☆☆➹⁀☆ 4.5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
What It’s About:
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.
Abraham and Fiona Lawson tell the story of their house, their marriage, and their poor choices in Louise Candilish’s Our House. The author’s storytelling is amazing; she cleverly crafted the story layout with Fiona’s side is primarily told through her video podcast of The Victim (a reality crime program of sorts) and Bram’s story is told via his suicide note/confession.
I did find the story bogged down a bit, but it wasn’t so much the pace as it was the set up of an acrimonious and failing marriage. A relationship filled with deceit and complaining tends to suck the life out of you (and the characters). However, Our House is not your usual failing marriage drama. It is filled with blackmail, complex, scams and retribution. I enjoyed how Ms. Candlish brought together Fiona and Bram’s tales at the book’s zenith. However, the best part is the denouement where a good intention will eventually set off a karmic conclusion. I didn’t see that coming, and I have to say, it left me pondering whether or not I like the probable outcome. Our House is a delectable thriller that you shouldn’t miss!