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About Lisa Jewell
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My first book, Ralph's Party, came out in 1999 and was the best selling debut novel for that year.
Since then I have written and published another sixteen books, from the 'curry and flatmates' novels of the nineties and noughties like Thirtynothing, One Hit Wonder, A Friend of the Family and Vince & Joy, to more family-themed novels like After The Party, The Making of Us and The House We Grew Up In and more recently, psychological thrillers such as I Found You, Then She Was Gone, Watching You and The Family Upstairs, which charted in the summer of 2019 at number one in the hardback charts.
I live in London with my husband, two daughters, two hairy cats, two nervous guinea pigs and a lovely auburn dog. I write every day, a minimum of one thousand words, in a cafe, with no access to the internet, in two to three hour sessions.
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'The Night She Disappeared is by far her best thriller yet.' HARLAN COBEN
'Insane suspense. I loved it.' LEE CHILD
'A gothic, multi-layered tale, deeply satisfying. We both loved it.' RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB
The Night She Disappeared is UNBELIEVABLY good. I was utterly utterly agog.' MARIAN KEYES
A cold case. An abandoned mansion. A family hiding a terrible secret. Prepare to be hooked. Lisa Jewell's latest thriller is her best yet.
Midsummer 2017: teenage mum Tallulah heads out on a date, leaving her baby son at home with her mother, Kim.
At 11 p.m. she sends her mum a text message. At 4.30 a.m. Kim awakens to discover that Tallulah has not come home.
Friends tell her that Tallulah was last seen heading to a pool party at a house in the woods nearby called Dark Place.
Tallulah never returns.
2018: walking in the woods behind the boarding school where her boyfriend has just started as a head teacher, Sophie sees a sign nailed to a fence.
A sign that says: DIG HERE . . .
'No one thickens a plot like Lisa Jewell. I couldn't put this book down. Jewell just keeps getting better. It's SO GOOD!' SHARI LAPENA
'Absolutely loved this one by Lisa Jewell - compelling, deep, surprising, tense, modern. Most thrillers are in black and white to me in terms of character and Lisa is blazing saturated technicolour.' GILLIAN MCALLISTER
'Masterly. Gripping from start to finish.' JOANNE HARRIS
'I'm calling it early. This is Lisa's best book yet, and she always sets that bar high! Stayed up so late because I couldn't put it down.' ADELE PARKS
'Oh my God, so good. A head-scratching, heart-racing, page-turning triumph - I think this might be my favourite Lisa Jewell yet.' LOUISE CANDLISH
'I swear her books are masterclasses for authors. Every time I read one, I'm in awe. I loved this one so much - clever, slick and so intriguing. Lots of emotion and I love how all the sub-plots come together. #bowdowntoLisa' MEL SHERRATT
'Another first-class mystery . . . Totally enthralling.' HARRIET TYCE
'I predict another number one.' ERIN KELLY
'Once again Lisa Jewell has knocked it out of the park. Another masterclass in thriller writing from one of the world's most consistently brilliant authors. I was superglued to the pages.' MARK EDWARDS
'Totally absorbing. I felt as though I'd slipped into the book and lived there for a few days, heart pounding.
PREPARE TO BE HOOKED. . . FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF INVISIBLE GIRL
One of Holly Willoughby's summer reading highlights!
'I loved The Family Upstairs!' SARAH JESSICA PARKER
'I read it all in one sitting.' COLLEEN HOOVER
'I genuinely struggled to put this one down.' THE UNMUMSY MUM
'A twisty and engrossing story of betrayal and redemption.' IAN RANKIN
'Rich, dark and intricately twisted, this enthralling whodunnit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect.' RUTH WARE
'Really good, gripping. I couldn't bear for it to finish...' OLIVIA COLMAN
In a large house in London's fashionable Chelsea, a baby is awake in her cot. Well-fed and cared for, she is happily waiting for someone to pick her up.
In the kitchen lie three decomposing corpses. Close to them is a hastily scrawled note.
They've been dead for several days.
Who has been looking after the baby?
And where did they go?
Two entangled families.
A house with the darkest of secrets.
A compulsive thriller from Lisa Jewell.
Readers are obsessed with The Family Upstairs:
'Hooked from page one'
'I totally adored this book... Definitely worth reading - as long you like reading into the night!'
'Clever would be an understatement. And those last pages left me with chills. The concept had me intrigued and the execution had me captivated. I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!'
'You don't read a Lisa Jewell book, you fall into it. It takes huge talent to establish a whole world in the turn of two pages.' ERIN KELLY
'I swear I didn't breathe the whole time I was reading it. Gripping, pacy, brilliantly twisty.' CLARE MACKINTOSH
'Creepy, intricate and utterly immersive: an excellent holiday read.' GUARDIAN
'I had an unrelentingly pleasurable and thrilling for-God's-sake-tell-me-what-happened sensation in my stomach for the entire read ... Stupendous!' RUTH JONES
'Absolutely brilliant.' SARAH PINBOROUGH
'Few writers of psychological suspense devise such swift, slippery plots. Lisa's Jewell's The Family Upstairs glitters like a blade and cuts even deeper.' AJ FINN
'I was hooked from the first page' ALICE FEENEY
'Utterly compelling. Deliciously dark and twisty with characters who live on in your head. Lisa Jewell just keeps getting better and better.
BESTSELLING PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE, AND A TOP RICHARD & JUDY SELECTION
OVER 1,000 5* REVIEWS – this is why readers love this book:
'Grips to the point of OBSESSION'
'My life STOPPED while I read this book'
'My heart was THUMPING in my chest'
'This is EDGE OF YOUR SEAT reading'
'This book left me BREATHLESS'
'Cancel all plans and BUY THIS BOOK'
She was fifteen, her mother's golden girl.
She had her whole life ahead of her.
And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone.
Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off her feet.
But what really takes her breath away is when she meets his nine-year-old daughter.
Because his daughter is the image of Ellie.
Now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back.
What really happened to Ellie? And who still has secrets to hide?
From the #1 bestselling author of THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS and THEN SHE WAS GONE comes an engrossing, twist-packed story of dark family secrets and betrayal.
'Her best yet.' JOJO MOYES
'Dark, furiously twisty and utterly gripping.' LUCY FOLEY
'A masterclass in how to write with pace and tension.' HARRIET TYCE
*****UK Sunday Times Bestseller, August 2020*****
YOU DON'T SEE HER. BUT SHE SEES YOU.
MIDNIGHT. In the bad part of town, where cats prowl and foxes shriek, a girl is watching...
When Saffyre Maddox was ten, something terrible happened, and she's carried the pain of it ever since. The man who she thought was going to heal her didn't, and now she hides and watches him, learning his secrets, invisible in the shadows.
Owen Pick is invisible too. He's never had a girlfriend; he's never even had a friend.
Nobody sees him. Nobody cares.
But when Saffyre goes missing from opposite his house on Valentine's Day, suddenly the whole world is looking at Owen.
Accusing him. Holding him responsible for Saffyre's disappearance...
INVISIBLE GIRL: an engrossing, twisty story of how we look in the wrong places for bad people while the real predators walk among us in plain sight.
'Gripping, disturbing and acutely observant; Jewell is an extremely special writer.' ALEX MARWOOD
'She isn't afraid of plunging an icy blade into her readers' hearts whilst examining the cruel realities of the world.' ADELE PARKS
'Compelling and surprisingly moving - Lisa Jewell never lets you down.' CLARE MACKINTOSH
'A wonderful slow-burn gripper - I loved it.' LOUISE CANDLISH
'An up-all-night gripping story with characters who feel as real as you and me.' ERIN KELLY
'Invisible Girl is quite brilliant in every way.' JANE CASEY
'Dark, gripping, emotionally intense. My heart hurt from being squeezed so tight.' TAMAR COHEN
'I loved it. Every damn word.' AJ FINN
'A breathtakingly brilliant novel by an author at the absolute top of her game.' JENNY COLGAN
'Lisa Jewell's dark and twisty thriller explores the murkier reaches of the human psyche, confounding expectations as it reaches a shocking denouement.' DAILY MAIL
'An engrossing and compelling read.' MIRROR
'Another twisty, turny and tangled thriller from Lisa Jewell.
PREPARE TO BE HOOKED. . .
**The sequel to million-copy bestseller THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS, publishing July 2022. Pre-order now to be one of the first to read it.**
'A fast-paced, cleverly plotted thriller that grips from the first page to last' PAULA HAWKINS
'ENTHRALLED. I think it is by far Lisa's best yet.' GILLIAN MCALLISTER
'A gripping read... superb!' SHARI LAPENA
'It's a triumph. Brava!' ERIN KELLY
'Compulsive, gripping and immersive.' CL TAYLOR
'A sheer pleasure to read.' HARRIET TYCE
'Lisa Jewell is, simply, outstanding.' ALEX MARWOOD
'Compelling, ingenious, breath-stopping.' TAMAR COHEN
'A witty and propulsive stunner of a novel.' KATHERINE HEINY
'This is Lisa Jewell at her absolute best. I loved it!' PAUL BURSTON
'The story everyone has been waiting for. Wonderfully satisfying.' ADELE PARKS
'A masterclass in storytelling from one of the best there is.' AMANDA JENNINGS
'Another masterclass in thriller writing from the current queen of psychological suspense.' MARK EDWARDS
**Loved THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS? Find out what happened next ...**
LONDON. Early morning, June 2019: on the foreshore of the river Thames, a bag of bones is discovered. Human bones.
DCI Samuel Owusu is called to the scene and quickly sends the bag for forensic examination. The bones are those of a young woman, killed by a blow to the head many years ago.
Also inside the bag is a trail of clues, in particular the seeds of a rare tree which lead DCI Owusu back to a mansion in Chelsea where, nearly thirty years previously, three people lay dead in a kitchen, and a baby waited upstairs for someone to pick her up.
The clues point forward too to a brother and sister in Chicago searching for the only person who can make sense of their pasts.
Four deaths. An unsolved mystery. A family whose secrets can't stay buried for ever ...
PREPARE TO BE HOOKED.
IT'S LISA JEWELL'S NEW NOVEL ...
Praise for Lisa Jewell...
'I read it all in one sitting' COLLEEN HOOVER
'I loved The Family Upstairs!' SARAH JESSICA PARKER
'Gripping' OLIVIA COLMAN
'Enthralling' RUTH WARE
'Engrossing' IAN RANKIN
'Twisty' CLARE MACKINTOSH
'Stupendous' RUTH JONES
'Brilliant' SARAH PINBOROUGH
'Unputdownable' C.L. TAYLOR
Eleven years ago, Jem and Ralph fell in love. They thought it would be for ever, that they’d found their happy ending.
Then two became four, a flat became a house. Romantic nights out became sleepless nights in.
And they soon found that life wasn’t quite so simple any more.
Now two people who were so right together are starting to drift apart. As they try to find a way back to each other, back to what they once had, they both become dangerously distracted.
But maybe it’s not too late to recapture happily ever after ...
You live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people's houses.
You've known your neighbours for years and you trust them. Implicitly.
You think your children are safe.
But are they really?
Midsummer night: a thirteen-year-old girl is found unconscious in a dark corner of the garden square. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?
Utterly believable characters, a gripping story and a dark secret buried at its core: this is Lisa Jewell at her heart-stopping best.
YOU'RE NOT THE ONLY ONE WATCHING
‘Page one intrigued me. Page three hooked me. By page five, I was consumed. This compulsive, propulsive novel is both a seize-you-by-the-throat thriller and a genuinely moving family drama. Stellar.’ – A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window
You’re back home after four years working abroad, new husband in tow.
You’re keen to find a place of your own. But for now you’re crashing in your big brother’s spare room.
That’s when you meet the man next door.
He’s the head teacher at the local school. Twice your age. Extraordinarily attractive. You find yourself watching him.
All the time.
But you never dreamed that your innocent crush might become a deadly obsession.
Or that someone is watching you.
Family secrets, illicit passion and an unexplained murder? It can only be the gripping new novel from Lisa Jewell, #1 bestselling author of Then She Was Gone.
'I was totally gripped by this excellent psychological thriller. Set in Bristol, it opens with a dead body, then moves into the head of Joey, a newly-married 27-year-old who gets a sudden crush on one of her new neighbours, which quickly becomes obsessive. Hugely enjoyable.' – Marian Keyes, author of The Break
'If you only pick one summer read this year, make it Watching You. I inhaled it in one sitting. A gripping plot, characters you love but can't trust, and a thumping emotional heart, Lisa Jewell has done it again.' – Sarah Pinborough, author of Behind Her Eyes and 13 Minutes
'If you loved The Woman in The Window and The Girl on the Train then this is for you!' – the Hotlist, U Magazine
'Then She Was Gone was my favourite thriller last year and this is even better. Brilliantly plotted and impossible to put down, it kept me guessing until the very end.' - Alice Feeney, author of Sometimes I Lie
'She's done it again! Lisa Jewell has penned the page-turner of the summer. Emotionally-engrossing and utterly compelling, with a mystery that keeps you gripped until the last heart-wrenching page.' - Tammy Cohen, author of They All Fall Down
'Jewell writes wonderfully engaging characters who weave plausibly tangled webs and the whodunit was largely incidental until the closing pages. She masterfully draws all her threads together, throwing in some cunning twists for good measure…The countdown is on for the next Lisa Jewell novel.
From the #1 bestselling author of The Night She Disappeared, The Family Upstairs and Then She Was Gone
AN UNFORGETTABLE STORY ABOUT A FAMILY WITH A TERRIBLE SECRET
When a tragedy breaks a family apart, what can bring it back together?
The Birds seem to be the perfect family: mother, father, four children, a picture-book cottage in the country.
But one Easter weekend, something happens - something so unexpected, so devastating, that no one can bring themselves to talk about it.
The family shatters, seemingly for good.
Until, years later, they are forced to return to the house they grew up in, and to confront what really broke the family apart . . .
Lydia, Robyn and Dean don't know each other - yet.
They live very different lives but each of them, independently, has always felt that something is missing.
What they don't know is that a letter is about to arrive that will turn their lives upside down.
It is a letter containing a secret - one that will bind them together, and show them what love and family and friendship really mean...
You think you have the perfect life.
You're successful. Attractive. Well liked.
And you've just got married for the third time.
But that's OK, because everyone's happy. Your children are happy. You're happy. And so is your new wife.
But one tragic accident smashes your perfect life to pieces. Because everyone has secrets, and secrets have consequences.
Some of which can be devastating.
Another unforgettable novel from top 10 bestseller Lisa Jewell, author of Then She Was Gone and The Family Upstairs.
The Family Upstairs was the #1 Bestseller in the UK, Sunday Times, August 2019
Two women. Twenty years of secrets. And a man who doesn't remember anything.
Or does he?
'Fresh and intriguing, with characters so real I ached for them. I loved I Found You'
'I LOVED I Found You. A proper thriller with wonderful characters'
Everyone has secrets. What if you can't remember yours?
'How long have you been sitting out here?'
'I got here yesterday.'
'Where did you come from?'
'I have no idea.'
Lily has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one.
Alice finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement, she invites him into her home.
But who is he, and how can she trust a man who has lost his memory?