Book Review: Our House

Book Review: Our HouseOur House
by Louise Candlish
on August 7, 2018
Pages: 416
Published by Berkley
Genres: Mystery/Crime, Suspense/Thriller
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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.

My Takeaway

What initially grabbed my attention about the book was its stunning cover (so pretty). Our House was an entertaining and intriguing read for the most part. I felt the middle part of the book was dull and too slow. Nevertheless, it was quite a bizarre story. Imagine going home and finding strangers moving into your house! Oh, and that was just the beginning! Things only got worse. I liked how Candlish offered several perspectives such as Fiona’s podcast narration (which included hashtags and comments), Bram’s word document, and past and present snippets. There were a few twists I figured out, but the biggest surprise was at the end of the book. Although Candlish has published several books in the UK, this was her US debut.

Thank you to Edelweiss and Berkley for a physical copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. You guys rock!

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