Review: Our House by Louise Candlish

Morning All,

Happy weekend. I have been looking forward to it being Saturday since Monday morning. I’ve had such a busy week, it has actually flown by but it’s been non-stop which is meant I haven’t been able to get much reading with my eyes done, but I have managed to listen to Our House by Louise Candlish on audiobook.

Fiona Lawson lives in London, has two young boys and a husband from whom she is currently separated from. They have a system in place that focuses solely on the children whereby they share their affluent family home and a flat; whoever has the kids stays at the house and the other stays at the flat, and so the system goes. However Fiona returns to their family home one day to find all of her belongings gone and another family in the middle of their move in. Events start to unravel the secrets that Fiona’s husband, Bram has been keeping that have lead to this moment and now that Bram and the boys are missing, Fiona’s world is about to come crashing down.

Let me start by thanking @TheComfyChair2 for this recommendation. She tweeted about how much she enjoyed this book and after I read her review I knew I wanted to read it. The book is structured very interestingly in that it’s told through three different mediums; Fiona’s voice via a podcast, Bram’s voice via a word doc that he’s written and then current events are told via third person narrative. If you’ve read some of my other reviews, you’ll know I love books told from multiple perspectives and this one did not disappoint at all. As mentioned, I listened to the audiobook and each perspective had a different narrator therefore it wasn’t hard to follow at all.

I still can’t make my mind up if I like Fi or not. Although she is quite obviously the victim in this story, I couldn’t help but feel like she was just a bit annoying at times. She was so strait laced, I was dying for her to let loose a little and do something outside of her comfort zone.

Against my better judgement, I did feel empathy for Bram in the end. Yes, he made some rather large boo boos, yes he didn’t deal with those well, yes he was selfish but I still had a bit of an “ohhh Bram” internal voice in my mind. I don’t doubt that he could have handled EVERYTHING differently but he was forced down a super deep rabbit hole and I’m unsure how others would react in the same situation.

I really really enjoyed this book. It kept me on my toes and the twists and turns weren’t at all predictable. I loved the way in which it was written and I was sucked into the storyline right from the off. I’ve already recommended this book to anyone that will listen to me and I will be going through Louise Candlish’s work right now to top up my TBR list.




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