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Our House (2018)

de Louise Candlish

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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"--… (més)
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Louise Candlish has developed a fine knack of creating gripping thrillers out of circumstances with which everyone can identify. In Those People, the residents of a quiet road in a prosperous suburb of London find their lives disrupted beyond breaking point when a new neighbour moves in, and demonstrates a completely different set of values and expectations. In The Other Passenger, a group of commuters who travel by London’s Riverbus (one of the more spacious and comfortable forms of commuting that the capital has to offer) get to know each other through their shared daily routine. To the brief descriptions of both of those novels, one might easily add three telling words ‘with disastrous consequences’.

The starting point of Our House is (thankfully) less immediately recognisable, although there is almost a ‘there but for the grace of God’ feel about the nature of the shock that Fiona Lawson receives on the first pages of the book. She fleetingly returns home one afternoon, a day earlier than expected, and finds that a new family has moved into her own house. It soon becomes evident that this is not a prank, and the newcomers have paid a substantial sum to buy the property, and all the paperwork seems to be legitimate.

The story is told in the form of real time narrative interspersed with Fiona’s contribution to a real crime podcast, made some months afterwards, and a sprawling narrative by her estranged former husband. As so often with this sort of book, my attempts to provide a synopsis have probably made it sound very trivial and implausible. Nothing could be further from the truth. As the story unfolds it all seems frighteningly credible, and the characters’ behaviour is all too easily understood.

Louise Candlish is also brilliant at weaving sinuous tales with numerous, utterly unforeseen twists, and there were very few that I foresaw at all. This was very entertaining, yet also rather frightening in the way it showed the vulnerability of all that we think is most valuable to us. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Mar 22, 2021 |
I so did not want this book to end. It did have many sad moments but I found it almost fascinating with all of the little underlying quirks going on with each character. Nobody was who they seemed. I totally did not expect the ending. This has to be one of the best books I have read this year. ( )
  purple_pisces22 | Mar 14, 2021 |
So many twists and turns! This is a unique concept, a woman coming home only to discover her house was sold out from under her. The coincidences the culprits have gone to to ensure she wouldn’t find out are extreme, and the one person she should have been able to count on has fallen prey to them too.

*I received this book in exchange for a free review* ( )
  JaxlynLeigh | Jan 2, 2021 |
Fi Lawson arrives home to find strangers moving into her house. Fi however has not sold her house and cannot understand why these people are moving in. To make things more complicated Fi cannot get hold of her husband Bram.

I really enjoyed this book. I seem to enjoy thrillers lately which are set around the home and family. This story drew me in from the beginning and I couldn't wait to see how it was going to pan out.

The story follows both Fi and Bram and how things ended up the way it did. Bram's story was like a rollercoaster out of control and I found this quite Intriguing. Fi's story was different of course as she didn't know about anything.

The story did have it's twists and turns and I found it very enjoyable. I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys thrillers especially set around the home. ( )
  tina1969 | Oct 31, 2020 |
There are two main sources of narration in this novel: combined they present not only an unusual story but an unusual plot structure.

When Fiona Lawson arrives at her house to discover it has been sold and is actually in the process of being moved into, her estranged husband is already in Europe. And so his story begins, presented as his real-time thoughts and a word document saved on his computer.

Fiona's story is presented as a podcast script via the website of The Victim, in a series that begins six weeks after she has lost her home. Each episode comes complete with followers who, at the end of each episode, add their tweets and predictions of what will happen.

It is Bram who must bear the bulk of the guilt for what happens, but Fiona is not innocent either.

An excellent read. ( )
  smik | Oct 17, 2020 |
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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"--

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