I’m sitting here wondering what I’m going to say about Our House by Louise Candlish. One thing for sure, I still have loads of mixed up emotions and I’m not sure whether the over-riding feeling is empathy or horror …
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (5 April 2018)
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.
FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE.
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?
FOR RICHER, FOR POORER.
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?
TILL DEATH US DO PART.
Available to purchase in digital, hardcover, audio (book and cd).
First off I’ve got to say I enjoyed the format. Fi narrates her side of the story via a podcast ‘The Victim’ with occasional tweets from listeners on what they’re thinking about the situation. Bram’s narration is via a word doc that he’s sent to the police and each alternate as the story builds. I love that we know things that Fi and Bram don’t about each other. Or do we …
Our House made me feel very uncomfortable in that I knew how I should feel. But. I didn’t. We have rules and laws in our society for a reason don’t we and they should have had more of an impact on how I felt. However, emotions are powerful and sometimes there is no black and white but the murky path in-between.
This is a story shrouded in darkness and motives come from the light that lead to dark and the dark that lead to well, dark. Fi’s strength is her weakness and even though all we see is Bram’s weaknesses I felt that ultimately, he had colossal strength. Neither are ‘better’ than the other, just different in how their childhood’s laid the pattern on how they view the world. Who is the victim and who the perpetrator?
I am going to be honest and say I was invested emotionally in Bram. His narration gave me the most awkwardest feelings that I couldn’t slot nicely into a framework. I physically felt those flight or fight hormones cycling round my body and putting a lid on my rational thoughts. Totally draining! I didn’t agree with his choices but I did understand them. He was humanity uncovered and naked … and even in the worst times, there was something that drew me in and brought my empathy to the fore.
I thought we had spiralled to the bottom and I knew where everything was going but no! that last twist changed many things. The best laid plans …
Our House is a story where I felt compelled to turn those pages (even though I didn’t want to). I was being continually pushed out of my comfort zone which actually is really good. I’m not afraid of emotions but this stripped me raw. I’m still thinking about the consequences and what happens next a few weeks after reading. One not to miss!
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