked me right in.
Title: The Family Upstairs Author: Lisa Jewell Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction Pages: 340 My Rating: 3 stars This book was a relatively interesting and quick read, but it was lacking anything to truly make it stand out. The chapters are short and easy to burn through, and the characters are all unique... Continue Reading →
My first impression of this book was that it had a relaxed manner and that the characters were going to have a lot of depth. Not a whole lot happened in the first section of the book-aside from a bombing- but there were enough interesting details about the characters and their lives to entice me into continuing further.
Something that stood out with this book from the beginning is that it didn’t follow the formula of every other detective story. Things didn’t happen in the order you’d expect, and that helped to keep the story fresh.
Things in this story felt a little strange straight from the beginning, but not enough that you could put your finger on exactly what was wrong. There was obviously something peculiar going on, but the author did a great job of hinting enough that things became questionable, without giving anything away too early.
I have to admit that I was totally caught off guard by some of the events in this book. Some of the twists I could guess at and had my suspicions over, but at least one thing happened that I really didn’t see coming.
While the overall plot was a bit cookie cutter, I did enjoy this novel, and made it through the story very quickly.
If I was going to compare this book to anything, I’d have to say that it reminded me of Big Little Lies. Everyone has secrets and they’re dragging their children right along with them.