Phew! Yesterday was a crazy day for book releases – so many great books and so many reviews to share with you 🙂
Thanks to Berkley Pub #PRHPartner for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
OUR HOUSE – Louise Candlish (out now!)
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.
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!
Once again, I think glancing through some reviews prior to picking this book up really helped me mentally prepare. I don’t think that OUR HOUSE can be categorized as the crazy thriller that it’s been marketed as (always sad to see when mismarketing happens). This is more of a domestic noir/suspense novel and would fall into the lighter side of the spectrum for thrillers.
This book has a very unique and different way of telling the story and I applaud the author for that. I know some people aren’t a fan of the style choices but I thought it was a refreshing approach. I really enjoyed the alternating perspectives and timelines – a commonality within the suspense genre. The novel was sprinkled with transcripts from a podcast called The Victim – all about true crime. We also get sections that include commentary and responses from listeners in the form of Tweets.
I know this style won’t be for everyone but I’m always fascinated to see the new ways that books and authors include social media. It plays such a huge role in society and I’m happy to see this being included in thrillers/suspense novels. As you would expect from a domestic drama/suspense novel there is plenty of drama to go around and the ever-popular theme that not everything is as it seems. The beautiful homes and seemingly happy marriages are the best disguises for the chaos and dysfunction behind closed doors.
Overall, if you’re looking for something on the lighter side of the spectrum for thrillers and suspense novels, then this will be the perfect book for you. This was a unique and compelling read and I can see why some readers will be divided on it.
(Photo by Jonathan Ring)
About the Author:
Louise Candlish attended University College London and worked as an editor in art publishing and as a copywriter before becoming a novelist. She lives with her husband and daughter.
Learn more on her website at louisecandlish.com
What did you think of this one?