Disturbing, Addictive Thriller: Review of Our House by Louise Candlish

Disturbing, Addictive Thriller: Review of Our House by Louise Candlish

When Fi arrives home one day, an odd spectacle awaits her – a moving van parked outside of her house, and strangers sifting in and out as if they live there. Surely this is an honest mistake – Fi and her partner Bram have owned their home on Trinity Avenue for years, and have no intention of selling. But the home-invaders seem to be standing their ground, and are even providing proof of purchase. So who are these people? And how could they have bought a house that was never up for sale? These are all questions that Fi needs to ask Bram – but he is nowhere to be found.

Bram has made a terrible mistake. Well, multiple mistakes, really. His life has become a living nightmare, and all that he has hidden from his wife is now bubbling to the surface. He can either run, or face the truth – but is the truth too much to bear?

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Louise Candlish’s Our House is centred around the gradual deterioration of Fi and Bram’s marriage. A tale of deceit and betrayal, it brings home the notion that we never truly know anyone – not even our own partner.

Candlish’s clever narration makes this book a real treat to read. Each characters’ perspective is narrated through an unconventional medium – Fi speaks to an audience on a podcast, and Bram’s voice is narrated through journal-like word documents. As a result, the book reads almost like a court hearing — as if Fi and Bram are two witnesses providing opposing accounts of the same event.

This book is technically a crime thriller, but not in the conventional ways you would expect. Unlike most crime thrillers on the market that focus on the judiciary system and police force, Our House focuses on crime at a personal, emotional level. It explores the driving forces that lead people to commit crimes in the first place, and the devastating consequences of these actions in people’s personal lives.

The story has lots of twists and turns – there’s betrayal, affairs, fraud –and that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. And there’s an OMG ending.

Readers who enjoy a good thriller won’t be able to put Our House down.

About the Author: 

Louise Candlish is the author of eleven previous novels, including The Sudden Departure of the Frasers, The Swimming Pool and the international bestseller Since I Don’t Have You. Louise studied English at University College London and worked as an advertising copywriter and art book editor before writing fiction. She lives in South London with her husband and teenage daughter.

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                      Synopsis

                      For Better, for Worse. When Fi Lawson arrives home to find strangers moving into her house, she is plunged into terror and confusion. She and her husband Bram have owned their home on Trinity Avenue for years and have no intention of selling. How can this other family possibly think the house is theirs? And why has Bram disappeared when she needs him most?For Richer, for Poorer. Bram has made a catastrophic mistake and now he is paying. Unable to see his wife, his children or his home, he has nothing left but to settle scores. As the nightmare takes grip, both Bram and Fi try to make sense of the events that led to a devastating crime. What has he hidden from her – and what has she hidden from him? And will either survive the chilling truth – that there are far worse things you can lose than your house?
                      Louise Candlish
                      About the author

                      Louise Candlish

                      Louise Candlish is the bestselling author of twelve novels. Her thriller Our House was a number one bestseller in paperback, ebook and audiobook and is shortlisted for a 2019 British Book Award - Crime & Thriller Book of the Year. It has been optioned for TV by Death in Paradise producers Red Planet Pictures, and was picked as a Book of the Year 2018 by the Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Real Simple, the Guardian, the Daily Mail, the Sunday Express, Red and Heat. Louise lives in London with her family.

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