My reviews can also be seen at Stars Can you imagine coming home one day to find strangers moving their belongings into YOUR home Unpacking and putting things away while you stand there in shock Well, that s exactly what has happened to Fiona Lawson in Our House.The book starts off right at the heart of it Our female protagonist, forty two year old, Fiona Lawson is heading down her street and sees what looks like someone carrying items into her house She thinks that she must be seeing things But she s not two moving men are clearly walking down HER path, taking things into HER house.She sees a woman who she thinks must be a friend of her estranged husband, Bram But when she speaks to this woman she s in no way prepared for what she hears We re just moving in My husband will be here soon with the second van She s also not prepared for what she sees inside the house ALL of their things are gone The house is empty well except for the stranger s things being moved in I m telling you you must have made a mistake I m telling you it s not possible for you to have bought a house that was never for sale Prior to this, Fiona and her soon to be ex husband, Bram have been sharing custody of their boys, as well as their house at 91 Trinity Avenue Whoever s turn it is to be with the children stays in the house with them while the other parent stays somewhere else It s a fairly new and unique way of doing things It s called Bird s nest custody But right now Fiona has no idea what s going on Plus she can t find Bram She calls him but his phone is out of service It s like he s fallen off the face of the earth At that moment, she realizes her house is the least of her worries Where is Bram Where are her children And in that instant, her waking nightmare becomes something so terrifying it has no name This was such an interesting and unique read I really enjoyed how the story was told with alternating perspectives I also enjoyed the social media aspect The Victim is a podcast where Fiona tells her story Interspersed throughout the novel are comments from listeners of the podcast as well as excerpts from a word document that help to give readers another point of view This was how human disaster worked you began by trying to conceal a mistake and you finished up here, the perpetrator of a hundred further mistakes Though I did figure out a couple of things ahead of time, I was still completely in the grip of this intriguing story An interesting plot, some great characters, along with a few great twists made this a very enjoyable read I really liked how everything came together in the end.In my opinion, Our House was a well written, intriguing domestic suspense novel that has me excited to see what Louise Candlish writes next I d like to thank Berkley for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review. I m going to keep this one short and sweet, because I ve found I don t have much to say that hasn t been said already This wasn t a bad read the cover is inviting, the premise is brilliant, and there was even a nice twist thrown in, so I did enjoy this overall My main issue was that the middle portion of the story felt bogged down It could just be that I was in a funk when I picked this up and needed something a little fast paced for the moment, but I felt the narrative was repetitive and that we were reading the same scenes again and again, which caused me to struggle for a bit Overall, the majority has raved about this one and I think it s worth picking up to decide if you enjoy it for yourself And by golly, that cover is quite stunningI received a review copy via the publisher. Oh my God, it s been a long time since I ve suffered through a book that made me want to just BE DONE WITH IT ALREADY But this book, Our House, by Louise Candlish, just seemed to just go on and ON Seriously, there was NO reason for this book to be 400 pages There were way too many asides throughout this novel, which slowed the pace greatly and contributed to the superfluous word count Not to mention, those peanut gallery comments from the viewers of the crime podcast that Fiona Lawson is telling her story to which allows for the author, Louise Candlish, to tell Fiona s story under the guise of recounting her story to these podcast listeners really burnt my biscuit They were so annoying, ridiculous and distracting that I trained myself to skip them entirely whenever I encountered them Though it is a genre I tend to enjoy for the most part see my reviews of Ruth Ware and Fiona Barton this novel was everything that I hate in British cozy thrillers centered around a meek woman who s gullible and made a victim as she tries to take back the power in the end It also was not very well written, quite honestly Candlish has obviously never heard of Hemingway s Iceberg Theory, because, for this being a thriller, she certainly didn t trust her reader to come to any conclusions on their own, which really took all of the bite and fun out of reading this book for me I recently joined a Twitter discussion where a very outspoken literary agent was asserting that reviewers should NEVER tag an author with a bad review because it s rude and because these authors have already had countless people critiquing them and professional editors editing them This, by the way, was rather self righteously stated as though literary agents and editors know best and as though their stamp of approval a good book makes As a writer, former lit agent and former publishing intern, and current book reviewer I can confidently assert in response that this is not necessarily the case Here, you ll find a fantastic example of a book thatneeds further editingLiterally, my mind started wandering by page 60 as I started calculating how many paragraphs of text I d just written that really could have been removed from my life altogether.All in all, the premise of Louise Candlish s Our House is phenomenal, the execution is mediocre if not terrible in parts, and the aside bits nearly drove me mad If you re looking for a streamlined, heart pounding thrill of a ride, don t waste your time with this one I really don t have much else to say about this book because I ve already turned my mind to finding my next book, which will have to be GREAT to wash away the annoyance I ve built up from pushing through this one.I have a friend who read my reviews and once told me it d be SO hilarious if I just wrote the word TRASH as a book review for the next truly terrible book I encounter and then just dropped the mike I won t do that here, but there were parts where I was honestly tempted 2 stars for premise and premise alone and maybe even because I fancy the cover it s brilliant I received an advance read physical copy of this book from the publisher, Berkley, in exchange for an honest review FOLLOW ME AT The Navi Review Blog Twitter Instagram 4, thrillers are really bad for me trusting other people, everyone is a liar stars Roll er coast er roll er coast er a thing that contains or goes through wild and unpredictable changes. Aye, you re not wrong there Webster.This starts right out of the gate and immediately draws the reader in We begin our story with Fiona Fi Lawson arriving home earlier than expected to see strangers seemingly moving furniture in and out of her home without understanding why Upon entering, she and these strangers quickly realize that something is amiss The Vaughns have just completed their purchase of a beautiful home, in an incredibly desirable neighborhood in London unbeknownst to Fi the now previous owner With this information, the story begins and Fi s life, falls apart This was one of the most cleverly written and formatted stories I ve read in a long time I ve honestly never encountered anything quite like this and I really enjoyed it for the most part We are given alternating POVs between Fi and the husband she is currently separating from, Bram Not just are we given alternating POVs but the formatting of those views changes as well Fi is now participating in a podcast called The Victim think Serial and she s telling her story first hand We re also given commentary from the viewers in re tweet fashion I really enjoyed the alternating points of view but I will say the commentary from the viewers and their tweets grew tiresome and felt unneeded In the end, it felt a little kitschy to me I suppose the point I m trying to make is that it s hard sometimes to tell the difference between weakness and strength Between hero and villain We re also given Bram s POV through a word document letter that allows the reader to follow along with the information Fi knows and what Bram knows to actually be happening on his end Bram is a decidedly unlikable and unreliable narrator However, Candlish did a superb job of creating a lot of empathy through Fiona s emotion and her connection to her soon to be ex husband Despite knowing that he was a Grade A wanker I still felt for his story and through that, I felt a deeper connection to Fi No, it s not the sense of coming home It s the understanding that what or where or who you love is only ever borrowed There is no permanent ownership, not for any of us This ultimately loses a star for me because while it was consistently paced it started to drag a bit in the middle I normally blow through these types of novels and they tend to be very much edge of your seat, don t talk to me must finish now, and I didn t feel that for the entirety of this read There wasn t wasted time on unnecessary characters, but it did feel there was a lot of wasted time on unnecessary detail However, despite this, when things picked back up in the last third of the book they certainly packed quite the punch The twists for the most part aside from one which didn t feel it had all the proper development were everything a reader could want I was both surprised and satisfied in the end I completed this as a Traveling Sisters read and I d certainly suggest it to anyone to pick up I hadn t originally thought property fraud would be all that thrilling, but I m happy to report I was yet again wrong Thank you to Edelweiss for a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review All opinions presented are my own. A domestic noir novel that will pull you into the suspense and shock you with every last twist Wow, I am beyond impressed with the new novel Our House by Louise Candlish By 30% through this book, I couldn t have put it down if I tried I first was introduced to Candlish in her previous book The Sudden Departure of the Frasers I loved that book, but this one shows a level of growth as a writer that has me positively glowing after reading it This one took ahold of my life and didn t release me When I finally finished it, I couldn t get over the ending for hours I was shocked and excited and I m even excited to share this with readers who will get to experience those twists for the first time About the BookFi and Bram have the perfect house in the perfect neighborhood It s the sort of neighborhood where outsiders clamor to get in, and insiders are desperate to stay in The sort of neighborhood where all of the residents know how lucky they are to live there And each time someone moves out, they are aware that none of them are truly entitled to that perfect life They are all just barely able to afford it, and one wrong move could send it all tumbling down.And for Bram and Fi, that wrong move comes from a marital indiscretion Determined not to lose their dream home, even if she lost her dream husband, Fi and Bram set up a birds nest arrangement the kids stay in the home, and Fi and Bram take turns living with them as the custodial parent It s the perfect arrangement the boys get a stable environment, and Fi and Bram get to keep their perfect, just out of reach home.And then one day, Fi arrives home to see another family moving into her house Frantic and assuming it is a mistake, Fi finds the nightmare only gets worse The family claims they purchased the home from her and Bram When Fi tries to reach Bram, his phone is disconnected Even worse, the boys never arrived at school As the details unfold, Fi realizes that she has become the victim of a crime most can only imagine, and the only way to hope to find justice means she ll tell her story to the world ReflectionI loved the story telling mechanisms that Candlish uses in this book to keep the pace moving and the story fresh The book begins the day Fi arrives home to see another family moving into her house Then the book actually moves forward in time, but also into the past Several weeks after Fi discovers the new family in her house, she is on a podcast called Victim In the podcast, Fi recounts her story from the beginning, all the way back when Bram first moved out Fi hopes to bring awareness to this sort of real estate fraud, and prevent others from falling victim to the crime she fell victim to.And then we have Bram s story, written in the form of a letter to an unknown recipient at the same time Fi is on the podcast They tell the story of their marital break up and the crime itself in perfect pace with one another In a style that I ve come to realize is classically Candlish, the story from each person keeps up with the other, and a revelation in one person s story is then picked up in the other s In this way, the plot moves steadily, and little tidbits of information come to light, with spin from each party And you get the distinct impression neither is telling the full truth The only thing better than one unreliable narrator is two unreliable narrators, amirite This book is truly a slow burning, domestic noir masterpiece I read this one over only a few days, and when I reached the last page I couldn t even sit still because my mind was buzzing from the final scene Candlish has a way of dropping hints that the reader completely overlooks But as each twist is revealed, the hints add up and make you realize you probably should have been able to tell what was going on the whole time That is how you begin to empathize with the characters When the same things that fooled them, fool you as well.Candlish is truly a master of crafting a carefully constructed plot that showcases how easy it is to be tricked into your worst nightmare I am still buzzing from the final reveal days later I can t wait for readers to begin this one and experience all of the twists themselves Many thanks to Berkley for sending me an advanced reader copy of this novel to review I loved it FAB U LOUS I absolutely LOVED our house by Louise Candlish I couldn t put it down, couldn t stop thinking about it it was truly addictive, compelling and hypnotic It was by far the best psychological thriller I ve read for quite a while and I expect it to do extremely well in the bestsellers chart 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 Fiona Fi arrives home to find a removals van outside her house Trinity Avenue has been her family s home for years Where are all her belongings How could this have happened Desperately calling her ex husband Bram, Fi discovers he has disappeared The Fi uncovers, the she realises their lives have been turned upside by a nightmare of their own making A devastating crime has been committed, but who exactly is the guilty party What has Bram hidden from her and what has she hidden from him I enjoyed reading Fiona s recollection of the story through a podcast and Bram s through a letter word document interspersed with the events as they happened This was a unique way of story telling and very creative that was fun to follow and obviously very skilfully put together Although Fi was perhaps a little too forgiving and nice towards her husband, it was believable considering her love for the children and the concern for their welfare I personally haven t heard of the birds nest set up before but can see how it could work by putting the child children s needs first Property fraud, murder, adultery, secrets, lies, betrayal, double crossing this book has it all and much , twists and turns along the way that keep the story exciting and entertaining Many a time I was caught out at the sudden revelations.The premise of the story is such a frightening scenario, especially with the fraudsters being so close to home and it really did have my stomach in a flutter of nerves thinking about it happening to me I will definitely be reading by this brilliant author again, as far as I m concerned Louise has reached the dizzy heights of exceptional psychological suspense with professionalism, creative imagination and tremendous storytelling I was spellbound to the very last page and quite upset when it ended but wow What an ending With a beautiful cover too, this book just oozes to be read and it should come as no surprise that I highly recommend our house to psychological and thriller readers young and old, it s tantalisingly good and not to be missed 5 stars 4.5 Stars Filled With Madness.5Father wears his Sunday bestMother s tired she needs a restThe kids are playing up downstairsSister s sighing in her sleepBrother s got a date to keepHe can t hang aroundOur house, in the middle of our streetOur house, in the middle of ourOur house it has a crowdThere s always something happeningAnd it s usually quite loudOur mum she s so house proudNothing ever slows her downAnd a mess is not allowedMadness Our House 1982Fiona was certainly house proud, but whether or not she liked a mess she certainly found herself in the middle of one imagine returning home to find someone else has moved into your house The problem As far as you know your house was never for sale and why can you not reach your ex husband on his phone Where is your stuff, where are your children Sounds dreadful, doesn t it The unraveling of this story was quite brilliant told from Fiona s perspective through podcast episodes Fiona was such a likable generous person who absolutely put her children before all else and truly this bird nest custody arrangement really played nicely into her house being sold right out from under her BUT I m absolutely not going to blame the victim here We also got Brahm s perspective through a letter word doc now it was really hard for me to elicit any sympathy for him, he really was a reckless selfish individual The one good thing I can say about him is I do think he truly loved his wife and children, he just didn t know how to go about it but what a horrible mess he left for Fiona to clean up Along with the podcast and word doc we also got the real time story this was a TS read and some of the sisters found this to be repetitive however, I did not I really liked getting to see events unfold from both Fiona and Brahm s points of view and I felt the use of different medias really kept it fresh.This book was such a crazy ride Such a rollercoaster I got all buckled in and then that huge hill that starts your heart kmbeating faster and fills you with anticipation and just when you least expect it you re headed down that huge hill being turned upside down and then you come to a screeching slamming jarring stop that really is this book so many twists, so many turns, and an ending that will leave you reeling Strongly recommend this book to all psychological thriller lovers and I hope you enjoy the ride many thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book On A Bright January Morning In The London Suburbs, A Family Moves Into The House They Ve Just Bought In Trinity AvenueNothing Strange About That Except It Is Your House And You Didn T Sell ItFor Better, For WorseWhen Fi Arrives Home To Find A Removals Van Outside Her House, She Is Completely Blind Sided Trinity Avenue Has Been Her Family S Home For Years Where Are All Her Belongings How Could This Have Happened Desperately Calling Her Ex Husband, Bram, Who Owns The House With Her, Fi Discovers He Has DisappearedFor Richer, For PoorerThe Fi Uncovers, The She Realises Their Lives Have Been Turned Upside By A Nightmare Of Their Own Making A Devastating Crime Has Been Committed, But Who Exactly Is The Guilty Party What Has Bram Hidden From Her And What Has She Hidden From Him Till Death Us Do Part The beginning draws the reader in, it is such a strange happening When Fi returns early from an out of town trip, she is surprises and confused, to find a new family inhabiting her house Going out of her way to be fair in regards to her cheating husband, aware of his love for his sons, she had agreed to share custody, and to retain the family home The parent would move in and out, with the children having a stable environment So how and why could this happen Secrets, intirgue, and a format using a television show and Twitter to tell the story We sleep hear from the husband in alternating chapters Twist after twist One would expect this to be a quick moving story, but I found it anything but I felt it dragged, read extremely slow Plus, hearing the story from both viewpoints created much unwelcome repetition I appreciate how this story was put together, not sure if it was particularly realistic but the twists were entertaining and clever Never felt any affiinity to the characters either, so I ended up thinking this was good, okay, but not.This was a sisters read, one in which we had various responses ARC from Edelweiss. 3.75 Stars rounded up Imagine walking down your street to find someone else moving into your home The problem You haven t put it on the market Yeah, that has just happened to Fiona Lawson Fiona s terrifying discovery gets even worse when she tries and fails to get a hold of her estranged husband, Bram, only to find that his phone has been shut off and that he s MIA What on earth is going on here Is any of this for real Getting to the bottom of it will make your head spin, it did mine Our House is told in alternating timelines and POV s Though I felt that it stretched the realm of believability, I was intrigued enough to keep reading and boy was there a payoff The ending was like shazam A buddy read with Kaceey, so happy we read this together Thank you to Edelweiss, Penguin Publishing Group and Louise Candlish for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review Published on Edelweiss and Goodreads on 7.8.18.