Our House by Louise Candlish is a 2018 Berkley publication.
Source: I received an advanced copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
“On a bright January morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they’ve just bought in Trinity Avenue.
Nothing strange about that. Except it is your house. And you didn’t sell it.
When Fiona Lawson comes home to find strangers moving into her house, she’s sure there’s been a mistake. She and her estranged husband, Bram, have a modern co-parenting arrangement: bird’s nest custody, where each parent spends a few nights a week with their two sons at the prized family home to maintain stability for their children. But the system built to protect their family ends up putting them in terrible jeopardy. In a domino effect of crimes and misdemeanors, the nest comes tumbling down.
Now Bram has disappeared and so have Fiona’s children. As events spiral well beyond her control, Fiona will discover just how many lies her husband was weaving and how little they truly knew each other. But Bram’s not the only one with things to hide, and some secrets are best kept to oneself, safe as houses.” – Goodreads
After leaving a weekend holiday and heading home early, Fiona Lawson arrives at her upscale London home to find it emptied of her family’s belongings and someone else moving in. With the help of her friend and neighbor, Merle, Fiona must find her estranged husband, Bram, and get to the bottom of this. However, what she finds in the hours to come will shake her faith in what she knew about her husband, her marriage, and her life.
Our House is a truly chilling story of secrets, crimes, and consequences. There is no slow lead up to the action in this one and you jump right into the drama almost immediately. The plot is twisting and keeps the reader on their toes. The characters are deeply written and will feel like old friends by the end of the book. The book is written in alternating points of view with Fiona and her husband both taking turns as narrator. Some of Fiona’s side of the story is told through her being a guest on a crime podcast. There are also tweet-style portions that show us what the listeners to the podcast really think of Fiona and her husband. These didn’t really add anything to the overall storyline, but they were definitely unique. I loved the twists and turns this book took, as I didn’t expect how it would all come together in the end. And wow, what an ending it was! Overall, this was a 5 star read for me and one I will be thinking about for some time.
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