Our House by Louise Candlish
Published by Berkley on August 7, 2018 (expected)
Genre(s): fiction, contemporary, mystery, suspense
Format & Length: e-book, 416
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From an internationally acclaimed author, a disturbing and addictive novel of domestic suspense where secrets kept hidden from spouses cause shocking surprises that hit home…
There’s nothing unusual about a new family moving in at 91 Trinity Avenue. Except it’s her house. And she 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 coparenting 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.
Our House is a tale of domestic suspense that wound up being so engrossing, I sped through it over the course of a weekend.
With clear writing that flows smoothly and spot on storytelling, this was an easy and fast paced read. Following alternating perspectives of Fiona and Bram, who are going through a separation process and figuring out what that looks like for their family, this story unfolds in a way that keeps the reader on their toes. I won’t say much else about the plot except that it’s woven tautly and is what really drives the story along. What happens to the characters was more interesting to me than the characters themselves. Most were fairly stereotypical and I had some trouble believing some of their backstories.
Any issues I did have with this book were thrown from my mind with the last few sentences, closing it with a gasp and not being able to stop thinking about it for some time after. Ultimately, reading Our House was an entertaining and satisfying reading experience, and I’d definitely be interested in reading more by Candlish.