Our House was my book club’s chosen read for this month. This was also the book chosen as Waterstones thriller of the month for September, and it is one I had heard a lot about so I had high hopes for this one!
The blurb for this book was a brief one, but one which immediately piqued my interest and left me wanting to find out more. It begin with a family moving into a new home in the London suburbs, which isn’t usually something that would be seen as unusual. However, the house in question belongs to Fiona Lawson, who has lived there with her husband, Bram, and their children for many years. It is a much loved family home, and one they have no intention of selling despite recent marital issues. So this immediately raises questions over how the house came to be put up for sale, and the transaction going unnoticed by Fiona and her friends and inquisitive neighbours on Trinity Avenue. I really liked the premise of this story, so this was a book which had my attention from the opening pages. And as the story develops, we begin to unravel the web of secrets and lies which lead up to the house sale, which exposes even more about Fiona and Bram’s marriage, as they do what they can to save their family against the odds.
I found Our House easy to get into, and I raced through it so can certainly see why this is a book that has been getting a lot of attention. The narrative alternates between third and first person, and we get to see events unfold from the perspectives of Bram and Fiona. Fiona’s story is told through the form of a crime podcast which includes tweets from listeners speculating on their story, and Bram’s is told through the form of a Word document, with the intended recipient unclear. It’s a story with multiple threads woven together, as it deals with not only the suspicious house sale, but also another crime which affects the Lawson’s and makes life very difficult for Bram and Fiona. It also deals with themes of marriage and family relationships as we learn that this couple’s marriage is on shaky ground which is also key to events. As I was reading I kept changing my mind over what I thought was going to happen and who I thought was to blame for the crimes. There are a few twists and turns along the way to keep the reader guessing, but not in the ways I was expecting so it kept my interest to the end.
Our House is an enjoyable read with an interesting premise which is sure to have a wide appeal amongst readers, as it explores one family’s worst nightmare, and unravels the mystery behind their troubling story.