Book Review: Our House by Louise Candlish


Thanks to Berkley Publishing for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!

- published: 7 August 2018 by Berkley Publishing Group

- genres: mystery, thriller

- length: 416 pages

- more info on Goodreads

- available on Amazon

Description

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.

Review

Fi and Bram are an estranged married couple trying out the new "bird's nest" form of coparenting. Suddenly, the plan isn't working out too well when Fi discovers a new family moving into their house- and her husband and children are missing.

The story unfolds in a unique way; Fi's story is told through her podcast and Bram's story is told through a document.

Ready their individual points of view is more intriguing than it is exciting. There are a few dull moments, but as the events unfold I found myself wanting to leave the book alone increasingly less.

But, just as I was beginning to feel let down, the story takes a delightfully dark twist... that you'll have to read for yourself!

Thriller and mystery books have been on my radar since A.J. Finn's The Woman in the Window released at the beginning of the year (review here). And Candlish does not disappoint with Our House, but I would not go to great lengths to compare it with Finn's debut novel.

In short, I give Our House three out of five stars. It was entertaining and suspenseful, just like I like.

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