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Thursday, 5 April 2018

Our House by Louise Candlish

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?

Title: Our House
Author: Louise Candlish
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 5th April 2018
Links: UK: Amazon     US: Amazon

Our Review

Fi Lawson has just walked into a living nightmare when she finds a couple moving into her beloved house in Trinity Avenue. Her neighbour Merle tries to support her but that becomes difficult when she realises all her belongings have disappeared along with her husband.

The story is told by switching between Fi's side of the story through an online portal called The Victim which is a show that allows victims of real life crimes to tell their stories, but also allows social media users to comment on them and her husband Bram's side which is told in the form of a letter he writes. Both sides of the story are interspersed with what is happening to both of them in the present.

I actually really liked Fi and surprisingly Bram too and my heart went out to both of them especially as some of the characters and events were beyond sinister.

The tension is quickly felt at the start of the book and it doesn't ease up throughout giving you that feeling of unease in the pit of your stomach. What happens to Fi is absolutely gut wrenching and something you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy but the same can also be said for Bram who isn't an angel but has various problems that aren't so black and white.

This book is cleverly constructed, as gripping as it is chilling and made my blood run cold on numerous occasions but especially with the sting in the tail at the end when I was frantically flicking through to find a different result that was not to be. All I could say at the end was NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! It was a real shocker.

This book was my first introduction to Louise Candlish and I will definitely be reading the back catalogue of this hugely skillful author.

This would make a fantastic movie that would have people shouting at the screen.

Book Angel x

About the Author

Louise Candlish is the bestselling author of twelve novels, including THE SUDDEN DEPARTURE OF THE FRASERS (2015) and THE SWIMMING POOL (2016). Her new thriller OUR HOUSE is published in the UK in April 2018 by Simon & Schuster.

Though her stories are about people facing dark dilemmas, Louise tries to get through the day without too much drama of her own. She lives in South London with her husband and daughter and is very attached to her dog Maggie and cat Tilly. Follow her on Twitter at @louise_candlish or find out more at or

Author photos ©Jonny Ring; ©Joe Lord/Archant

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