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.

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”

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”

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths – 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 favorite author of mine, Elly Griffiths.

Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths is a 2018 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publication.

Source: advanced copy from the publisher

“Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder. A high school English teacher specializing in the Gothic writer R. M. Holland, she teaches a course on it every year. But when one of Clare’s colleagues and closest friends is found dead, with a line from R. M. Holland’s most famous story, “The Stranger,” left by her body, Clare is horrified to see her life collide with the storylines of her favourite literature.

To make matters worse, the police suspect the killer is someone Clare knows. Unsure whom to trust, she turns to her closest confidant, her diary, the only outlet she has for her darkest suspicions and fears about the case. Then one day she notices something odd. Writing that isn’t hers, left on the page of an old diary: “Hallo, Clare. You don’t know me.”

Clare becomes more certain than ever: “The Stranger” has come to terrifying life. But can the ending be rewritten in time?” – Goodreads Continue reading “The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths – Book Review”

No Bad Deed by Heather Chavez – Book Review

No Bad Deed by Heather Chavez
No Bad Deed by Heather Chavez is a 2020 William Morrow publication.

Source: advanced egalley from NetGalley and the publisher

“Driving home one rainy night, Cassie Larkin sees a man and woman fighting on the side of the road. After calling 911, the veterinarian makes a split-second decision that will throw her sedate suburban life into chaos. Against all reason and advice, she gets out of her minivan and chases after the violent man, trying to help his victim. When Cassie physically tries to stop him, he suddenly turns on her and spits out an ominous threat: “Let her die, and I’ll let you live.”

A veterinarian trained to heal, Cassie can’t let the woman die. But while she’s examining the unconscious victim, the attacker steals her car. Now he has her name. Her address. And he knows about her children. Though they warn her to be careful, the police assure her that the perpetrator—a criminal named Carver Sweet—won’t get near her. Cassie isn’t so sure.

The next day—Halloween—her husband disappears while trick-or-treating with their six-year-old daughter. Are these disturbing events a coincidence or the beginning of a horrifying nightmare? Her husband has been growing distant—is it possible he’s become involved with another woman? Is Cassie’s confrontation with the road-side attacker connected to her husband’s disappearance? With all these questions swirling in her mind Cassie can trust no one, maybe not even herself. The only thing she knows for sure is that she can’t sit back while the people she loves are in danger.

As she desperately searches for answers, Cassie discovers that nothing is as random as it seems, and that she is more than willing to fight—to go the most terrifying extremes—to save her family and her marriage.” – Goodreads Continue reading “No Bad Deed by Heather Chavez – Book Review”

Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald – Book Review

Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald

Behind Every Lie by Christina Mcdonald is a 2020 Gallery Books publication.

Source: an advanced egalley made available through Netgalley and the publisher

If you can’t remember it, how do you prove you didn’t do it?

Eva Hansen wakes in the hospital after being struck by lightning and discovers her mother, Kat, has been murdered. Eva was found unconscious down the street. She can’t remember what happened but the police are highly suspicious of her.

Determined to clear her name, Eva heads from Seattle to London—Kat’s former home—for answers. But as she unravels her mother’s carefully held secrets, Eva soon realizes that someone doesn’t want her to know the truth. And with violent memories beginning to emerge, Eva doesn’t know who to trust. Least of all herself.” – Goodreads Continue reading “Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald – Book Review”

Who I Am by Sarah Simpson – 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, Sarah Simpson.

Who I Am by Sarah SimpsonWho I Am by Sarah Simpson is a 2018 Aria Books publication.

Source: advanced copy from the publisher through NetGalley

“I know everything about you

And you know everything about me… except

WHO I AM.

Andi met Camilla at university. Instantly best friends, they shared everything together. Until their long-planned graduation celebration ends in tragedy…

Years later, Andi is living a seemingly perfect life on the rugged Cornish Coast with her loving husband, happy children and dream home. Yet Andi is haunted by a secret she thought only she knew.

Someone out there is bringing Andi’s deepest fears to life. And she knows there’s no escaping the past that has come back to haunt her…

You trusted me with your secrets, you told me everything, you thought I was your best friend… but you have no idea WHO I AM.

Gripping, unputdownable and packed with twists and turns from the first page to the very last, this stunning psychological thriller will make you question whether we can ever really trust the ones we love.” – Goodreads Continue reading “Who I Am by Sarah Simpson – Book Review”