17 May 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Our House by Louise Candlish

Our HouseOur House by Louise Candlish
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


OUR HOUSE is a spellbinding story that will surprise you over and over again. I honestly can’t remember the last time a book surprised me as much as this one did.

Fiona (known as Fi) lives in a darling suburb outside of London that is known for its beautiful landscape and skyrocketing property values. Despite the strained relationship she has with her estranged husband Bram, Fi has been coping well with their separation and trial run custody agreement. That all changes when she arrives home early from a trip and finds a family in her driveway with a moving truck. Not only does this family claim to now legally own her home, but her possessions, estranged husband, and children are also missing.

The narrative of OUR HOUSE is told from the alternating perspectives of Fi and Bram. However, these perspectives are told in very unique and differing formats. Fi’s story is told in the form of a guest interview on a crime podcast called The Victim, while Bram tells his version of events in the form of a suicide letter. (This isn’t a spoiler, as this information is given to the reader in the first few chapters.) The unreliability of these narrators adds to the suspense and mystery of the story, and Candlish does an amazing job of tying it together with a few chapters told from the perspective of a third, neutral narrator.

As the story begins to unravel, one nightmare after another is revealed. Fraud, blackmail, secrets, lies, infidelity, betrayal. They all twist and turn until you get lost inside a labyrinth. It’s a cautionary and terrifying story about how one hidden truth can turn into a tsunami of lies and destroy everything in its wake.

*A big thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion written in my own words.

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