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Publisher's Summary

From an internationally acclaimed author, a disturbing and addictive novel of domestic suspense where secrets kept hidden from spouses cause shocking surprises that hit home....

There's nothing unusual about a new family moving in at 91 Trinity Avenue. Except it's her house. And she didn't sell it.

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.

©2018 Louise Candlish (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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It certainly did hold my attention until the very last second!

This was my very first Audiobook, and I really did enjoy it. I’ll admit I peaked at some of the reviews on Amazon for the actual book before going into this and quite a few of them referenced the ending. I didn’t go any further to spoil it for myself and went into the audiobook right away because I love a good twist. This book had me waiting until the very last second for the twist, but it was well worth the wait. Excellent story that kept you guessing the entire time and the narrators did a fantastic job of portraying Fi and Bram.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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COULD A SNAKE TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE ?

The subject is NOT one we like to talk about or think about, the worst case possibility of lives ruined ..... It can happen even to anyone caught up in the heated FURY of ROAD RAGE !
I really can not agree with the review that this was a boring listen !
It definitely was NOT your ordinary little sweet tooth novel !
It was very much alive , moment by moment it twisted around like a poisonous snake. It took a very ordinary family and made the listener part of it by the fact it hard two or three narrators that kept the male voices distinct from the female . NO she was not a sap ! The wife, Feonia, was a victim of an lying drinking thief that stole her life !
It should make the reader / listener think of the driving they do every day & the consequences of the lives ruined forever..
VERY ENTERTAINING right down to the last DEATH !

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Wow, so many twists

I could not stop listening and was up until all hours. I would highly recommend this to all book lovers.

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Long, boring, almost done and I STILL don't care!

I am so surprised at all of the rave reviews. There were at least 10 times that I wanted to stop reading, but I persevered for two reasons; the wow reviews and waiting for something meaningful to happen after all of the agonizing hours of waiting for something to happen! The storyline was so long, boorish, repetitive and convoluted, that it became frustrating to be listening to it. And the main female character; so much a "doormat" that it was nauseating. The voice for the female character was very irritatingly breathy to me, I could hardly stand hearing her any more.

Imagine how hard it is to stop listening to a book just before the ending. It certainly is for me, but I did just that, feeling as if I'd been "taken" by the author and the rave reviews.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Highly unlikeable characters!

A few months ago, Buzzfeed published a crowd sourced list of 20 thrillers that will mess with your sleep schedule. Whenever I find myself with an audible credit, I go to that list in hopes of finding the next great thriller.

The concept of this one was interesting enough - Fiona (Fi) arrives home one weekend - only to discover that her ex-husband Bram (who she still lives with) has sold her house. The story unfolds between the events after that moment in real time, a word document that Bram is maintaining, Fi’s appearance on a true crime podcast, and the Twitter responses. This is common these days - stories told from different perspectives - with some digital story-telling aspect as well. The podcast approach is interesting.

The story unfolds slowly - almost too slowly. If you’re going to give us twist after twist, they need to come faster. Also - some of the twists were predictable - especially if you’re familiar with stories like this. But when delivered, it did lead me to appreciate the story more.

The biggest challenge with “Our House” is that neither Bram nor Fi are particularly likeable. Bram is a man child who never seems to take responsibility for any of his actions (his affair, his driving record, his lazy approach to work) and Fi is insufferable with her devotion to the house in question and the commitment to bird nesting - the weird shared household she makes Bram commit to when he has sex with a neighbor in the kids playhouse. Then, she quickly falls in love with Toby - and the entire time, I couldn’t help but think she is going to get what comes to her. Then I couldn’t help but think the reason I found them so unlikeable was the narration, which, to me, wasn’t very appealing.

The story doesn’t end with the household drama - but takes a few more twist and turns, with an ending that did make me grin, gasp and slyly smile - but thinking all these insufferable characters got what was coming to them.

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She wrote every breath and then skipped the ending

Seriously the combo of the monotone emotionless breathy delivery from the female narrator and the tediously described details of the author ... I kept reading thinking there must be a twist worth all of this. Then all the twist happened at once leading up to, wait for it, a frustratingly non existent ending

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Why the whispers

I felt like I had to listen to this book at full volume bc the voices were so quiet and whispered. Only Audible I’ve ever had to do that.
Long book that was boring at bits but the end had me saying “oh no!” Out loud in the car.

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Barely beat one star

I gave this book two stars solely based on the couple twists close to the end, though I really labored over whether two stars was too generous. The premise for the story seemed interesting, but the plot was very slow, and I had basically no sympathy for a single character in the entire book.

I only persevered in the hopes of one last shocking twist and some chance of a semi-satisfactory ending. Alas, I didn't get either of those things.

I will be returning this book, sorry to say. Very disappointing.

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returned

I thought it would be such an awesome book based on description, but no. I can't stand it, this analysis of sort of everything. Every action is put on hold while it's being analyzed. Reader/listener has no chance to even think. It;s like food that has been chewed for you. Returning.

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Waste of time

This is an awful, irritating, obnoxious book! Don’t waste your time! The “hashtag” portion of the book is distracting and not helpful to the story.