The House We Grew Up In - Lisa Jewell

The House We Grew Up In

Author: Lisa Jewell

  • Publication Date: 2014-08-12
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
4 Score: 4
(From 317 Ratings)


From the New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone


Meet the picture-perfect Bird family: pragmatic Meg, dreamy Beth, and towheaded twins Rory and Rhys, one an adventurous troublemaker, the other his slighter, more sensitive counterpart. Their father is a sweet, gangly man, but it’s their beautiful, free-spirited mother Lorelei who spins at the center. In those early years, Lorelei tries to freeze time by filling their simple brick house with precious mementos. Easter egg foils are her favorite. Craft supplies, too. She hangs all of the children’s art, to her husband’s chagrin.

Then one Easter weekend, a tragedy so devastating occurs that, almost imperceptibly, it begins to tear the family apart. Years pass and the children have become adults, while Lorelei has become the county’s worst hoarder. She has alienated her husband and children and has been living as a recluse. But then something happens that beckons the Bird family back to the house they grew up in—to finally understand the events of that long-ago Easter weekend and to unearth the many secrets hidden within the nooks and crannies of home.


  • Thoughtful, but often out of realm of reality

    By HMF14
    I really wanted to like this book, and for the first half I really did. But there became a few too many viewpoints and the subplots became too unrealistic that I found it hard to enjoy. There were certain plots I wanted to know more about and they were overshadowed by the sillier ones (particularly Rory and Beth). I also found some of the timeline confusing because many of the stories were only a few years apart and it became disorienting. As usual, Lisa Jewell has a beautiful, detailed writing style but this book could have benefited from a focus on a few less characters and a more satisfying conclusion.
  • Fantastic

    By LiaLia26
    Fantastic read- very well written, I couldn't put it down. I love the exploration of this dysfunctional family revolving around a hoarder seen through the eyes of all those that loved her. I love how the story ties together from an unlikely outsider. I wish there was further exploration on the Rory/ Kayleigh relationship, although I understand why the author left it up to the reader's interpretation.