Our House

Berkley. Aug. 2018. 416p. ISBN 9780451489111. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780451489128. SUSPENSE
OrangeReviewStarFiona Lawson is stunned to see the house she loves in a posh part of London being claimed by strangers upon her return from vacation. It's instantly apparent that this was done by Bram, the cheating husband Fi is divorcing, who's just taken off for Switzerland. But the "how" and "why" are only gradually revealed in this intriguing novel. Fi and Bram had settled into a congenial custody arrangement known as bird's nest, alternately sharing the house and a nearby flat to keep life fairly normal for their eight- and ten-year-old sons, with each free to see others at the flat. As Fi tells her story on the popular podcast The Victim, flashbacks reveal the extent of the secrets Bram has kept from her, secrets more dire than dalliances, which land him in an intricate blackmail scheme.
VERDICT British author Candlish (The Swimming Pool) is skilled at portraying families in critical situations and ramping up the suspense. She does both here, in an absorbing plot with surprising twists until the final page. A sure bet for fans of family drama, mystery, and suspense.

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