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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.

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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 !

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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.

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Hmmmm

Very interesting story, however frustrating because their issue could have been resolved long before the ending.

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great book

Great book. Suspenseful and unpredictable. Great narrations. But, oh my, what a sucky, sucky ending!!

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Horrible narration!

Can’t listen to this to know whether the story is good or not. The male voice is intolerable

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Very twisted original psychological thriller

Wow, I have so many mixed feelings about this book! I had to sit on my thoughts and wait to give my review. I gave it 4.5 stars and would have given it 5 stars but that ending threw me for a loop, ugh!
Have you ever felt sick to your stomach by the way a book is going? It’s leading you down a certain path and just when things are going bad, they seem to always get worse? I felt that way with this one. The main characters: husband Bram, and wife Fiona drove me crazy! I hated Bram, and Fiona was so naïve! And well, Michael and Wendy were on a whole new level of evil for me you could say. But that's what a good psychological (domestic) thriller/mystery is all about: the good, the bad and the ugly lol.
From the very beginning of this book I was hooked. Such an original story. The writing was fabulous, gripping, very unique. This was a story I got lost in. Had to take breaks from because of the anxiety building/going on in the book. A real psychological mystery/thriller for sure! Love how the story was told: past and present, back and fourth.
I read the kindle eBook version, and I bought the Audible version so I could continue listening when I couldn’t sit and read. Excellent narrators in the Audible version, so one credit worthy!
This is the first book I’ve read by Louise Candish, and I look forward to reading more of this same genre from her. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a psychological thriller/mystery.

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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