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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  15,939 ratings  ·  2,430 reviews
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 arrange
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Berkley (first published April 5th 2018)
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Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2018
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4.5 Stars!

Can you imagine coming home one day to find strangers moving their belongings into YOUR home? Unpacking and putting things away while you stand there in shock? Well, that’s exactly what has happened to Fiona Lawson in “Our House”.

The book starts off right at the heart of it. Our female protagonist, forty-two-year-old, Fiona Lawson is heading down her street and sees what looks like someone carrying items into her
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
**4.5 STARS**

Fiona ( Fi ) Lawson lives in a very desirable London suburb, and she always gets a warm tingly feeling when she enters her street. However, on this particular beautiful winter's day she spots a removal van outside her house - but it can't possibly be her house, the house a few doors down has been on the market, it must be that one. As she reaches her house, the realisation that someone is moving their furniture in, their personal possessions, hits her like a sledge hammer, but she'
Navidad Thélamour
Oh my God, it’s been a long time since I’ve suffered through a book that made me want to just BE DONE WITH IT ALREADY! But this book, Our House, by Louise Candlish, just seemed to just go on and ON. Seriously, there was NO reason for this book to be 400 pages. There were way too many asides throughout this novel, which slowed the pace greatly and contributed to the superfluous word count. Not to mention, those peanut gallery comments from the “viewers” of the crime podcast that Fiona Lawson is t ...more
Christina - Traveling Sister
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
4, thrillers are really bad for me trusting other people, everyone is a liar stars!!!

Roll·er coast·er (roll·er coast·er): a thing that contains or goes through wild and unpredictable changes. Aye, you're not wrong there Webster.

This starts right out of the gate and immediately draws the reader in. We begin our story with Fiona (Fi) Lawson arriving home earlier than expected to see strangers seemingly moving furniture in and out of her home without understanding why. Upon entering, she and these
Miriam Smith
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: twitter

I absolutely LOVED "our house" by Louise Candlish - I couldn't put it down, couldn't stop thinking about it - it was truly addictive, compelling and hypnotic. It was by far the best psychological thriller I've read for quite a while and I expect it to do extremely well in the bestsellers chart.

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. Fiona (Fi) arrives home to find a removals v
Chelsea Humphrey
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: from-publisher
I'm going to keep this one short and sweet, because I've found I don't have much to say that hasn't been said already. This wasn't a bad read; the cover is inviting, the premise is brilliant, and there was even a nice twist thrown in, so I did enjoy this overall. My main issue was that the middle portion of the story felt bogged down. It could just be that I was in a funk when I picked this up and needed something a little more fast paced for the moment, but I felt the narrative was repetitive a ...more
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
A domestic noir novel that will pull you into the suspense and shock you with every last twist! Wow, I am beyond impressed with the new novel Our House by Louise Candlish! By 30% through this book, I couldn’t have put it down if I tried. I first was introduced to Candlish in her previous book The Sudden Departure of the Frasers. I loved that book, but this one shows a level of growth as a writer that has me positively glowing after reading it. This one took ahold of my life and didn’t release me ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, net-galley
4.5 Stars Filled With Madness 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

🎵Father wears his Sunday best
Mother's tired she needs a rest
The kids are playing up downstairs
Sister's sighing in her sleep
Brother's got a date to keep
He can't hang around

Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, in the middle of our

Our house it has a crowd
There's always something happening
And it's usually quite loud
Our mum she's so house-proud
Nothing ever slows her down
And a mess is not allowed

-Madness-Our House 1982

Fiona was certainly house prou
Diane S ☔
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
The beginning draws the reader in, it is such a strange happening. When Fi returns early from an out of town trip, she is surprises and confused, to find a new family inhabiting her house. Going out of her way to be fair in regards to her cheating husband, aware of his love for his sons, she had agreed to share custody, and to retain the family home. The parent would move in and out, with the children having a stable environment. So how and why could this happen?

Secrets, intirgue, and a format u
Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)

I had so many mixed feelings about this book and they changed as the book went on. Here’s how I felt:

I loved the premise, coming home to find someone else already moved into your house! Not very believable but I was good with it. Speaking with the people who are moving in and then eventually realizing it wasn’t just a mix up. No spoilers here.

This is at least the second book that I’ve read where parts were written as though they are on a podcast, the other being “Are You Sleeping
Susanne  Strong
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, buddy-read
3.75 Stars (rounded up)

Imagine walking down your street to find someone else moving into your home. The problem? You haven’t put it on the market! Yeah, that has just happened to Fiona Lawson.

Fiona’s terrifying discovery gets even worse when she tries and fails to get a hold of her estranged husband, Bram, only to find that his phone has been shut off and that he’s MIA.

What on earth is going on here? Is any of this for real? Getting to the bottom of it will make your head spin, it did mine!

Pouting Always
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fiona Lawson comes home to discover that there are other people moving into her home, taken aback she confronts the people moving in. When they insist that they have bought the house and now legally own it Fiona tries to get in contact with her husband Bram. Though Bram and Fiona are separated they have been maintaining a custody arrangement that allows one of them to stay with the children in the house on different days through out the week while the other stays at an apartment. Fiona begins to ...more
Holly  B
Man, I wanted to love this book more. I was hooked after the first chapter, and I could feel the tension jumping off the page.

I thought it was a brilliant premise. Fiona pulls up to her house to find a moving van parked out front and strangers moving in! Just the thought of that is enough to make my heart race. Fiona will tell her story through a crime podcast and her husband, Bram tells his side through a typed word document. I really did enjoy both characters.

A wonderful, detailed plot and a g
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Property is organized robbery." (George Bernard Shaw)

Fiona Lawson eyes a moving van parked in the street in front of her upscale home. Shockingly, she watches a sofa being carried into her own house with many additional pieces being transported like a strange furniture caravan. This can't be happening. She enters into her once familiar surroundings only to find strangers staring back at her. Arguing with these people serves up no results. She madly calls her husband, Bram, but his cellphone is
j e w e l s
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-bejeweled

I would never (in a million years) call this book a thriller. Is there a genre that crosses chick-lit with light domestic suspense? That's the word I'm searching for here. If you enjoy a light read with a little mystery OUR HOUSE is the book for you. Also, I would point you to any of the Mary Kubica or B.A. Paris novels.

But for me? I'm always looking for dark, dangerous and truly suspenseful plot lines. I love layered characters with personality disorders. I love mood. Setting. Atmosph
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

"They didn't tell us that the worst disasters would be those of our own making."

Imagine having the house of your dreams. The house you have always wanted. It's perfect for you in every way. You hope to live there forever. You plan to give this home to your children one day, keep it in the family as they say. Then imagine walking home one day to see a moving truck parked out front. Furniture is being moved in, and you did not arrange any of this. This must be a mistake. It must be!

But y
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read

This book started out with a bang! Grabbed me right away. I only wish it could have held this intensity throughout. Midway I found it becoming repetitive and I just wanted the story to move on.

Bram and Fiona are estranged, though they continue to share their home for the sake of their children. Only... they don’t actually coexist in the home. With a completely different take on parenting, they take turns staying in the home with the kids. Strange... but ok!?🤷🏻♀

Only when Fi comes home early
Katie B
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Absolutely loved the concept for this one, a woman arrives at her house to find all of her stuff gone and a couple has moved in. The story goes back and forth between the wife who has no idea what is going on and her estranged husband who might be keeping a secret or two.

While I liked the idea of the book it was not an "edge of my seat, stay up until 2 am to finish" type of read. It was definitely a solid read but I wish it could have been something more. After finishing the book it sti
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Our House by Louise Candlish is a novel of domestic suspense that is told in a rather creative way. The point of view in the story switches back and forth between the couple in question, Fiona and Abraham or Fi and Bram as they are more commonly known. This is done by Fi telling her side as a podcast complete with comments from the peanut gallery as I liked to refer to them or better known as the random internet viewers and then Bram's side is told through a letter he had written. 

The book begin
I REALLY wanted to love this one because let's just talk about THAT cover. OH my goodness... in love with it!

What a fantastic premise to this story... Fiona arrives home and finds a moving truck and strangers moving into her home?! YIKES... talk about anxiety attack 101 lol.

So, unfortunately this thriller fell extremely flat for me. UGH.... man I thought I was drowning half way through towards the end... I had to skim.... and skim... I was pretty bored and the story just lost me. I was hoping an
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
Our house is a very, very, very fine house...
...with two cats in the yard... used to be so hard... everything is easy 'cause of you.

Not quite the case on Trinity Avenue, where secrets and deception reign!

Our House by Louise Candlish is a taut domestic drama that follows the dual narrative of husband and wife, Bram and Fi Lawson.

The book starts out with a crime, a fraud within a marriage, you know who did it, and the events leading up to that crime are then pieced together over t
Brenda - Traveling Sister
I read Our House with seven of my Traveling Sisters and we varied with how we all felt about this one.

We all started off drawn into this story and were intrigued right away when we met Fiona who comes home to find strangers have moved into her house and that it has been sold. The tension and suspense rise as we start to see betrayals and secrets spiral.

Louise Candlish does a great job here creating a different angle to a domestic suspense with a plot that revolves around a house. At times the
There is nothing that I love more than a good noir read and Our House, by Louise Candlish, is domestic noir at its finest.

Fiona “Fi,” arrives home from a trip to find her house is being occupied by a new couple and her kids are missing! Immediately one would think the worst – home invasion, kidnapping…. but no, this couple claims to have purchased Fi’s home from Fi and her husband, Bram. After this foundation is laid, the book continues the story of Fi and Bram told retrospectively: Fi tells her
Book of Secrets
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
OUR HOUSE is a creative domestic thriller, about a wife, a husband, and their obsession with their fabulous and expensive home. When their marriage crumbles, they decide on "bird's nest custody" of their children, where the parents take turns living in the house so their sons' lives are minimally disrupted. Yeah, but wasn't it really about their love of the house?

Anyway, Fiona comes home one day and is shocked to discover another family moving into their house. She can't get a hold of her husban
Fiona (Fi) Lawson thought the worst thing to happen to her was her husband Bram's infidelity and their subsequent separation. But that's not the worst he will do to her as she discovers when she arrives home to find strangers in the process of moving into her house, the one she and Bram bought and then lovingly renovated all the while feeling smug about the rise in property prices in their exclusive suburb. Now Bram has disappeared and Fi is unable to find him just when she needs him t help unra ...more
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
It takes getting to the very end of Our House to understand its cleverness, but it is clever. Very clever. And creepy. But without any violence. Our House tells the alternating stories of Bram and Fiona. They are separated, but continue to share the house in which they parent their two sons. Until Fiona comes home one day when it is her turn to live in the house, and new owners are moving in. What follows are Bram and Fiona’s alternating versions of how they got to that point, and how they both ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: bayb-2018

When fortyish Londoner Fiona Lawson catches her handsome husband Bram with another woman, in the children's playhouse no less, that's it! This is Bram's second offense, and divorce is the only answer. Fiona is a modern woman, though, and proposes a 'bird's nest' custody arrangement. In this plan, the kids - Leo and Harry -remain in the family home, and the parents take turns living there. On 'off days' the non-resident parent retires to a small apartment nearby, rented for that purpose.

Fiona is
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fast action right from the start, so that certainly pulled me in!

This is a brilliantly written domestic psychological thriller with a plot different from anything I’ve ever read before. While it lagged in the middle of the book, it picked up the pace again and then threw the ending right in your face!

Unfortunately I did not connect deeply with the characters because they were all pretty unlikeable for one reason or another. But the story itself was cunning and strong and that’s what propelled
OUR HOUSE by bestselling author, Louise Candlish, acclaimed author of eleven previous novels, including THE SWIMMING POOL and THE SUDDEN DEPARTURE OF THE FRASERS is an outstanding psychological thriller.

“a disturbing and addictive novel of domestic suspense where secrets kept hidden from spouses cause shocking surprises that hit home...”

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-pa
Carol (Bookaria)
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Imagine arriving at your home and finding other people moving in. After the initial shock you decide to talk to these people, clearly, they must be confused, after all, this is your house, where you've lived for years with your family.

This is how the novel begins and what follows is a chilling story of deception, secrets, and lies.

The story is told in alternating points of view and takes place in an affluent London neighborhood. I enjoyed reading it but felt the book could have been shorter, may
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