Our House

Our House

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 arrange...

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Our House Reviews

  • Miriam Smith

    FAB-U-LOUS!!!

    I absolutely LOVED "our house" by Louise Candlish - I couldn't put it down, couldn't stop thinking about it - it was truly addictive, compelling and hypnotic. It was by far the best psychological thriller I've read for quite a while and I expect it to do extremely well in the bestsellers chart.

    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. Fiona (Fi) arrives home to find a removals v

    FAB-U-LOUS!!!

    I absolutely LOVED "our house" by Louise Candlish - I couldn't put it down, couldn't stop thinking about it - it was truly addictive, compelling and hypnotic. It was by far the best psychological thriller I've read for quite a while and I expect it to do extremely well in the bestsellers chart.

    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. Fiona (Fi) arrives home to find a removals van outside her house. Trinity Avenue has been her family’s home for years. Where are all her belongings? How could this have happened? Desperately calling her ex-husband Bram, Fi discovers he has disappeared. The more Fi uncovers, the more she realises their lives have been turned upside by a nightmare of their own making. A devastating crime has been committed, but who exactly is the guilty party? What has Bram hidden from her – and what has she hidden from him?

    I enjoyed reading Fiona's recollection of the story through a podcast and Bram's through a letter/word document interspersed with the events as they happened. This was a unique way of story telling and very creative that was fun to follow and obviously very skilfully put together. Although Fi was perhaps a little too forgiving and nice towards her husband, it was believable considering her love for the children and the concern for their welfare. I personally haven't heard of the 'birds nest' set up before but can see how it could work by putting the child/children's needs first. Property fraud, murder, adultery, secrets, lies, betrayal, double crossing - this book has it all and much more, twists and turns along the way that keep the story exciting and entertaining. Many a time I was caught out at the sudden revelations.

    The premise of the story is such a frightening scenario, especially with the fraudsters being so close to home and it really did have my stomach in a flutter of nerves thinking about it happening to me!

    I will definitely be reading more by this brilliant author again, as far as I'm concerned Louise has reached the dizzy heights of exceptional psychological suspense with professionalism, creative imagination and tremendous storytelling. I was spellbound to the very last page and quite upset when it ended but wow! What an ending!

    With a beautiful cover too, this book just oozes to be read and it should come as no surprise that I highly recommend "our house" to psychological and thriller readers young and old, it's tantalisingly good and not to be missed!

    5 stars

  • Berit☀️✨

    4.5 Stars Filled With Madness 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

    -Madness-Our House 1982

    Fiona was certainly house prou

    4.5 Stars Filled With Madness 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

    -Madness-Our House 1982

    Fiona was certainly house proud, but whether or not she liked a mess she certainly found herself in the middle of one... imagine returning home to find someone else has moved into your house... The problem? As far as you know your house was never for sale... and why can you not reach your ex-husband on his phone? Where is your stuff, where are your children? Sounds dreadful, doesn’t it?

    The unraveling of this story was quite brilliant... told from Fiona‘s perspective through podcast episodes... Fiona was such a likable generous person who absolutely put her children before all else.... and truly this “bird nest “custody arrangement really played nicely into her house being sold right out from under her... BUT I’m absolutely not going to blame the victim here! We also got Brahm’s perspective through a letter/word doc.... now it was really hard for me to elicit any sympathy for him, he really was a reckless selfish individual.... The one good thing I can say about him is I do think he truly loved his wife and children, he just didn’t know how to go about it.... but what a horrible mess he left for Fiona to clean up!

    Along with the podcast and word doc we also got the real time story... this was a TS read and some of the sisters found this to be repetitive.... however, I did not... I really liked getting to see events unfold from both Fiona and Brahm’s points of view... and I felt the use of different medias really kept it fresh....

    This book was such a crazy ride! Such a rollercoaster... I got all buckled in and then... that huge hill that starts your heart kmbeating faster and fills you with anticipation... and just when you least expect it you’re headed down that huge hill being turned upside down and then you come to a screeching slamming jarring stop!.... that really is this book so many twists, so many turns, and an ending that will leave you reeling!

    Strongly recommend this book to all psychological thriller lovers and I hope you enjoy the ride!

    *** many thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

  • Mackenzie - Traveling Sister

    A domestic noir novel that will pull you into the suspense and shock you with every last twist! Wow, I am beyond impressed with the new novel

    by Louise Candlish! By 30% through this book, I couldn’t have put it down if I tried. I first was introduced to Candlish in her previous book

    . I loved that book, but this one shows a level of growth as a writer that has me positively glowing after reading it. This one took ahold of my life and didn’t release me

    A domestic noir novel that will pull you into the suspense and shock you with every last twist! Wow, I am beyond impressed with the new novel

    by Louise Candlish! By 30% through this book, I couldn’t have put it down if I tried. I first was introduced to Candlish in her previous book

    . I loved that book, but this one shows a level of growth as a writer that has me positively glowing after reading it. This one took ahold of my life and didn’t release me. When I finally finished it, I couldn’t get over the ending for hours! I was shocked and excited—and I’m even more excited to share this with readers who will get to experience those twists for the first time!

    Fi and Bram have the perfect house in the perfect neighborhood. It’s the sort of neighborhood where outsiders clamor to get in, and insiders are desperate to stay in. The sort of neighborhood where all of the residents know how lucky they are to live there. And each time someone moves out, they are aware that none of them are truly entitled to that perfect life. They are all just barely able to afford it, and one wrong move could send it all tumbling down.

    And for Bram and Fi, that wrong move comes from a marital indiscretion. Determined not to lose their dream home, even if she lost her dream husband, Fi and Bram set up a birds nest arrangement—the kids stay in the home, and Fi and Bram take turns living with them as the custodial parent. It’s the perfect arrangement—the boys get a stable environment, and Fi and Bram get to keep their perfect, just-out-of-reach home.

    And then one day, Fi arrives home to see another family moving into her house. Frantic and assuming it is a mistake, Fi finds the nightmare only gets worse. The family claims they purchased the home from her and Bram. When Fi tries to reach Bram, his phone is disconnected. Even worse, the boys never arrived at school. As the details unfold, Fi realizes that she has become the victim of a crime most can only imagine, and the only way to hope to find justice means she’ll tell her story to the world…

    I loved the story-telling mechanisms that Candlish uses in this book to keep the pace moving and the story fresh. The book begins the day Fi arrives home to see another family moving into her house. Then the book actually moves forward in time, but also into the past. Several weeks after Fi discovers the new family in her house, she is on a podcast called #Victim. In the podcast, Fi recounts her story from the beginning, all the way back when Bram first moved out. Fi hopes to bring awareness to this sort of real estate fraud, and prevent others from falling victim to the crime she fell victim to.

    And then we have Bram’s story, written in the form of a letter to an unknown recipient at the same time Fi is on the podcast. They tell the story of their marital break up and the crime itself in perfect pace with one another. In a style that I’ve come to realize is classically Candlish, the story from each person keeps up with the other, and a revelation in one person’s story is then picked up in the other’s. In this way, the plot moves steadily, and little tidbits of information come to light, with spin from each party. And you get the distinct impression neither is telling the full truth.

    The only thing better than one unreliable narrator is two unreliable narrators, amirite??

    This book is truly a slow-burning, domestic noir masterpiece. I read this one over only a few days, and when I reached the last page I couldn’t even sit still because my mind was buzzing from the final scene! Candlish has a way of dropping hints that the reader completely overlooks. But as each twist is revealed, the hints add up and make you realize you probably should have been able to tell what was going on the whole time. That is how you begin to empathize with the characters. When the same things that fooled them, fool you as well.

    Candlish is truly a master of crafting a carefully constructed plot that showcases how easy it is to be tricked into your worst nightmare. I am still buzzing from the final reveal days later! I can’t wait for readers to begin this one and experience all of the twists themselves!

    Many thanks to Berkley for sending me an advanced reader copy of this novel to review. I loved it!

  • Maureen

    **4.5 STARS**

    Fiona ( Fi ) Lawson lives in a very desirable London suburb, and she always gets a warm tingly feeling when she enters her street. However, on this particular beautiful winter's day she spots a removal van outside her house - but it can't possibly be her house, the house a few doors down has been on the market, it must be that one. As she reaches her house, the realisation that someone is moving their furniture in, their personal possessions, hits her like a sledge hammer, but she'

    **4.5 STARS**

    Fiona ( Fi ) Lawson lives in a very desirable London suburb, and she always gets a warm tingly feeling when she enters her street. However, on this particular beautiful winter's day she spots a removal van outside her house - but it can't possibly be her house, the house a few doors down has been on the market, it must be that one. As she reaches her house, the realisation that someone is moving their furniture in, their personal possessions, hits her like a sledge hammer, but she'll sort it out ( won't she?) it's just a ridiculous mistake surely. Well actually no it isn't a mistake, and she desperately needs to contact her estranged husband Bram - problem is, Bram is nowhere to be found, and not only that, but their two boys Harry and Leo aren't where they should be either!

    Well goodness me, what a roller coaster ride of a story this is, and what avenues it takes us down as deceit becomes the major player. It isn't a thriller in the normal sense of the word, but it's gripping nevertheless. The characters speak to us through various mediums, ( Bram via Word document ) and in that respect we get to know much more about Bram's part in all this than Fi does. You know the old saying "Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we set out to deceive"? Absorb that thought because this is deceit at its most profound. Add in numerous twists and turns and you've got a real winner. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

    * Thank you to Netgalley and Simon and Schuster for my ARC in exchange for an honest review*

  • Deanna

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    4.5 Stars!

    Can you imagine coming home one day to find strangers moving their belongings into YOUR home? Unpacking and putting things away while you stand there in shock? Well, that’s exactly what has happened to Fiona Lawson in “

    ”.

    The book starts off right at the heart of it. Our female protagonist, forty-two-year-old, Fiona Lawson is heading down her street and sees what looks like someone carrying items into her

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    4.5 Stars!

    Can you imagine coming home one day to find strangers moving their belongings into YOUR home? Unpacking and putting things away while you stand there in shock? Well, that’s exactly what has happened to Fiona Lawson in “

    ”.

    The book starts off right at the heart of it. Our female protagonist, forty-two-year-old, Fiona Lawson is heading down her street and sees what looks like someone carrying items into her house. She thinks that she must be seeing things. But she’s not…two moving men are clearly walking down HER path, taking things into HER house.

    She sees a woman who she thinks must be a friend of her estranged husband, Bram. But when she speaks to this woman she’s in no way prepared for what she hears.

    She's also not prepared for what she sees inside the house. ALL of their things are gone. The house is empty…well except for the stranger’s things being moved in.

    Prior to this, Fiona and her soon to be ex-husband, Bram have been sharing custody of their boys, as well as their house at 91 Trinity Avenue. Whoever's turn it is to be with the children stays in the house with them while the other parent stays somewhere else. It’s a fairly new and unique way of doing things. It’s called “

    But right now Fiona has no idea what’s going on. Plus she can’t find Bram. She calls him but his phone is out of service. It’s like he’s fallen off the face of the earth. At that moment, she realizes her house is the least of her worries. Where is Bram? Where are her children?

    This was such an interesting and unique read. I really enjoyed how the story was told with alternating perspectives. I also enjoyed the social media aspect. “

    ” is a podcast where Fiona tells her story. Interspersed throughout the novel are comments from listeners of the podcast as well as excerpts from a word document that help to give readers another point of view.

    Though I did figure out a couple of things ahead of time, I was still completely in the grip of this intriguing story. An interesting plot, some great characters, along with a few great twists made this a very enjoyable read. I really liked how everything came together in the end.

    In my opinion, "

    was a well-written, intriguing domestic suspense novel that has me excited to see what Louise Candlish writes next!

    I'd like to thank Berkley for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Christina - Traveling Sister

    Aye, you're not wrong there Webster.

    This starts right out of the gate and immediately draws the reader in. We begin our story with Fiona (Fi) Lawson arriving home earlier than expected to see strangers seemingly moving furniture in and out of her home without understanding why. Upon entering, she and these

    Aye, you're not wrong there Webster.

    This starts right out of the gate and immediately draws the reader in. We begin our story with Fiona (Fi) Lawson arriving home earlier than expected to see strangers seemingly moving furniture in and out of her home without understanding why. Upon entering, she and these strangers quickly realize that something is amiss. The Vaughns have just completed their purchase of a beautiful home, in an incredibly desirable neighborhood in London unbeknownst to Fi (the now previous owner). With this information, the story begins and Fi's life, falls apart.

    This was one of the most cleverly written and formatted stories I've read in a long time. I've honestly never encountered anything quite like this and I really enjoyed it for the most part. We are given alternating POVs between Fi and the husband she is currently separating from, Bram. Not just are we given alternating POVs but the formatting of those views changes as well. Fi is now participating in a podcast called

    (think

    ) and she's telling her story first hand. We're also given commentary from the viewers in re-tweet fashion. I really enjoyed the alternating points of view but I will say the commentary from the viewers and their tweets grew tiresome and felt unneeded. In the end, it felt

    kitschy to me.

    We're also given Bram's POV through a word document letter that allows the reader to follow along with the information Fi knows and what Bram knows to actually be happening on his end. Bram is a decidedly unlikable and unreliable narrator. However, Candlish did a superb job of creating a lot of empathy through Fiona's emotion and her connection to her soon-to-be ex-husband. Despite knowing that he was a Grade-A wanker I still felt for his story and through that, I felt a deeper connection to Fi.

    This ultimately loses a star for me because while it was consistently paced it started to drag a bit in the middle. I normally blow through these types of novels and they tend to be very much

    , and I didn't feel that for the entirety of this read. There wasn't wasted time on unnecessary characters, but it did feel there was a lot of wasted time on unnecessary detail.

    However, despite this, when things picked back up in the last third of the book they certainly packed quite the punch. The twists for the most part (aside from one which didn't feel it had all the proper development) were everything a reader could want. I was both surprised and satisfied in the end. I completed this as a Traveling Sisters read and I'd certainly suggest it to anyone to pick up. I hadn't originally thought property fraud would be all that thrilling, but I'm happy to report I was yet again wrong!

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    I'm going to keep this one short and sweet, because I've found I don't have much to say that hasn't been said already. This wasn't a bad read; the cover is inviting, the premise is brilliant, and there was even a nice twist thrown in, so I did enjoy this overall. My main issue was that the middle portion of the story felt bogged down. It could just be that I was in a funk when I picked this up and needed something a little more fast paced for the moment, but I felt the narrative was repetitive a

    I'm going to keep this one short and sweet, because I've found I don't have much to say that hasn't been said already. This wasn't a bad read; the cover is inviting, the premise is brilliant, and there was even a nice twist thrown in, so I did enjoy this overall. My main issue was that the middle portion of the story felt bogged down. It could just be that I was in a funk when I picked this up and needed something a little more fast paced for the moment, but I felt the narrative was repetitive and that we were reading the same scenes again and again, which caused me to struggle for a bit. Overall, the majority has raved about this one and I think it's worth picking up to decide if you enjoy it for yourself.

  • Diane S ☔

    The beginning draws the reader in, it is such a strange happening. When Fi returns early from an out of town trip, she is surprises and confused, to find a new family inhabiting her house. Going out of her way to be fair in regards to her cheating husband, aware of his love for his sons, she had agreed to share custody, and to retain the family home. The parent would move in and out, with the children having a stable environment. So how and why could this happen?

    Secrets, intirgue, and a format u

    The beginning draws the reader in, it is such a strange happening. When Fi returns early from an out of town trip, she is surprises and confused, to find a new family inhabiting her house. Going out of her way to be fair in regards to her cheating husband, aware of his love for his sons, she had agreed to share custody, and to retain the family home. The parent would move in and out, with the children having a stable environment. So how and why could this happen?

    Secrets, intirgue, and a format using a television show and Twitter to tell the story. We sleep hear from the husband in alternating chapters. Twist after twist. One would expect this to be a quick moving story, but I found it anything but. I felt it dragged, read extremely slow. Plus, hearing the story from both viewpoints created much unwelcome repetition.

    I appreciate how this story was put together, not sure if it was particularly realistic but the twists were entertaining and clever. Never felt any affiinity to the characters either, so I ended up thinking this was good, okay, but not more.

    This was a sisters read, one in which we had various responses.

    ARC from Edelweiss.

  • Navidad Thelamour

    Oh my God, it’s been a long time since I’ve suffered through a book that made me want to just BE DONE WITH IT ALREADY! But this book,

    , by Louise Candlish, just seemed to just go on and ON. Seriously, there was NO reason for this book to be 400 pages. There were way too many asides throughout this novel, which slowed the pace greatly and contributed to the superfluous word count. Not to mention, those peanut gallery comments from the “viewers” of the crime podcast that Fiona Lawson is t

    Oh my God, it’s been a long time since I’ve suffered through a book that made me want to just BE DONE WITH IT ALREADY! But this book,

    , by Louise Candlish, just seemed to just go on and ON. Seriously, there was NO reason for this book to be 400 pages. There were way too many asides throughout this novel, which slowed the pace greatly and contributed to the superfluous word count. Not to mention, those peanut gallery comments from the “viewers” of the crime podcast that Fiona Lawson is telling her story to (which allows for the author, Louise Candlish, to tell Fiona’s story under the guise of recounting her story to these podcast listeners) really burnt my biscuit! They were so annoying, ridiculous and distracting that I trained myself to skip them entirely whenever I encountered them.

    Though it is a genre I tend to enjoy for the most part (see my reviews of Ruth Ware and Fiona Barton) this novel was everything that I hate in British cozy thrillers: centered around a meek woman who’s “gullible” and made a victim as she tries to take back the power in the end. It also was not very well-written, quite honestly. Candlish has obviously never heard of Hemingway’s “Iceberg Theory,” because, for this being a thriller, she certainly didn’t trust her reader to come to any conclusions on their own, which really took all of the bite and fun out of reading this book for me.

    Here, you fill a fantastic example of a book that

    Literally, my mind started wandering by page 60 as my mind started calculating how many paragraphs of text I’d just written that really could have been removed from my life altogether.

    All in all, the premise of Louise Candlish’s

    is phenomenal, the execution is mediocre if not terrible in parts, and the aside bits nearly drove me mad. If you’re looking for a streamlined, heart-pounding thrill of a ride, don’t waste your time with this one. I really don't have much else to say about this one because I've already turned my mind to finding my next book, which will have to be GREAT to wash away the annoyance I've built up from pushing through this one.

    I have a friend who reads my reviews and once told me it’d be SO hilarious if I just wrote the word “TRASH” as a book review for the next truly terrible book I encounter and then just dropped the mike. I won’t do that here, but there were parts where I was honestly tempted. 2 stars for premise and premise alone -- and maybe even because I fancy the cover; it's brilliant! ;) . **

    **I received an advance-read physical copy of this book from the publisher, Berkley, in exchange for an honest review.**

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