ARC Book Review: Our House by Louise Candish

Release Date: August 2, 2018
Publisher: Berkley
Format: ebook
Pages: 416 pages
Genre:  Mystery/ Thriller
Buy: Kindle | Paperback | Audio


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.


This is a good domestic noir novel. It is broken down into 3 different pieces that seem to alternate. Fiona Lawson comes home to find strangers moving into her home which is taking place in the present, the story of whose house it still is, where the money is, who sold it etc. Then there is the story of how we got there told by Fiona on a podcast called Victims. Interspersed with Fiona's account of what happened we get to read a word document written by Bram and learn how this all came to be from his perspective.

Many other reviews have mentioned a twist toward the end that they didn't see coming but I didn't find it all that mind blowing. Overall I thought it was a well written book but I felt it was a bit too long.  Especially as the book headed toward its conclusion. There were revelations I saw coming, some outcomes I didn't but wasn't surprised by but in the end I felt that this was a well written book about a naive woman who slowly starts to see the darker side of life.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through in exchange for an honest review.

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