I recently finished "The Family Upstairs" by Lisa Jewell. It was not something like I usually read, but it was good overall. Parts of it were slow and parts were somewhat unbelievable, but there was enough in it to keep me interested in finding out what happened.
From Goodreads: “Rich, dark, and intricately twisted, this enthralling whodunit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect.” —Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author
“A haunting, atmospheric, stay-up-way-too-late read.” —Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author
From the New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone comes another page-turning look inside one family’s past as buried secrets threaten to come to light.
Be careful who you let in.
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.
In The Family Upstairs, the master of “bone-chilling suspense” (People) brings us the can’t-look-away story of three entangled families living in a house with the darkest of secrets.
I finished Caste today. All in all I think it’s well worth the read. The good parts were very good, well thought out and well argued. But the weak spots seemed rushed and weakened the overall points. In those parts, I felt like the book needed to marinate another 6 months to a year but instead was rushed to be released in these times.
When I finished that I started 28 Summers by Elian Hildebrand.
I agree! When I read a book that travels through time like that, I tend to reflect on what was happening in my life in those years. I love the way she helps that along! I also like playing the game of figuipring out which songs she uses one line from!
I am almost done with Mudbound by Hillary Jordan, which I've wanted to read for so long! It was finally available on audio (which I rely on because I'm too busy and therefore too tired at the end of the day to read w/o falling asleep!). I've heard it was made into a movie, too, so I'll have to seek that out when I'm done. Has anyone seen it?
From Amazon: In Jordan's prize-winning debut, prejudice takes many forms, both subtle and brutal. It is 1946, and city-bred Laura McAllan is trying to raise her children on her husband's Mississippi Delta farm—a place she finds foreign and frightening. In the midst of the family's struggles, two young men return from the war to work the land. Jamie McAllan, Laura's brother-in-law, is everything her husband is not—charming, handsome, and haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the McAllan farm, has come home with the shine of a war hero. But no matter his bravery in defense of his country, he is still considered less than a man in the Jim Crow South. It is the unlikely friendship of these brothers-in-arms that drives this powerful novel to its inexorable conclusion.
The men and women of each family relate their versions of events and we are drawn into their lives as they become players in a tragedy on the grandest scale. As Barbara Kingsolver says of Hillary Jordan, "Her characters walked straight out of 1940s Mississippi and into the part of my brain where sympathy and anger and love reside, leaving my heart racing. They are with me still."
I finished Anxious People by Fredrik Backman last night and really enjoyed it. It was more of Backman style of unique characters and funny situations while peppering in some great insights on human nature. It reminded me a bit of Nick Hornbys A Long Way Down though there were also a lot of differences.
Next up for me is Jon Meachams biography of John Lewis.