Friday, August 10, 2018

Review: Our House by Louise Candlish

Our House
by Louise Candlish

Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.

Kritters Thoughts:  Told in two different formats that were unique and interesting.  One was the transcript of sorts of a podcast that Fiona Lawson made about this incident that happened to her and the other was a word document that Abraham Lawson left behind.  Sprinkled amongst these two formats were narration to help give a little context and help move the story along.

Fiona Lawson approaches her house where she is "bird nesting" with her soon to be ex husband and finds all of her belongings gone and a new family moving in.  She must quickly get to the bottom of this without the aid of this soon to be ex husband who has disappeared.  What an interesting mystery!

I loved the story.  I loved the characters.  I loved the concept.  I just loved this one.  It was easy for a summer weekend to dip in and out of and pick up and put down for a weekend.  At the same time it was so interesting that I wanted to keep reading and reading to find out how it would all unfold.  

BUT the ending.  Without spoiling too much, I have to say that I hated the ending.  I wanted so much more from it and I wasn't happy with the conclusion.  Would I read it with knowing about the ending, YES!  The story is so different and fascinating that it is worth a little bit of frustration at the end.

Again, I love reading an author and finding out that they have a backlist.  Have you read any of Louise's backlist?  If I loved this one where should I go next?  

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley NAL.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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