Our House by Louise Candlish

Our House

Louise Candlish

When Fiona Lawson comes home to find strangers moving into her house, Fiona will discover just how many lies her husband was weaving and how little they truly knew each other.

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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.


Advance Galley Reviews

This was an okay book. The premise sounded interesting, but the execution was lacking. I was intrigued in the beginning of the novel, but as it progressed I found my interest waning and then eventually I stopped caring. I did like how she presented the information with the wife telling her story through a radio program and then giving his and her perspectives on the actual events. I just fell like this could have been more compelling than it was.

This wasn't as suspenseful as I hoped it would be - or as the opening suggested. It's a GREAT concept, just this side of plausible and eerie for that. But both halves of the Lawson marriage are pretty unappealing in their own ways, and when both the protagonist AND antagonist are difficult to like, it makes the reading a little rough at times... Add in a story that (to me) over-describes a lot of the events and gives a lot of (to me) unnecessary detail on minor bits while glossing over more major ones, and you have a story that didn't quite deliver on my expectations. I did enjoy the twist near the end - that helped suck me back into the story enough to enjoy seeing how things wound up, but there was a rather long bit in the middle that felt like it dragged and could have used a tighter edit to keep things a little more edge-of-the-seat. Still, it was a pleasant enough read on the whole - particularly (I suspect) if you go in without paying too much attention to the hype and just read it...

So I had an issue with the download since the first page of each chapter was completely blank. So I had to piece everything together on what was happening when I started a new chapter. Other than that, it was very well written and entertaining. Bram seemed like a whiny jerk but that would just be my opinion. I cannot wait until I can buy this novel and really read it -- all of the pages. Would recommend to my friends who like this genre.

Wow. This thriller was amazing. Brilliantly based and uniquely written from Fi and Bram's perspectives. A woman comes home from a business trip to find that her house has been sold from out from under her by co-parenting bird nesting ex and her children have disappeared. Seriously a great page turner that I would highly recommend. Her ex's life has unraveled and it is fascinating to read the side by side retelling of Fi and Bram's stories.

Sorry, this was a DNF for me. No real suspense, the plot and characters did not pull me in. Maybe it was the implausible plot from the outset, but I would not recommend.

4.5 stars Thank you to First to Read and Berkley for allowing me to read and review this novel. There is a saying that a frustrated woman will often use when it comes to understanding a man ~ 'He will be the death of me" ! Nothing better can explain this book. We find Fi and Bram unhappily married with two sons, two careers and a wonderful expensive old home in the best of neighborhoods in London. From the outside they seem to be a stable, fairly-happy married couple with equivalent friends involved in community and school functions. But underneath there are a lot of lies and infidelities that take a toll on their marriage. They soon split up, and devise a cohabiting existence for the health and welfare of their sons. It appears that Bram is the deceitful partner. Basically just a bad seed. Bram causes problems where ever he goes. He has been involved in a number of problems that are coming back to bite him, most of which Fi knows nothing about. One of his indiscretions leads to a major accident, that is witnessed by a man even more despicable than Bram himself. Bram feels there is only one way out of this dilemma, but before he takes that action, he must set some things right. How does his big finale, his big sacrifice for Fi and his boys turn out? As I said, Bram causes problems where ever he goes...

An addicting and compelling novel, Our House enthralls the reader right from the very first sentence. Fiona Lawson comes home one day to find people moving into her house and her estranged husband MIA. The recollection of the story via podcast and word documents by both Fiona and her husband, Bram, was such a fun a modern, creative, and unique spin to story telling that it serves to keep the reader not only continuously guessing but also itching for the whole picture. Candlish does an amazing job by writing a novel that suits present day happenings by injecting true crime podcasts and social media feedback into the story. Candlish's Our House is an absolutely tantalizing novel that makes you really reflect on how well you know the people around you and how far you'll go to hide your mistakes.

What sh*tshow these people's lives are!! I cannot even start to fathom the choices some of these characters made, but hey - it makes for a great story! What would you do if you came home one day and people were moving into your house? All your stuff is gone (including your estranged husband - totally missing) and the moving truck is backed up to your front door and unloading someone else's stuff??? Bonkers. Totally bonkers. Safe to sat Fiona Lawson is about to lose her mind. Who are these strangers and how on Earth did they find, purchase, and move into her house when she was just away for the weekend! And um... where the F are her kids?!?! Her missing husband may or may not have something to do with it. And the secrets! They just come spewing out from every side, every angle, and everyone! SUCH an interesting way to tell a story, too! I really enjoyed the back and forth, and different mediums used - though normal narrative - past and present, podcasts (with listener comments and hashtags too!) and even a suicide note... so crazy! This was shaping up to be a definite 5 star read for sure.. but meh. The end was SO abrupt. I was like, "um... did someone remove some pages in the back of my book? Did the printer run out of ink?" OK, OK I get that it's one of those, 'whats gonna happen?' type endings maybe? But too much unanswered for me, too much left up in the air, that I almost felt like there was no direction or solution to things so let's just STOP. Eh, no. I was all-in until the last few chapters - and then totally bummed. Overall, a really cool story, great narrative, clever twists - but the abruptness of that ending just made feel like someone got a bit lazy.

Thanks to First to Read for a free ARC of the book. The book starts of very strong and immediately pulled me. Told from the viewpoints of Fi and Bram, ex-wife and husband and parents to two boys, the story follows them from the breakdown of their marriage to the day Fi shows up to find strangers moving into their house. The book is jam packed with lies and deceit, all which build upon each other. The premise of the novel is intriguing and the characters are simultaneously annoying but sympathetic -- in other words, they all exhibit human characteristics. However, the very end of the novel left me unsatisfied. I wanted to know more about the impacts of the twist at the end.

I acquired a copy of this novel through Penguin's First To Read program. Wow. This book was fantastic with a variety of twists and turns. There is nothing neat and tidy about this psychological thriller. Enjoy.

Thanks to Penguin's First To Read for an early copy. I thought this book was fantastic. It had me at the edge of my seat to find out how everything came together. A lot of the twists were kinda predictable but that didn't take away from the story. The end was a smidge of a letdown only because it didn't end as a wrapped box, perfectly done. I'm still wondering where the characters stand. Very enjoyable read.

Five five five! What a great psychological thriller! Thank you to First To Read and Penguin Random House for this very entertaining read! Imagine coming home to your house in an affluent London suburb to find another couple moving into your house! Once stepping inside to find all your things are gone. Why and how this happens is so full of twists and mind blowing turns. What a fabulous story!

DNF @ 65%. I just can't read any more of this. It pulled me in right away and kept me really turning pages for about the first 30%, but since then I am just forcing myself to keep reading because it's just so boring. It's just two POV's back and forth and back and forth and back and forth. I kept reading hoping there would be a twist of some kind, but alas, I will never find out as I just don't have the stamina to keep going.

So many turn of events. So many lies and deceit. An fast moving story of the consequenes of one man's continued downward spiral of consequences for rotten behavior and lies. The ending was disappointing.

I can't imagine how Fi felt when she went home and it wasn't hers anymore! I had a hard time getting into this book, flipping back and forth from Fi to Bram and back; from the past then the present. It did get better about half way through then couldn't wait to get to the end. Didn't really like the ending. All in all a good read

I thought that this was a fascinating story, but I was perturbed that the licensure would only allow me to get through half the book. I should have had two weeks left to read. I will definitely be picking this up to read the rest of the story. Thanks for the ARC, First to Read.

There were so many twists and turns in this book that made me want to keep reading!! I did feel it got a little repetitive at times when switching back and forth from Fi’s and Bram’s viewpoints. To come home and find your house empty and someone else moving in...such a great hook to pull the reader in! The ending felt a bit abrupt but overall a good read!

The intriguing premise of the book is what drew me to Our House. And indeed, it drags you in and keeps you reading to find out how in the world such a gasp-inducing event could happen. As the plot progressed, I found myself having to stretch my imagination, “let the story happen,” and was grateful I did. I particularly enjoyed the way the story was delivered. The author ’s layout of the two viewpoints using relevant technology and media of our current era lent an extra edge to the horrifying accounts. And while both characters were flawed to the point of disbelief in certain parts of the tale, I did find myself willing the best for both, reading on to learn their fates.

4.5 stars. This is an amazing psychological thriller. Fiona Lawson comes home to find strangers moving into the house she was sharing with her estranged husband. The story is told from Fi's point of view via a podcast called The Victim as she shares what happened to her marriage and how her home was sold without her consent and it is also told from her husband Bram's point of view via a Word document he is writing. There were a lot of surprising little twists and a jaw dropping ending.

What a fascinating and interesting story. The concept is terrible - you come home to find someone else moving into your home. All your stuff is gone and they are moving in. The story then backtracks from both Fiona and Bram (her almost-ex who sold her house) and their viewpoints and actions that have led up to this point of the story. And the story continues on. There was a little twist at the end that I found satisfying. Really enjoyed the story.

The premise of Our House was so surprising to me. I loved having a completely new story, and the unusual format of he said/she said was an interesting way to present both sides of the situation. The book took me a VERY long time to finish because I got tired of the back-and-forth. Still, the revelations unfolded at just the right moments. The ending was the perfect bit of "WHAT?!" and I'd love to see what others think happened. My favorite part of Our House was author Candlish's writing style. So many quotable lines! I highlighted at least a dozen beautifully delivered lines.

Many thanks to first to read for an ARC of The House. This story has you on a roller coaster, flinging you up and down-and sideways until you barely known your own name. Fiona, a woman who is separated from her husband as a result of his cheating, coparents with him . They switch residents and the children stay in the family home while they alternate living in a separate flat. As she returns from a trip during which the father is in residence she spots a moving van at what looks to be her home. Makes no sense, she must be mistaken but she is not. Her belongings are gone, her home is emptied of everything and a couple is moving in. The Couple the Vaughn’s say that they have rightfully bought the home for a significant amount of money. The area has risen in value tremendously. This is the beginning told in alternate narrators of Fiona and her husband Bram. The story is an exhilarating tale, you want to hate Fiona’s husband, but you just can’t. He hates himself more and cannot find a way to make everything right, it is one trap after another and he looses his driving privileges which result in a house of cards collapse. He becomes a blackmail victim and the bottom falls out. This story keeps you guessing, throwing roadblocks and surprises every which way but the right way. Totally fascinating read you will not want to put down!

Fiona and Bram are separated and attempting to stay civil for their children. But secrets tend to be exposed eventually and this one ends with a family evicted and a disturbing recreation of the past few months leading up to it leaves a trail of fractured lives behind.

I received an advanced copy of this book from Penguin's First to Read in exchange for my honest review. I would give this 1.5 stars if possible, but round up to 2 since I do not absolutely hate it. The premise of the novel was intriguing - arriving at your home to find all of your possessions gone and someone else moving in to their newly purchased home. The narrative was presented from two perspectives - his and hers. As I read the book, I kept waiting to be hooked by the story and I never was. I was not sympathetic to either character and I have rarely been so happy to reach the last page of any novel.

I really really wanted to read this book, but had trouble downloading it. I tried numerous times to receive help but never got a response. I was sooo hoping to read this one!

I loved the premise of this story and did like the fact that we heard from both Bram and Fiona's perspectives. I thought the ending was a bit disappointing. I was wanting an unexpected twist which really never came.

Did not finish. About halfway through I felt like I knew the whole plot already and could not continue. Not even new twists could make it better. Felt dragged out...

This thriller was SO good. It grabbed me right away, and if I could have, I would have definitely read it in one sitting. The twists were done well, and the plot was unique. I have been not impressed with many thrillers lately because it feels like they're all the same, so it was refreshing to read this book!

The premise of the plot, the idea that you could come home from a few days away to find strangers moving into your house is a strong attraction for a reader who is looking for a page turner. OUR HOUSE delivers just that. A raw white knuckle ride.

BEWARE OF THIS BOOK! I couldn't put it down! At all! This was such a wonderfully dark and twisty thriller. It got a hold of me in its clutches and wouldn't let go. Just when I thought I'd caught clues and figured out where the story was heading, NO! Those were all red herrings and false clues. This book wa so good, that I can't believe there aren't movie or tv rights being sold yet. I will wait impatiently and then watch. But seriously, how do I not know Louise Candlish yet?! Time to read her backlist.

I was not able to stay with this book. I could not buy into the idea that losing your house was devastating.

This was a great book! I couldn't put it down

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. From the unreliable narrators to the mystery of why was someone else moving in. I further enjoyed how this book was presented in podcast transcript and what was deemed a suicide letter. This book kept me guessing from the beginning only starting with the husbands lies then later with the wife’s “truth bending”. I highly recommend this book. I gave it 4 stars overall.

My download of this book is missing the first page of every chapter, so I couldn't read it. I sent in an email asking for help and never heard anything. I redeemed my points to get this book so it's not cool that I basically wasted them. Thanks for nothing!

I had high expectations for this novel from the start and was hoping it would live up to them... and I needn't have worried because I hugely enjoyed this novel! Our House is actually less 'thriller' than I thought it would be, but this wasn't a negative; it concentrated more on excellent character development and interactions, plus it added in some great twists to keep things interesting! There wasn't actually a huge amount of mystery about the plot because you find out a significant amount from fairly near the start, but as the novel continues you realise that there's more and more which isn't quite what it seems...! It's definitely a fantastic example of the hugely popular 'Domestic Noir' genre. I'm not going to rehash the synopsis or the plot here, but I will say that the way the book is structured - partly showing Fi's experience, partly through excerpts of the real-life 'victim' podcast she is appearing on, and partly through excerpts from a word document her ex-husband is writing (but to whom, and why?) means the reader, at times, knows more than Fi does as we've heard directly from Bram, giving us an interesting edge over Fi herself, who is supposed to be recounting the story. I enjoyed trying to work out exactly what had happened with her ex-husband, and how everything got to the state it's in when we first join Fi, on Friday 13 January 2017. Just when you think it's figured out, something else surprises you, and this made for riveting reading. I've really enjoyed other novels by Louise Candlish and this is no exception. Beautifully crafted - as the tension slowly builds, Our House will grab you tightly in its grip and not let you go until you've finished the last page!

Thank you to First to Read for an advance copy of the book. I didn’t really know what this book was about when I started it, but as I grew accustomed to the pacing I began to really enjoy it. I would definitely recommend this book.

This book sucked me in from page 1. I cant imagine coming home one day and finding out my husband sold our house and skipped town. It was a fast paced read and kept me wanting to find out what happens and all the secrets Bram kept, he just kept digging himself further into a hole. I recommend this one to people who like books that switch perspectives and enjoy a good thriller

3.5 stars Though neither main character was particularly likable, Fi a bit too sanctimonious and Bram far too self important, I definitely enjoyed this novel. Even when I was sure Bram couldn't make his situation any worse, he continued to do so, right up to the end. I will say that I'm not a particular fan of cliffhangers, so the ending left something to be desired for me. However, overall, the plot intricacies made this a real page turner.

I really had no idea what I was getting into with this book, but I'm so glad I won it and got a chance to read it. The basic premise--that a woman comes home one day to find another couple moving into her house--is only the tip of this particular iceberg. I don't want to say too much about the plot since the less you know the better. However, one thing I really liked about this book was that it was an excellent exercise in both catharsis and schadenfreude. While the events escalate to a seemingly unrealistic pitch, when you read the book you can actually believe that such extreme events COULD happen to normal people. Candlish walks you, step-by-step, through the downward spiral of the main characters. While there is lots to criticize about the husband, Bram, Candlish also makes him a likable character and you feel both the "fear and pity" of catharsis when you see how small decisions--some things that many of us might do all the time--can go badly. And I found myself gasping at several points when the bad situations Bram found himself in went from very bad to horrifically bad--again and again. One note: I will say that I can't completely ignore that there are a couple plot holes in this novel--one spectacular one that seems to call into question the major events of the whole book. But I am able to look past that because, frankly, I had such a rip-roaring time reading this book. I couldn't wait to turn the page to see what happened next. Highly recommend.

This was a solid book, that I really enjoyed. I had a hard time in the beginning. It took me a few chapters to adjust to the rhythm of the switching timelines. Once I adjusted to the pacing I was able to focus on the story. And it was an interesting story. As I got toward the end I found myself speeding through the last few chapters to find out all that happened.

I didn’t like either main character. The plot was unique and very entertaining. I liked the plot twists. Fi was a little too perfect and Bram was underdeveloped. Never got a feel for him. All in all an entertaining read

3.5 stars Absolutely loved the concept for this one, a woman arrives at her house to find all of her stuff gone and a couple has moved in. The story goes back and forth between the wife who has no idea what is going on and her estranged husband who might be keeping a secret or two. While I liked the idea of the book it was not an "edge of my seat, stay up until 2 am to finish" type of read. It was definitely a solid read but I wish it could have been something more. After finishing the book it still feels like the character of Bram, the husband, was not fully developed. The ending was the best part of the book although I might be in the minority with that opinion. Overall, it was an enjoyable read despite a few flaws. Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy!

I found it hard to put down this thriller by Louise Candlish. I can't imagine coming home from vacation to find someone moving in to my home! Reading about Fi's nightmare experience made me anxious, and I couldn't stop reading. Would she get her house back? Would Bram actually kill himself, or would he be found and brought to justice? I wasn't disappointed, and the ending made me gasp. I'm glad that Candlish didn't keep writing when she knew she was done, but that didn't keep me from wondering whether part of the book was accidentally omitted from my copy. I kept flipping forward and then back again, but in the end, I'm glad there was nothing else. I very much enjoyed reading this!

 


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