Book Review: Our House by Louise Candlish #BookReview #THATlastline #Suspense

Title: Our House
Author: Louise Candlish
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Date: September 1st, 2018
Pages: 448
Format: Paperback
Source: from Publisher for a review and to give away

 

Synopsis (from 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.

Review:

I feel like Our House took our blogging community by the storm. Ever since it first came out in April, all the amazing bloggers who review adult titles rave about this novel.
Some reviews are very positive, but there are also ones that do not think Our House is the best book written.
Me?
I think this novel is very good and I am so grateful that I had chance to read it.

I would like to thank Sara-Jade Virtue for sending me a paperback copy of Our House to read and pass on to someone else in the #ibelieveinbookfairies project, where people leave books in different places for other people to find it.
I left mine on the Model of Zagreb in Kaptol, Zagreb, Croatia.

Every now and then I would come across a review for this story. You can’t help it when you read blogs and book reviews on regular basis. However, I was good when it comes to avoiding spoilers, so I still found myself surprised while reading.

First thing that surprised me was that Our House is actually more of suspense then a thriller.

Second thing was the way it was written.
You see, this novel does not have that regular, every day way of storytelling.
In fact, it is told from two POVs, one written as podcast and the second one written as documents (that actually sound more like a diary or confessions to me).
There is the third way of storytelling that unites those two POVs into one whole.
Never before have I ever read anything similar to that, so I welcomed it.

The story follows Fiona who lost her house and her husband Bram who is the reason why she lost it.
I don’t want to tell you too much about it because I feel like the less you know the more interesting reading experience you’ll have.

I have to stress out that during the reading process I didn’t have anything to think too much about, like, there was no mystery to be solved.
The story itself was interesting enough, but was is not puzzling as I assumed it would be.

The characters of the story were pretty memorable but not one of them was likeable. However, I feel like that was author’s goal, to give us unlikeable, realistic characters that we can not trust.

The story itself has some dull and boring moments, but I highly encourage you to keep reading because once you get to the end, it is all worth it!
The end is the best part of this novel, so unique, and one of the best endings I read in a very, very long time.

4 Comments

  1. This sounds like a very good read. I like the sound of the way its written in the different styles. It is a clever way to write characters that are unlikable so you don’t know who to trust. Based on the blurb, I would have expected to feel for the Mother. It is a strange way of parenting!
    I would like to know who found the book, I hope it was someone who will appreciate it. I have a few proofs ready to give away, but I’m thinking of taking them to the local hospice for the sick people to read.
    Great review as always.
    Amanda. xx

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    1. You know what? I felt for the mother, probably everyone would.
      I left the book on place where so many tourists visit, because I hoped someone who speaks or understands english would find it.
      I don’t know, maybe I should have stayed somewhere near to see if someone would take it, but I didn’t.
      That is great that you can donate books to local hospice. In my case it’s different situations since my books are in english and ppl here talk croatian. I sometimes donate finished copies to the library, but ARCs they don’t accept.

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