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Title: Our House
Author: Louise Candlish
Publish Date: August 7, 2018
When Fiona Lawson comes home to find strangers moving into her house, she’s sure there’s been a mistake. She and her estranged husband, Bram, have a modern coparenting arrangement: bird’s nest custody, where each parent spends a few nights a week with their two sons at the prized family home to maintain stability for their children. But the system built to protect their family ends up putting them in terrible jeopardy. In a domino effect of crimes and misdemeanors, the nest comes tumbling down.
Now Bram has disappeared and so have Fiona’s children. As events spiral well beyond her control, Fiona will discover just how many lies her husband was weaving and how little they truly knew each other. But Bram’s not the only one with things to hide, and some secrets are best kept to oneself, safe as houses.
A couple who, on the outside, seems to have it all – happy marriage, good kids, and the perfect home. As their marriage falls apart, Fiona Lawson, the wife, is determined to protect their home. They decide to have a bird’s nest custody of the house while going through their divorce. It seems like an idea that could work. Fiona will stay at the house with the kids during the week, and Bram, the husband, will stay there on weekends. It allows them to keep the house and not have to uproot the kids while going through a divorce. Things seem to be working out fine, until Fiona returns home one day and finds a new family moving into her house. Bram is nowhere to be found, and Fiona starts questioning what Bram has been up to.
Told using the alternating points of view of Fiona and Bram. Different formats are used to relay their perspectives. Fiona is doing a podcast to tell her story, while Bram is writing his experiences in a letter. The story also has flashbacks to recall the events that led to the big event of a new family moving into the Lawson’s home. Neither Fiona nor Bram is necessarily a reliable narrator, but Bram seems especially suspicious. In fact, Bram is not a likable character, but he has an interesting story to tell.
A twisty domestic thriller. The intriguing plot and unreliable characters make for a fast-paced read. Our House has it all – secrets, lies, adultery, real estate fraud, and murder.
I borrowed this book from my local library.