Published: 5th April 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
On a bright morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they’ve just bought on Trinity Avenue. Nothing strange about that. Except it’s your house and you didn’t sell it.
As Fiona walks around the corner to see Trinity Avenue, spotting a moving van was the very last thing she thought she would see. It’s parked outside her house, her front door is open, people are carrying boxes inside – what is going on? Immediately, Louise Candlish unleashes the blind panic from Fiona’s entire body into the imagination of the readers and she certainly wastes no time in getting the narrative started.
“We tell ourselves other people have backed us into a corner and we’re simply reacting, co-operating, surviving.”
Fiona’s life isn’t picture perfect – her husband has issues, her house is in desperate need of a lick of paint, her two boys squabble over the silliest of things but she’s getting through life. That is until she discovers her husband doing the deed with her neighbour in the children’s playhouse at the bottom of the garden. This was in fact the initial set-up of the entire plot and what a way to kick things off as the trust between Fiona and her husband Bram was long gone. As he struggles with a driving ban, things dramatically take a turn for the worse and soon enough, he begins to receive threats of what he has done, with solid information and photographic evidence. But of course, all of this can magically go away if he sells his house between his wife’s back.
“Crazy, really, to have ever imagined that a wife and children could be anything but shackles to a man like Bram.”
The entire process of Bram stealing his own home under his wife’s nose is deceivingly clever and yet it’s an eye opener about how people will truly do anything in order to protect themselves. The plot is full of twists and turns, transferring form Fiona’s point of view on a podcast, to her sitting in the kitchen of her home with the new owners to Bram writing down everything that happened and why he did what he did. With the change in narrative, readers are kept on their toes and even though readers would have a brief idea where the plot was going, there were a few twists and turns in order to keep the narrative fresh and unique. Louise Candlish has a spectacular way of words, even though we didn’t get to know her characters in a lot of detail, the focus of the house kept my focus alive throughout the entire book. There was never a dull moment with the plot, but towards the ending I thought that even though there was a shocking moment, it didn’t end the way I expected it to. Nevertheless, it was a fantastic book which I would highly recommend to anyone and everyone!
Disclaimer: This book was purchased with my own money but I have an ongoing working relationship with the publisher.