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When Fi arrives home to find a removals van outside her house, she is completely blindsided. Trinity Avenue has been her family's home for years. Where are all their belongings? How could this have happened? 

Desperately calling her ex-husband, Bram, who owns the house with her, Fi discovers he has disappeared. The more Fi uncovers, the more she realises their lives have been destroyed by a nightmare of their own making. A devastating crime has been committed, but who exactly is the guilty party?

©2018 Louise Candlish (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Fabulous! The best thriller I've read this year.

If you like contemporary suspenseful thrillers, set in London, you will love this fabulous novel.

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  • pollyanne
  • 06-15-18

Cleverly crafted but painfully slow

A very clever idea and story line .However the pace of this story was painfully slow.The plot had me gripped but by the time I got to the end I had lost the will .I found I disliked Fi as a character,she was not particularly warm and she presented as being both pretentious and judgemental.It was easier to like Bram who turned out to be the real victim.

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  • SCR
  • 04-30-18

Enoyable Thriler

Overall I liked this book. The pace was good and the description of middle class South East London suburbia rang lots of bells. The hopelessness of spiralling out of control following one, relatively, minor infraction was drawn well. I found I sympathised more with the 'Bram' character than Fi.

An ability to accept this is fiction is needed to explain some elements of the crime and subsequent deceptions - particularly in the 'epilogue' which I could have done without.

I'd say this does fit well with the current thriller twist fashion and if you like Claire Mackintosh you'll probably enjoy this.

Will definitely look out for more books by this author.

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  • Esther Peacock
  • 04-27-18

I couldn’t put it down full of suspense and twisting and turning to an unpredictable end.

The settings were also very realistic and plausible. However, it left me with an overwhelming sense of sadness. Are women these days really expected to be so callous in the face of male frailty? The tragedy is that Bram never seemed to consider that maybe his wife ought to have shown him the sort of tolerance that they both showered on their children.

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  • Patricia
  • 05-31-18

Best Book I have listened to for ages ...

Have not enjoyed a book like this for a long time and returned a few I just knew I would never be able to get into. I am so tired of women in comas rediscovering themselves, bad things they may or may not have done and who tried to kill them .... women with psychiatric problems/multiple personalities who have gone off there meds which explains the whole mystery premise of the book, animals being tortured and killed as a chiched and upsetting shorthand for "a dangerous person is lurking", dreary mysteries with the dull minutiae of equally dull characters slavishly degtailed down to opening cans of beans, stirring and serving and the washing up which naturally ensues afterwards - I would at a bare minimum like the characters to have less boring lives than me!) and sloppily written "thrillers" with gaping plot holes which just make you wish you had never bothered.
So ..................... with not very high hopes and really in the absence of "anything better" I gave " Our House" a go and was thrilled, loved the layering of themes and plots and the way the characters were fleshed out and interesting and their interaction with each other and the TWISTS AND TURNS - I really savoured this book - loved the female narrator, the male one not so much but then the character whose story he was narrating was not endearing so maybe well cast and played.
I am now on one of Louise Candlish's previous books "The sudden disappearance of the Frasers" which is actually set in the same neighbourhood as "Our House" so quite fun to read back to back and recognise the area which you already are familiar with.
One of the main characters in the previous book "Frasers", Christy, is reading my all time favourite book "Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier and I had picked up that sort of vibe, which is probably why I like it so much and in the same way "Our House" is played as a story which has a mystery which is organic to it, not just a wham bam scary stuff happening thrill ride with a story tacked onto it complete with cut out figures.
So I would recommend "Our House" highly as an engrossing listen which really takes you to "Alder Rise" where it and "The Frasers" are both based - some parts slightly far fetched but then people do not always take the wisest paths or think straight in a crisis so not hard to suspend disbelief for the sake of a cracking story - so glad I am now reading an equally gripping book by the same author, otherwise I would be missing it! It may be your sort of thing, it may not be but it is very well written (unlike so much out there which you wonder how it got published and was an editor or even a proof reader involved.).
I know this review sounds a lot like just a moan about so many mystery/thriller but it was just such a releif to find a book I really enjoyed instead of making do! 5 STARS!!!

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  • Janet biglari
  • 06-21-18

Great story until the last hour

I really enjoyed every aspect of this book until the end. I loved the plot is was very unusual and not like the same old storyline that so many of these novels centre on. It was easy to see how things can spiral out of control and how what happens in the book could become a reality. There was only one strand of the story that was hard to believe and to discuss that would be a plot spoiler. The characters were well drawn and very believable especially their motivations. Louise Candlish really painted an excellent portrait of the types of people who choose to live in suburban exclusive areas. I could not fault this book and wanted to just keep listening until the last hour. Such a disappointment! there were so many clever plot opportunities that would have given the book a great twist but the one chosen left me flat and essentially had an impact on my overall enjoyment of this book. Never the less I am about to download another book by the same author. Finally I really enjoyed both narrators even Bram, and I am not usually drawn to male narrators.

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  • Jennifer Edwards
  • 06-10-18

One of my favourite books!

I loved it from start to finish. Gripping! I could not stop listening. Highly recommended.

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  • Jules
  • 06-08-18

Good Grief!

It's only saved by the narrators, they're both good, but oh my the plot.

It is worth listening to if you really can't find anything else, but only because it's well read, the plot is stupid and the format is annoying. I don't care how many hours and minutes her story has been going. Whatever. The author has tried to be clever and up to date with the format, it's another with hashtags which I just find very irritating. The husband is an unlikeable waste of space and the woman is so very stupid. You have to feel sorry for their two young boys with parents like that. And it seemed to go on and on well after it should have finished. It's driven me to the gin and there's still another hour and ten minutes to go!

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  • JJ
  • 05-31-18

Gripping

The plot was refreshingly unique, frighteningly believable and with a surprising twist at the end. I was left feeling concerned that the whole nasty business could unravel for Fi at some point in the future!

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  • Presto
  • 05-30-18

Fantastic

I loved this book. Very well planned and set out. Had me gripped. And believable! Definitely recommend.

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  • Kate Fitzroy
  • 05-21-18

gripping read with abrupt ending

Certainly an audible page turner... but there were annoying moments. Why the repetitive time clock and why, oh why, such an abrupt unsatisfying ending. It just didn't fit the detail of the rest of the story. Disappointing.