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  • Published: 18 July 2013
  • ISBN: 9781446472521
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

The House We Grew Up In

A psychological thriller from the bestselling author of The Family Upstairs

The unforgettable story about a family with a secret at its core, from Top Ten bestseller Lisa Jewell, author of Ralph's Party, The Making of Us and Before I Met You.

An unforgettable story about a family with a terrible secret. From the #1 bestselling author of Then She Was Gone, The Night She Disappeared and The Family Upstairs.

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 . . .

Readers can't get enough of The House We Grew Up In . . .

***** 'I could NOT put it down!'
***** 'What a fabulous, fabulous read. I honestly LOVED this book and I could not put it down.'
***** 'This book is so smooth and natural that I felt like I almost knew the characters.'
***** 'Incredibly moving, delightfully funny, painfully tragic.'
***** 'It's one of the very best books I've read this year.'

  • Published: 18 July 2013
  • ISBN: 9781446472521
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

About the author

Lisa Jewell

Lisa Jewell was born in London. Her first novel, Ralph’s Party, was the bestselling debut novel of 1999. Since then she has published another sixteen novels, most recently a number of dark psychological thrillers, including The Girls and Then She Was Gone (both of which were Richard & Judy Book Club picks) as well as I Found You and Watching You. Lisa is a top ten New York Times and number one Sunday Times bestselling author who has been published worldwide in over twenty-five languages. She lives in north London with her husband, two daughters, two cats, two guinea pigs and the best dog in the world.

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Praise for The House We Grew Up In

Masterfully plotted, beautifully written ... I absolutely loved it.

Louise Millar, author of Accidents Happen

A powerful family saga

Candis Magazine

Clever, intelligent and believable on a subject few of us really understand. Lorrie is one of the most vivid - and complex - characters I've read in years. Wonderful.

Jojo Moyes

Simply stunning.

Daily Mail

Poignant, heart-wrenching & beautifully told, the author's best tale yet.

The Sun

A poignant page-turner.

Fabulous Magazine, Sun on Sunday

Her best novel to date.... It’s an evocative, thought-provoking and fascinating book that gets under your skin. Just brilliant.


Jewell cleverly and thoughtful portrays her steady decline and the effect it has on her family which has other secrets waiting to emerge. Imaginative and well executed.

Sunday Mirror


Red Magazine

Beautifully written.


Completely captivating.

The Lady

Top of the women’s fiction list this summer should be Lisa Jewell’s The House We Grew Up In.

Press Association

Compelling… possibly the author’s best yet… An intensely moving study of grief and family relationships, this is also a fantastically gripping story with a couple of powerful shocks.


The House We Grew Up In is a truly brilliant novel, it had me hooked from start to finish.


A cracking summer read–family drama, illicit relationships and a bit of mystery.


Raw and sincere, Lisa Jewell writes another winner with this bestseller-worthy novel.


a perfect beach read

Sunday Express

possibly the author's best yet ... An intensely moving study of grief and family relationships, this is also a fantastically gripping story with a couple of powerful shocks

Hello Magazine

thought-provoking and riveting

I Heart Chick-Lit

modern moving drama


With descriptive prose and strong, likeable characters, this - her 11th novel - once again proves that she's a cut above. An easy read and tear-jerking to boot: it's a top flop and drop companion

Easyjet Traveller

We love the darker direction Lisa Jewell has taken in her past few books. More please!

Good Housekeeping

It's an absolute gem; it's one of those books that you simply can't put down and have to keep reading until your eyes sting with tiredness. Quite simply a perfect read and one that will stay with me for a long time.


Completely compelling ... dark enough to shock you, yet light enough that you never want to put it down

No 1 Magazine

A thought-provoking - and at times tear-jerking - tale which her legions of fans will no doubt enjoy

Woman's Way