Our House by Louise Candlish

 

It looks as if I have fallen at the first 200 page hurdle… I picked this 445 page tome as a holiday read and it was exactly what I needed.

Was it a bit overlong? Yes. Not a taught thriller by any means but it didn’t bother me because of the holiday blinkers I had on.

On a bright morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they’ve just bought on Trinity Avenue.
Nothing strange about that. Except it’s your house. And you didn’t sell it.

When Fi Lawson arrives home to find strangers moving into her house, she is plunged into terror and confusion. How can this other family possibly think the house is theirs? And why has Bram disappeared when she needs him most?

I enjoyed Our House a lot more than I thought I would. As much as I love The Sunday Times I can be flabbergasted by some of their fiction recommendations and this was one novel they heartily recommended so I did approach with caution.
(As an aside – I think my most memorable blog post the whole blogsphere has to be a review of a Sunday Times favourite:  The Girl Before reviewed by Raven Crime {Grand Designs meets Fifty Shades of Grey}).

I enjoyed Our House from the start but did worry early on that I would continually be wading through long paragraphs describing how lucky Fi and Bram were to buy this lovely house before prices skyrocketet – I get it! – but after not too long the story started chugging along nicely with lots of twists being revealed along the way.

The twists and turns as well as the ending didn’t necessarily have me gasping and falling off my chair as the advertising would lead us to believe but I don’t think a book has to do this to still be an enjoyable read.
(I wish advertisers would stop marketing books with taglines such as ‘…with THAT explosive final twist!’ – it will always fall short, I can assure you!).

Overall – Yes! it was a page turner and Yes! there were lots of twists. A perfect holiday read. I am even keen to now read some of the author’s other novels now, particularly The Swimming Pool.

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