Book Review: Our House by Louise Candlish

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... How intriguing does this sound? Well, Our House is THE book you need to be reading right now! Original and unexpected, these are my thoughts on this fascinating story:

Title: Our House
Author: Louise Candlish
Published: April 5th 2018 by Simon & Schuster


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?

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? 


Review: Our House is my first book by Louise Candlish and I think I have no words to describe how good and unexpected this story was. The premise might seem a bit far-fetched, how can you arrive at you own house and find another family moving in? But as you discover the story behind this, it all seems disturbingly plausible. 

Our House focuses in the Lawson family and it is narrated by both Fiona and her ex-husband Bram so you get both sides of the story. The alternating narrative works really well and you soon feel like you are in their heads, living their lives, stressing about their problems and celebrating their little joys. And although there are not that many things happening, the pace is fast and the story quickly grabs your attention. I probably read the last quarter of the story holding my breath and what an ending! It left me completely speechless.

Both Fiona and Bram are really interesting and complex characters and their story is fascinating. By the end of it, I found myself really caring for their family. And although some of their choices were more than questionable they felt like real people, imperfect and quite prone to rush decisions. 

Our House is a really original and unique story that stretches the boundaries of a family to the limit. It's domestic noir at its best and the writing is exquisite. I can only applaud Louise Candlish for coming up with such a fascinating idea and executing it so well. I can already tell you that this will definitely be in my top books of the year. 

Rating: 5 Stars

I would like to thank the publisher for sending me a copy of this book. This is my honest opinion.

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