I love a good thriller every now and then, and when I read the blurb of Our House by Louise Candlish I was sold immediately. This sounded incredible! Imagine coming home and there’s strange people moving into your house. Dreary right?! I just had to read it and I had a feeling I’d devour it. And so I did!
Ons Huis (Our House) by Louise Candlish
Published by Uitgeverij Volt in June 2020
On a bright January morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they’ve just bought in Trinity Avenue.
Nothing strange about that. Except it is your house. And you 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 co-parenting 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.
I read this book in one single day. I started it and simply could not put it down. I just had to know what happens next. It’s a very gripping story. I loved how it gets told from two perspectives. We get the story from Fiona’s perspective as well as Bram’s perspective. Which makes it quite interesting. I was so hooked! This is definitely a binge-worthy suspense novel. There are so many things happening in this book. And it takes you down a very unexpected route. That’s what I think anyway. I feel like these types of books can get very predictable sometimes, but this one wasn’t predictable at all. It had some jaw-dropping twist and turns and was overall very original.
I don’t know how realistic this book is. I honestly don’t think this could have happened in real life. Though I should never underestimate… However, since it is pure fiction I guess that doesn’t really matter. Usually, when reading a book like this I like it when I feel like, however crazy the story, it could have happened in real life. With this one, I don’t really feel that way, but it still gripped me and so I don’t think that I really mind.
Now I must say, this book was well underway to get a 5-star rating from me. That ending though… I have to admit, I didn’t really like how the author left the story. It would have been the perfect ending if a sequel was underway, but as it is right now it looks like it’s a standalone and I feel like this is not a good well-rounded ending for a standalone book. As a reader, you’re left with so many questions and just this sense of wanting more. I was a little disappointed by that. I still secretly hope that this book will get a sequel after all!
I would definitely recommend this book if you’re up for a psychological thriller that’s full of suspense and frankly some crazy shit. This book is a rollercoaster ride. It sucks you in and you’ll finish it before you know it, trust me!