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Our House

by Louise Candlish

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Our House by Louise Candlish
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  • Published Aug 2018
    416 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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  • Kristina H. (West Orange, NJ)
    Our House, while an intriguing concept, fell flat for me. Not for a lack of interesting twists and turns and a surprise at the end; all of that kept me going. But I struggled all the way. Perhaps because of the way it was written, jumping from present to past, from his head to hers. It didn't feel like each narrator had a distinct voice or a sense of urgency. Overall, for me, it lacked an emotional intensity that I crave in a book of mystery and suspense.
  • Susie X
    Love the idea, not the result
    The format of the novel is interesting and there are good twists in the story but the pacing is too slow. It became a slog to get through.
  • Nikki M. (Fort Wayne, IN)
    I did whip through this one quickly, but I found it a bit predictable. I could see the twist coming a mile away. Worth a read, maybe on a beach!
  • Chris H. (Wauwatosa, WI)
    Our House
    I found the premise of this book to be quite interesting. The way in which the two main characters told their versions of events was intriguing. One character told her version through a podcast. The other through a word document. However, I think the story could have been told much better if it had been much shorter. I felt like this book was lasting forever. It lost my interest in the storyline about halfway through and then it just went on and on. By the time the "cliffhanger" ending came around, I just didn't care anymore.
  • Julie M. (Golden Valley, MN)
    Good Beach Read
    I loved the premise of this story and did like the fact that we heard from both Bram and Fiona's perspectives. I thought the ending was a bit disappointing. I was wanting an unexpected twist which really never came.
  • Barbara L. (Novato, CA)
    Our House
    I found the premise of this story quite intriguing: a woman arrives at her own home that she is sharing with her co-parenting ex-husband, to find it devoid of all her possessions and with a new couple moving in. The story of how all this could have possibly happened makes for an interesting read. I initially enjoyed reading it to find out the back story, but felt that the last third of the book dragged on too long.
  • Nancy H. (Lisle, IL)
    Too many cutesy literary gimmicks
    Loiuse Candlish's "Our House" is a failed attempt to get in on the Girl Gone-Girl on a Train theme. Its convoluted plot is heavily weighted by the use of every literary gimmick available to modern writers. It starts out like a podcast, including cutesy # comments from alleged listeners. Then we move to a long-winded suicide note (no spoiler here—it's identified as such in the first few pages), then on to a third person narrative, and the rest of the novel swings haphazardly among these plodding devices. I was constantly confused—not by the arc of the unfolding drama, but by which voice and format was currently on offer. By the time I reached the big reveal I was too tired of the choppy writing to care.

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