Our House by Louise Candlish

Our House by Louise Candlish

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

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.

If thriller or suspense novels are your cup of tea, be sure and stop by that section of my blog where you’ll see some of my favorites of this genre. If you’d like to purchase a copy of this book for your own shelves, you can find it at the following retailer.

Vintage Sundays – Death Stops The Frolic by George Bellairs

Death Stops the Frolic by George Bellairs

Death Stops the Frolic by George Bellairs is a 2020 Agora Books publication. It was originally published as Turmoil In Zion in 1943.

Source: An advanced copy was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

“On a joyous afternoon filled with tea and cake, something strange happens at Zion Chapel’s Anniversary Tea Party. The infamous Alderman Harbuttle is behaving uncharacteristically playful – laughing with the assembly, singing rhymes, and leading people in a rousing game of Follow-My-Leader throughout the chapel’s winding halls.

But his jubilee is cut short when the revellers find the Alderman’s murdered body in the dark recesses of the chapel, a bread knife buried to the hilt in his chest.

Superintendent Nankivell of the local police force takes up the case, and his investigation quickly stirs up sinister secrets lurking within the walls of Zion Chapel. His suspect list soon proves massive, as he learns there are many people who would be happier without the sanctimonious Alderman Harbuttle around…” – Goodreads Continue reading “Vintage Sundays – Death Stops The Frolic by George Bellairs”

Twisted Threads by Lea Wait – Book Review

Twisted Threads by Lea Wait

Twisted Thread by Lea Wait is a 2015 Kensington Books publication.

Source: audio book through Overdrive

Returning to the quaint coastal town of Harbor Haven, Maine—a place she once called home—Angie Curtis finds her memories aren’t all quite pleasant ones…

“After leaving a decade ago, Angie has been called back to Harbor Haven by her grandmother, Charlotte, who raised her following her mother’s disappearance when she was a child. Her mother has been found, and now the question of her whereabouts has sadly become the mystery of her murder.

The bright spot in Angie’s homecoming is reuniting with Charlotte, who has started her own needlepointing business with a group called Mainely Needlepointers. But when a shady business associate of the stitchers dies suddenly under suspicious circumstances, Charlotte and Angie become suspects. As Angie starts to weave together clues, she discovers that this new murder may have ties to her own mother’s cold case…” – Goodreads Continue reading “Twisted Threads by Lea Wait – Book Review”

The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald – Book Review

Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your favorite books you’ve read in the past. This week I’ll be sharing with you The Night Olivia Fell, the debut novel by author Christina McDonald.

The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald is a 2019 Gallery Books publication.

Source: advanced copy through NetGalley

“A search for the truth. A lifetime of lies.

In the small hours of the morning, Abi Knight is startled awake by the phone call no mother ever wants to get: her teenage daughter Olivia has fallen off a bridge. Not only is Olivia brain dead, she’s pregnant and must remain on life support to keep her baby alive. And then Abi sees the angry bruises circling Olivia’s wrists.

When the police unexpectedly rule Olivia’s fall an accident, Abi decides to find out what really happened that night. Heartbroken and grieving, she unravels the threads of her daughter’s life. Was Olivia’s fall an accident? Or something far more sinister?

Christina McDonald weaves a suspenseful and heartwrenching tale of hidden relationships, devastating lies, and the power of a mother’s love. With flashbacks of Olivia’s own resolve to uncover family secrets, this taut and emotional novel asks: how well do you know your children? And how well do they know you?” – Goodreads Continue reading “The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald – Book Review”

Design For Murder by Carolyn G. Hart – Book Review

Design For Murder by Carolyn G. Hart

Design For Murder by Carolyn G. Hart is a 1988 Bantam Books publication.

Source: audio book through Overdrive

“When Annie Laurance is invited to stage a Mystery Night for the Historical Preservation Society of Chastain, South Carolina, she instead finds herself the leading lady in a flesh-and-blood drama. The play’s the thing wherein the curtain falls on grande dame Corinne Webster. While fingers point at Annie, the perpetrator lurks within the genteel cast of Murder-Most-Make-Believe . . . and Annie has a race to find out who it is.” – Goodreads Continue reading “Design For Murder by Carolyn G. Hart – Book Review”

The Craftsman by Sharon J. Bolton – Book Review

Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your favorite books you’ve read in the past. This week I’ll be sharing with you a new to me author, Sharon Bolton. The followup to this book, The Poisoner, is due out this year.

The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton

The Craftsman by Sharon J. Bolton is a 2018 Minotaur publication.

Source: ARC received from the publisher through NetGalley

August, 1999
On the hottest day of the year, Assistant Commissioner Florence Lovelady attends the funeral of Larry Glassbrook, the convicted murderer she arrested thirty years earlier. A master carpenter and funeral director, Larry imprisoned his victims, alive, in the caskets he made himself. Clay effigies found entombed with their bodies suggested a motive beyond the worst human depravity.

June, 1969
13-year- old Patsy Wood has been missing for two days, the third teenager to disappear in as many months. New to the Lancashire police force and struggling to fit in, WPC Lovelady is sent to investigate an unlikely report from school children claiming to have heard a voice calling for help. A voice from deep within a recent grave.

August, 1999
As she tries to lay her ghosts to rest, Florence is drawn back to the Glassbrooks’ old house, in the shadow of Pendle Hill, where she once lodged with the family. She is chilled by the discovery of another effigy – one bearing a remarkable resemblance to herself. Is the killer still at large? Is Florence once again in terrible danger? Or, this time, could the fate in store be worse than even her darkest imaginings?” – Goodreads Continue reading “The Craftsman by Sharon J. Bolton – Book Review”

Book, Line and Sinker by Jenn McKinlay – Book Review

book line and sinker

Book, Line and Sinker by Jenn McKinlay is a 2012 Berkley publication.

Source: library book

“Lindsey is enjoying her second year in Briar Creek as the library director, meeting with the crafternoon club, and happily dating tour boat captain Mike Sullivan. But when a salvage company arrives in town to dig up treasure buried on Pirate Island over three hundred years ago, the locals are torn between protecting the island and welcoming the publicity.

In spite of the squabbling, Charlie Peyton, Lindsey’s downstairs neighbor, takes a job with the salvage company. But when Trudi Hargrave, the local tourism director who hired the company, is found murdered at the excavation site, Charlie becomes the chief suspect. To help him, Lindsey must do some digging of her own before the real killer buries the truth for good…” – Goodreads Continue reading “Book, Line and Sinker by Jenn McKinlay – Book Review”