Par - Lisa Jewell

There are many things I like about Lisa’s writing. I like the characterisation she does, bringing fully rounded and believable people on the page. I love the plotting, always with an edge of sinister mystery that almost has me rushing to the end, but I stop myself and make time to take in my favourite part of her books; the atmosphere. She is better than other authors I’ve read, creating time and place that leaps off pages and curls itself around mind, it’s both comforting and slightly edgy, but I’m always absolutely fully immersed in the book.

25 year old Libby can’t believe her luck when Libby discovers that she has inherited a mansion in Chelsea. The property was held in trust for her since she was a baby. Libby has no idea about her past secrets that are connected with it. The moment she stepped inside her home, she realised there is something very eerie about place. Soon the secrets of her past came back to haunt her.

La famille à l'étage chargée de mystère. Alors que Libby commence à en apprendre davantage sur le passé, mon désir de découvrir sa famille et la secte Grew. Je voulais savoir pourquoi elle était la seule à avoir survécu, quand les autres (Famille) ont été tués et où étaient ses frères et sœurs qui ont disparu. Libby s'est associée à un journaliste, Miller, pour découvrir ce qui s'est passé dans la maison il y a des années. Il a déjà essayé de trouver les réponses, mais maintenant qu'il a Libby à bord, il sent qu'il est un pas de plus vers la vérité.

The most chilling scene in the book was when Lisa Jewell took us back in time before Libby was born. It made it even more disturbing to think of Libby staying in the house where the dreadful things  once happened. It made me think someone was watching her. The flashback scenes were filled with a strong sense of foreboding, especially when Libby’s family, first became acquainted with their new guests. You can see that there is something off here with them right from the start and I wanted to know what it was that they were planning.

Story is also told from another point of view by a character called Lucy. I connected with Lucy straight away, and you can’t help but feel sorry for her, as she was struggling to keep her family together. Lucy was living abroad, but she was desperate to get back to the UK. It was clear that she has to go to extreme lengths to achieve this goal, to ensure safe passage for her and her children, but what connection does she had with Libby?

La famille à l'étage est effrayante dès le début. Cela m'a poussé à me poser des questions. Je pensais que cela aboutissait également à une fin très satisfaisante.