I came to read Our House by Louise Candlish in a rather unconventional way. I didn’t buy it or borrow it from a friend. I follow a lady called @ellymgibson on Instagram who reads an incredible number of books, nearly all of which she buys from charity shops. She always posts mini reviews on Instagram. When she posted her review of Our House, she described it as ‘a trashy but strangely addictive thriller’. I commented that I do love a trashy thriller and she offered to post it to me!
Over the summer holidays, I often struggle to keep up with the plots of thrillers as I don’t have as much time to read as usual. So I’d bought myself four ‘easy’ books to read. Having read three of them (With or Without You, Never Greener and Convenience Store Woman) within a week of my daughter finishing school, I realised that maybe this year I could cope with thrillers. So I read Our House.
It kicks straight in with the crux of the story. Fiona arrives home from a couple of days away to find someone moving into her house. Her family home has been sold without her permission. How has this happened?
The story has three strands – a straight narrative, ‘Fi’s story’ on a podcast called The Victim and husband Bram’s written document. It seems clear from the start that the house really has been sold and the book gradually pieces together why and how it happened.
This is definitely an addictive read with a few big twists thrown in. I wouldn’t say that Fiona was the most likeable of characters, but I did feel for her. Her life is very middle class and I almost feel the author is poking fun at the lifestyles of a middle class family. Because if you scratch the surface of middle class families, who knows what you may find? In the case of Fiona and Bram, there are certainly a few skeletons in the closet.
I like a good quality thriller, I like a literary novel, but there will always be space in my heart for a trashy thriller. These are often the books I can’t put down and can’t wait to get back to. Our House ticks all the boxes and I would definitely recommend it.