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.
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by Louise Candlish
Our House was uniquely brilliant in the sense that you just did not know what was going to happen next or why the main male character, Bram, did what he did. It was eerie, breathtaking, and such a good read; I couldn’t put this book down.
“They didn’t tell us that the worst disasters would be those of our own making.”
The overall premise of the book caught my attention and intrigued me like no other. I couldn’t imagine coming home to a house that is no longer mine or trying to understand why my own husband would sell it out from under me. It was a mystery in and of itself, but Candlilsh gives us so much suspense with the way she sets the overall book up to be read. It was brilliant and kept me wanting to know more at every single turn.
The characters were interesting enough. Fi was your typical wife in my opinion. She loved her family, took care of her house, went to work, and tried to be a decent human being. I think a lot of women can relate to her in the sense of being married awhile and having a husband, kids, and house to maintain. In some ways I thought she was morbidly obsessed with her house and the community that she lived in, but some would probably call it pride. Bram was a man who loved his family, but sometimes loved himself more. He drank a little too much for my liking, but I feel like Candlish showed a realistic family in most ways.
Like I said, the plot kept me coming back, but in some ways there was just too much detail. Maybe Candlish added all the little things to help us better understand and relate to the characters, but for me it made the overall story drag in some areas. I felt as if the pace slowed and sped up all in the same chapter and it was a dizzying feeling. This doesn’t take away from the main issues of the book and plot though. I still felt this was a solid story with an okay climax, and twisty ending.
Overall, I’m glad that I picked this book up. This year my goal was to read more suspense/thriller type novels and this fit right in. I was pleasantly surprised with this one, and loved it despite the drag in some areas.