This is what This is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf feels like…
Deadly secrets, nasty neighbors, sibling rivalry, BFFs, cold case in a small town.
This is what This is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf feels like…
Deadly secrets, nasty neighbors, sibling rivalry, BFFs, cold case in a small town.
⇒ Blog Tour | With the eccentricity of Fargo and the intensity of Sadie, THIS IS HOW I LIED by Heather Gudenkauf is a timely and gripping thriller about careless violence we can inflict on those we love, and the lengths we will go to make it right, even 25 years later. –This Is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf ⇐
**Many thanks to Park Row Books and the author for the opportunity to read a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Author: Heather Gudenkauf
(4.27 stars – Goodreads rating)
Genre: Fiction / Mystery / Thriller / Suspense
Publication Date: May 12, 2020, by Park Row Books
Pages: 336 (Kindle version)
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Dark places made it so much easier to be cruel, to exact revenge.
Sugar and spice and everything nice, that's what little girls are made of...
We’ve all heard that popular little nursery rhyme touting the sweet attributes of precious little girls. But This is How I Lied is a murder mystery, not a nursery rhyme, so perhaps the more appropriate lyrics for this particular book would be those from Donna Summer (it’s disco, look it up)…
Toot toot, hey, beep beep You bad girl, you sad girl You're such a naughty bad girl Beep beep, uh huh
You’ve gotta love a book with a really bad girl in it (or two). I think I first learned to appreciate the novelty of the female villain by watching Disney movies; Maleficent (the original animated version) and Ursula the Sea Witch are legit frighteningly evil characters! Later, I loved reading about diabolical female serial killer Gretchen Lowell in Chelsea Cain’s HeartSick series. Bad girls just draw us in! What motivates them? Why are they so damaged? Why aren’t they sugar and spice and everything nice?
That’s what captivates us – the bad boys are bad, but the bad girls are better! But before we get too far ahead, let’s check out the blurb…
Tough as nails and seven months pregnant, Detective Maggie Kennedy-O’Keefe of Grotto PD, is dreading going on desk duty before having the baby her and her husband so badly want. But when new evidence is found in the 25-year-old cold case of her best friend’s murder that requires the work of a desk jockey, Maggie jumps at the opportunity to be the one who finally puts Eve Knox’s case to rest.
Maggie has her work cut out for her. Everyone close to Eve is a suspect. There’s Nola, Eve’s little sister who’s always been a little… off; Nick, Eve’s ex-boyfriend with a vicious temper; a Schwinn riding drifter who blew in and out of Grotto; even Maggie’s husband Sean, who may have known more about Eve’s last day than he’s letting on. As Maggie continues to investigate, the case comes closer and closer to home, forcing her to confront her own demons before she can find justice for Eve.
People get what they deserve.
All is not right in the small town of Grotto, Iowa. Fifteen-year-old Eve is dead and the police can’t pin down the murderer. In any crime mystery worth its salt, you have a healthy lineup of credible suspects. If you only have one or two, it’s too easy for the mystery to fall flat. This is How I Lied goes full tilt on the suspects.
We’ve got an angry, violent ex-boyfriend, a creepy neighbor who’s a little too interested in young girls, a handsy drifter, a secretive husband, and then there’s Nola – Eve’s little sister who the whole town describes as a weird, crazy, evil genius. An evil genius who did not get along with Eve (or anyone else for that matter).
If you don’t understand how things die how can you understand how they live?
We’re conditioned to immediately point the finger at the ex-boyfriend, the shady stranger, or the man who’s keeping secrets because, after all, frogs and snails and puppy dog’s tails – that’s what little boys are made of. Right? But the way Gudenkauf writes Nola Knox, you can’t take your eyes off of her on the page. Her devil-may-care attitude, her reclusive lifestyle, her many many secrets. Readers love characters like her, you love to hate her.
So… whodunit? Unh, unh. I’m not telling! You won’t get any spoilers here. Plus, the truth behind all the lies is so unexpected and teeter-tottery that you’ll devour the last few chapters all while holding your breath!
This is a fast-paced, engaging read by an experienced author who knows how to play on our emotions. I love the multiple POV, the bouncy timeline, and the unreliable narrators. There are specific triggers that might offend sensitive readers (including domestic/physical abuse, sexual abuse of a minor, animal abuse, and abuse of a senior), so be warned.
This is my first Gudenkauf novel, so I can’t compare This is How I Lied to any of her other book, but if this one is at all representative of her work, then count me as a fan!
This is How I Lied is available now at any of the following retailers:
Heather Gudenkauf is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many books, including The Weight of Silence and These Things Hidden. Heather graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in elementary education, has spent her career working with students of all ages. She lives in Iowa with her husband, three children, and a very spoiled German Shorthaired Pointer named Lolo. In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with her family, reading, hiking, and running.
This is what The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware feels like…
Ambitious babysitting, questionable architecture, possessed tech, sketchy sisters, opinionated spectres.
⇒“I know you don’t know me but you have to help me. I didn’t kill anyone.” -The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware ⇐
Author: Ruth Ware
(3.97 stars – Goodreads rating)
Genre: Fiction / Thriller / Mystery
Publication Date: August 6, 2019, by Gallery/Scout Press (Simon Schuster Audio)
Pages: 337 (Hardcover)
People do go mad, you know, if you stop them from sleeping for long enough…
Have you ever gone to a wedding reception, looked over, and marveled at a beautiful, intricately designed, smooth surfaced wedding cake? You know that bakers use fondant to create those ultra-smooth surfaces. Fondant gives cakes a designer look – it says, I am the best of the best. You add a lot when you add fondant to a cake: details, decoration, … cost. Where and I going with this? Let’s read the blurb and I’ll tell you why this book reminds me of fondant…
When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.
What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.
She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.
The ghosts wouldn’t like it.
OK, so what does a thriller/mystery have to do with cake icing? Well, fondant cakes are gorgeous, but fondant itself is disgusting. It tastes like sugar glued to plastic. And sometimes it makes the entire piece of cake inedible. Although you eagerly anticipate getting a slice of that beautiful cake, in the end there is only disappointment.
There is a lot to unpack in this book, but only because so much was added to make you think you are getting a great ghost story/psych thriller layered with deception and danger. But in the end, all of that is just a plate full of inedible fondant, and it is disappointing.
Piece by piece, I was being torn apart.
Adapted from Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, this book ebbs and flows through the spooky supernatural and the naughty natural to present a tangled mess of a novel with an ambiguous ending that ties readers in knots. Normally a raw finish wouldn’t necessarily be a negative – especially with psych thrillers – but this one had SO many ups and downs throughout, readers deserved a more solid conclusion.
If Ware was attempting to emulate James with her “what the heck happened?” ending, it fell flat. Instead of feeling like a true mystery worthy of reflection, it felt unfinished with a thousand questions unanswered.
I struggled with this review at first – I like Ruth Ware and I never want to give any hard-working author a negative review. But I also understand that I can’t always only post reviews for books I like. So, I’ll embrace this two-star rating today and hope for better next week. I mean, what do I know – you may just like the potty-mouth nanny and the Elincourt’s poisonous progeny. I won’t judge.
However, if you’re looking for a haunted manor/spooked-out governess story, my advice is to stick with the original and read The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.
READ THE FIRST CHAPTER OF THE TURN OF THE KEY HERE
Check out Ruth Ware’s Turn of the Key web page for some extras that are actually more interesting than the book!
Ruth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer. She is married with two small children, and In a Dark, Dark Wood is her debut thriller. -bio from Goodreads
⇒ Blog Tour | “Psychopaths were born and bred, created from both nature and nurture. They would keep coming, and nothing she did could deter them from their destructive path.” – The Third to Die ⇐
**Many thanks to Harlequin/MIRA and the author for the opportunity to read a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Author: Allison Brennan
(4.05 stars – Goodreads rating)
Genre: Crime Fiction / Mystery / Thriller / Suspense
Publication Date: February 4, 2020, by Harlequin / MIRA
Pages: 464 (Kindle version)
#TheThirdtoDie #ThirdtoDie #3rdtoDie #AllisonBrennan #MIRABooks
Rage filled his veins, memories of the past, the light and the dark, the good and the very, very bad.
You know that feeling when you get in on the very beginning of something that hasn’t hit the mainstream yet, but you just know it’s gonna be huge? I had that feeling decades ago while listening to Jodeci’s demo tape (yes, I said tape!) at an artists exhibition, again when I signed up for Netflix in their first year of operation, and again when I saw Jason Momoa in his first episode of Stargate Atlantis. All three times, I was right – huge.
Any time an author begins a new series, so much rides on that very first book. Will be a hit or a miss? Either one will determine the fate of the series. However, Allison Brennan has nothing to worry about with this beginning to her Mobile Response Team series. Let’s check out the blurb:
Detective Kara Quinn is visiting her hometown of Liberty Lake, Washington, after being placed on administrative leave by the LAPD, when she comes upon the mutilated body of a young nurse during an early morning jog. The manner of death is clearly ritualistic; she calls it in. Meanwhile back in DC, special agent in charge Mattias Costa is meticulously staffing his newly-minted Mobile Response Team. One of his first recruits is the brilliant FBI forensic psychologist Catherine Jones. When word reaches Matt that the Washington state murder appears to be the work of the Triple Killer–it will be the first case for the MRT. Jones has done the only profile on this serial killer, but she is reluctant to join the unit, still shaken by the death of her sister a year ago under circumstances for which she holds herself responsible. But only she holds the key to understanding the killer’s obsessive pattern–three murder victims, three deep slashes a piece, each three days apart, each series beginning on a March 3rd–3/3, then a three-year hiatus before he strikes again.
This time they have a chance to stop him before he claims another victim strikes, but only if they can figure out who he is and where is is hiding.
She had certainly worked her fair share of cases and tended to think like a criminal. Maybe because she’d been raised by two criminals.
So what does The Third to Die have going for it that already has me buying into a whole series that hasn’t even been written yet? It’s that same type of feeling I get when I know something’s going to be successful.
The Third to Die has all the hallmarks that readers are looking for in great suspense thrillers: diabolical crimes, an elusive criminal with a deep-seated vendetta, and a custom-made team of detectives intent on keeping everyone alive.
Allison Brennan gives us characters who are almost instantly compelling with gritty backgrounds, lost loves, and personal flaws included. This is a series to watch/read for lovers of FBI crime dramas and procedurals or for those who love series featuring seriously twisted bad people.
The writing is taut and moves along steadily up until the end, when the pace quickens and readers are greedily swept along with the intense action. I was not bored one minute, and this story did not suffer as so many others do with a long, complicated explanation of motives and methods. In this one, everyone just does their thing – both good and bad – and the reader is along for the ride; just like I like it!
He needed to release these demons, this overwhelming craving to punish those who were weak. Pathetic. Losers.
As you know, sometimes new things stake a while to catch on. I told many people about Jason Momoa back in his Stargate Atlantis days and 99% of them said, “Who?” Now, after also bringing Conan, Khal Drogo, and Aquaman to the screen, he’s pretty big stuff. I’ll go ahead and pat myself on the back for calling that one. So, trust me when I say that you should check out The Third to Die by Allison Brennan and get ready to follow Kara, Matt, and Catherine into all of their worst nightmares.
The Third to Die will be available February 4, 2020 at any of the following retailers:
Allison Brennan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of three dozen thrillers and numerous short stories. Allison believes life is too short to be bored, so she had five kids. Allison and her family live in Arizona. Visit her at allisonbrennan.com
⇒“Writing a murder mystery is like trying to braid a spiderweb, thousands of threads stick to your fingers and break if you don’t keep your focus.” -The Tenant ⇐
**Many thanks to NetGalley, Scout Press, and the author for the opportunity to read a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Author: Katrine Engberg
(3.67 stars – Goodreads rating)
Genre: Crime Fiction / Mystery
Publication Date: January 14, 2020, by Scout Press
Pages: 368 (Kindle version)
Sound is equivalent to life, except when the sound is a doorbell bearing bad news, then sound is equivalent to death.
We’ve all heard the saying that art imitates life. Is it true, and is it equally true the other way around? I think a solid argument for either is demonstrated very well in The Tenant. Here’s the blurb…
When a young woman is discovered brutally murdered in her own apartment, with an intricate pattern of lines carved into her face, Copenhagen police detectives Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner are assigned to the case. In short order, they establish a link between the victim, Julie Stender, and her landlady, Esther de Laurenti, who’s a bit too fond of drink and the host of raucous dinner parties with her artist friends. Esther also turns out to be a budding novelist—and when Julie turns up as a murder victim in the still-unfinished mystery she’s writing, the link between fiction and real life grows both more urgent and more dangerous.
But Esther’s role in this twisted scenario is not quite as clear as it first seems. Is she the culprit—or just another victim, trapped in a twisted game of vengeance? Anette and Jeppe must dig more deeply into the two women’s pasts to discover the identity of the brutal puppet-master pulling the strings in this electrifying literary thriller.
A lack of evidence and divergent theories are not the optimum combination for solving a crime.
I started out loving this book. There’s just something about Scandinavian crime-fighters that piques my morbid interest. We’ve got Danish backdrops, imperfect main characters, a grisly murder, and a killer who is going off the rails. Can it get any better? The jury’s still out on that.
Although I do consider this a good series debut for Anette and Jeppe’s characters, somewhere in the middle the wheels fell off. Were there too many suspects? Too much internal conversation? Too much of not enough? I can’t precisely put my finger on it, but whatever it was, it made a good book just not quite click for me.
The second we die, we become someone’s job. In some ways a crime scene is reminiscent of a theater production. A web of silent agreement that, taken altogether, makes up a whole. On cue.
Ultimately, I gave this book a star and a half for captivating character development in Jeppe, a star for the excellent first few chapters, and a star for the future potential of this police procedural/detective series. I wouldn’t mind reading more about these characters as long as the plots stay original and the action doesn’t drag.
Oh, and let’s learn more about Anette’s backstory next time!
A former dancer and choreographer with a background in television and theater, Katrine Engberg has launched a groundbreaking career as a novelist with the publication of The Tenant. She is now one of the most widely read and beloved crime authors in Denmark.
This is what First Cut by Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell feels like…
Edgy, suspicious, dangerous, conspiratorial, new-kid-on-the-block, mysterious, cautiously romantic
⇒ Blog Tour | “I was being haunted by two women I didn’t even know. One was dead and buried — the other waited for me in the morgue cooler.” – First Cut⇐
**Many thanks to Hanover Square Press and the authors for the opportunity to read a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Author: Judy Melinek & T. J. Mitchell
(4.10 stars – Goodreads rating)
Genre: Crime Fiction / Mystery / Thriller
Publication Date: January 7, 2020, by Hanover Square Press
Pages: 336 (Kindle version)
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I wondered, again, if I had mad the right choice in coming to San Francisco. Then again, I had to remind myself, there hadn’t been any choice involved.
Reviewing books isn’t always easy. There are expectations attached to every review you right; publishers want a good review to boost sales, readers want an honest review to fill TBR lists, and authors want outstanding reviews to know that others also love the literary children they’ve released into the world. Sometimes those expectations make a reviewer sentimental enough to bump up a rating – you know, give it an extra star because, hey, it wasn’t terrible.
Don’t get nervous, I am not about to trash this book in the name of keeping things “honest”. Just the opposite, in fact. This isn’t your mother-in-law’s gloppy potato salad that you have to smile and pretend is delicious. This is a Food Network chef’s gourmet potato salad that can more than hold its own at any family reunion picnic. OK, I’ll translate that: This is a good book.
Dr. Jessie Teska has made a chilling discover. A suspected overdose case contains hints of something more sinister: a drug lord’s attempt at a murderous cover up. As more bodies land on her autopsy table, Jessie uncovers a constellation of deaths that point to an elaborate network of powerful criminals — on both sides of the law — that will do anything to keep things buried. But autopsy means “see for your yourself, ” and Jessie Teska won’t stop until she’s seen it all — even if it means the next corpse on the slab could be her own.
Nothing puts a messy homicide investigation out of your mind like a newer and messier one.
When a book has a certain formula that captures my attention, I get a little giddy; and this one fits the bill. It has a flawed, but relatable, main character, love interests to the left and right of her, several mysteries to solve with villains in abundance, and diverse characters that keep the plot moving along at a rapid, engaging pace. There are different voices here, different backgrounds, and varied experiences – even though they all share one basic career category: law enforcement.
I am so satisfied that First Cut is my first blog review of 2020. I mean, I could have really picked a dud to start out the year, but instead, I happen upon this gem of a mystery/thriller! If you’re into forensic-based crime thrillers, check. If you’re into messy little love triangles, check. If you’re into strong female leads working their way into power positions, check. And if you’re into thorough, clever, inclusive storytelling with heart, check, y’all, check.
You aren’t responsible for the things other people do to themselves.
You can find First Cut at any of these major booksellers on January 7th!
Judy Melinek & T. J. Mitchell
Judy Melinek was an assistant medical eaminer in San Francisco for nine years, and today works as a forensic pathologist in Oakland. T.J. Mitchell, is a writer with an English degree from Harvard, who worked in the film industry before becoming a full-time, stay-at-home dad.
⇒It was the perfect place to disappear. -One Night Gone ⇐
**Many thanks to NetGalley, Harlequin – Graydon House, and the author for the opportunity to read a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Author: Tara Laskowski
(3.72 stars – Goodreads rating)
Genre: Fiction / Mystery / Suspense
Publication Date: October 1, 2019, by Harlequin – Graydon House
Pages: 348 (Kindle version)
Nothing worked out to be perfect. There was no perfect, no happy-ever-after. No happy ever, it seemed.
When I was younger, I used to go to the carnival with my friends and family. We would always go at night because it was just more magical then – the lights, the jaunty carnival music, and the sinfully delicious carnival sweets. The best nights of the summer were spent on the Ferris Wheel or the Tilt-A-Whirl; I never wanted to go home!
So who would have ever guessed that so much could be going on in the background of such a fun experience? The danger behind the scenes of all the twinkly lights and laughter in One Night Gone proves that all is not what it seems – not at the carnival or in the town of Opal Beach where it settles every summer.
Here’s the blurb: “One sultry summer, Maureen Haddaway arrives in the wealthy town of Opal Beach to start her life anew—to achieve her destiny. There, she finds herself lured by the promise of friendship, love, starry skies, and wild parties. But Maureen’s new life just might be too good to be true, and before the summer is up, she vanishes. Decades later, when Allison Simpson is offered the opportunity to house-sit in Opal Beach during the off-season, it seems like the perfect chance to begin fresh after a messy divorce. But when she becomes drawn into the mysterious disappearance of a girl thirty years before, Allison realizes the gorgeous homes of Opal Beach hide dark secrets. And the truth of that long-ago summer is not even the most shocking part of all…“
The possibilities were whirling inside me, gaining momentum like a tropical storm gathering strength just off the coast.
When I finished reading this book back in October, I wrote the following review on Goodreads: “The perfect mystery for a spooky October reading list – haunting and expertly unveiled. The interlacing dual timelines, expertly disclosed secrets, and crafty characters will pull you into this mystery more and more with every chapter.”
That must have been a good day when I was feeling very generous and kind because now that the book has sat with me for a couple of months, I feel a little differently.
My opinion hasn’t shifted to the other end of the spectrum – It isn’t a bad book, but I am not as enthusiastic about it as I was initially. Laskowski is a good writer, so the problem is not with the calibre of her prose. It was just missing the big payoff in the end.
I had the sense I was the last woman on earth, that in my quiet drive alone the rest of humanity had vanished.
Here is what I appreciated: the main characters in each timeline were survivors. They both faced extreme challenges and found ways to overcome them – granted, with varying degrees of success. That contributed to an intriguing premise that, unfortunately, ended up being a bit bland by the end.
One Night Gone is available now at any of the following booksellers:
And read an excerpt of the first chapter HERE
If your book club is interested in exploring this twisted suspense novel, the author has made a book club reader’s guide available for you HERE. Check it out!
Tara Laskowski is the award-winning author of two short story collections, Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons and Bystanders, which The Guardian named a best book of 2017. Tara earned a BA in English from Susquehanna University and an MFA from George Mason University and currently lives in Virginia. One Night Gone is her first novel.
⇒Be careful who you let in. –The Family Upstairs ⇐
**Many thanks to NetGalley, Atria Books, and the author for the opportunity to read a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Author: Lisa Jewell
(4.14 stars – Goodreads rating)
Genre: Fiction / Mystery / Thriller
Publication Date: November 5, 2019, by Atria Books
Pages: 352 (Hardcover), 464 (Kindle version)
It’s only now, with decades of hindsight, that I can see how odd it was.
II really want to move closer to my job and my daughter’s school, so I’m currently house-hunting online and by word-of-mouth. Someone recently asked me if I would mind living in a condo. My answer was a hard and fast “no”. Why? Because people are weird.
And after I sat down and swallowed this suspenseful story about the perils of cohabitation, I feel incredibly justified in my answer! Told from multiple perspectives and different timelines, with fatally flawed characters, this is a story that will grab you and pull you into the depths of family for which dysfunctional is an aspiration. Here’s the blurb…
Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones returns home from work to find the letter she’s been waiting for her entire life. She rips it open with one driving thought: I am finally going to know who I am. She soon learns not only the identity of her birth parents, but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood, worth millions. Everything in Libby’s life is about to change. But what she can’t possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well—and she is on a collision course to meet them. Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone.
The weakness of men lay at the root of every bad thing that had ever happened.
OK, what drew me in immediately: (1) an unexpected inheritance, (2) an abandoned mansion, (3) London – all the creepiest strangeties happen in London (and if “strangeties” isn’t a word, it should be, and (4) a baby alone in the midst of chaos. Everything about that summary says you-must-read-this-book. And I am so glad that I did.
When you begin to read a book and you immediately know that you don’t have a clue what is going on or how it’s all going to turn out, that’s when you have the most fun. What begins as the story of a woman learning about her birth parents and possibly getting a much-needed new start in life, quickly becomes something much, much more.
I knew what I had to do and it does not cast me in a good light. But I was a child. I was desperate. I was trying to save us all.
Living with people is tricky whether they be family, friends, or strangers. Can anyone you live with be completely trusted to lock the doors if they’re the last ones in, or to not leave their flat iron on while everyone’s at work? My guess is no. But if the worst you have to ever deal with is having a roommate who plays his music a bit too loud on a work night, then you have it a million times better than the Lamb family living in the mansion on Cheyne Walk.
Lisa Jewell has given us a book (another one!) with great pacing, captivating characters with varying degrees of drastic difficulties and believability, and the meat and bones of a story so dark that its small victories feel like supernovas. Five stars to this new release that I couldn’t hardly put down. If you don’t have it already, this book needs to be on your TBR and on your bookshelf. And after you read it, I think you’ll agree with me – single-family living is the way to go!
The Family Upstairs is available now at any of the following retail stores:
Read an excerpt here: The Family Upstairs Excerpt
Lisa Jewell is the internationally bestselling author of eighteen novels, including the New York Times bestseller Then She Was Gone, as well as I Found You, The Girls in the Garden, and The House We Grew Up In. In total, her novels have sold more than two million copies across the English-speaking world and her work has also been translated into sixteen languages so far. Lisa lives in London with her husband and their two daughters. Connect with her on Twitter @LisaJewellUK and on Facebook @LisaJewellOfficial.
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