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Our House By Louise Candlish

Our House‘Our House’ is the latest book by Louise Candlish.

On a bright January morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they’ve just bought in Trinity Avenue. Nothing strange about that. Except it is your house. And you didn’t sell it.

I was curious about ‘Our House’. When I received a copy, there was quite a bit of hype on social media about Louise Candlish’s latest book and as I was a huge fan of her previous novel called ‘The Swimming Pool’, I was eager to dive into this book and see for myself.

The story is written as a dual narrative, written from the perspective of husband and wife Bram and Fiona and begins just at the point that Fiona discovers strangers moving into her house and telling her that they bought it. Confused as to what is going on, she tries to get in touch with Bram but he seems to have disappeared off the grid.

The story then flows in a past and present, with the circumstances leading up to the events and the aftermath leading to the couple’s separation.

What is particularly clever about the story, is the way the couple tell their sides of the story. Fiona’s is delivered through a podcast called ‘The Victim’ which is created in a similar style to the hit podcast ‘Serial’. Listeners are able to hear her side, conveying her emotions and disbelief to the public and they are able to engage with her through social media. Whilst, Bram’s is done in a more traditional method, written as diary entries, as he writes of his guilt and remorse at his actions.

When I initially began the book, I did find it a bit slow to start but the as story progressed and the drama unfolded, I found it hard to put down. The characters were fascinating and their background stories added a thrilling twist to the story. Fiona is quite a hard woman, after being repeatedly let down by Bram, she decides to call it a day on their marriage but wants it to be as amicable as possible for the sake of their two boys.

Bram is a complex man who’s life has been riddled with problems since his childhood. After being caught in an accident, his life suddenly changes for the worst and he fears that everything that he held dear, will be snatched away. As much as he tries to put his life in order, he is faced with drama and problems along the way. He tries desperately to be the perfect father and I found myself regularly sympathising with the poor man throughout the book.

A thrilling tale riddled with deception and drama, ‘Our House’ is a scarily realistic story that will send shivers through you. Unsettling from the start, the story is cunningly written and filled with double crossing and twists, that will have you checking your locks once more before bed.

You can pre-order Our House from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 5th April 2018.

Louise Candlish Reveals New Book – Our House

Our HouseLouise Candlish has revealed the name and cover of her new book, due out in 2018, called ‘Our House’.

What the back cover says –

On a bright January morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they’ve just bought in Trinity Avenue.
Nothing strange about that. Except it is your house. And you didn’t sell it.

After loving her last book, ‘The Swimming Pool’, I can’t wait to get reading ‘Our House’.

You can pre-order Our House from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 5th April 2018.

The Swimming Pool By Louise Candlish

The Swimming PoolLouise Candlish is back in the Summer with a new book called ‘The Swimming Pool’.

It’s summer when Elm Hill lido opens, having stood empty for years. For Natalie Steele – wife, mother, teacher – it offers freedom from the tightly controlled routines of work and family. Especially when it leads her to Lara Channing, a charismatic former actress with a lavish bohemian lifestyle, who seems all too happy to invite Natalie into her elite circle.
Soon Natalie is spending long days at the pool, socializing with new friends and basking in a popularity she didn’t know she’d been missing. Real life, and the person she used to be, begins to feel very far away. But is such a change in fortunes too good to be true? Why are dark memories of a summer long ago now threatening to surface? And, without realizing, could Natalie have been swept dangerously out of her depth?.

‘The Swimming Pool’ is the latest dark poolside read from Louise Candlish, it’s a creepy story about bullying and fitting into society.

The story is seen through the eyes of school teacher Natalie, who becomes close friend with Lara Channing, the voice behind the establishment of the local lido. Natalie is in awe of Lara, with her glamorous career, rich husband and busy lifestyle and jumps at every opportunity to hang out with Lara and her sophisticated friends much to her husband, Ed’d dislike. He thinks that Natalie spends too much time with Lara and that all this time has changed her. Meanwhile their only daughter Molly is spending her time with Georgia, Lara’s daughter and hoping to overcome her severe fear of water.

The book is cleverly written in various tenses, flashing from the past to the present in quick succession and gives the reader an informed insight into the background of Natalie’s life.

To be honest I didn’t like Natalie, the more I read about her and her past, the more I realised that she wasn’t a nice person, even though she expresses some regret for her actions as a child, I still found her dislikable, as she craved Lara’s attention and left her old friends behind.

The story is filled with many characters and Louise has created characters for me, that weren’t nice at all. Everyone had secrets, ghosts and a history to hide and this made for dark reading for me as the story flowed along and the plot developed.

A claustrophobic and sophisticated story set against the balmy backdrop of a cluttered lido, ‘The Swimming Pool’ is a thrilling, psychological story filled with drama and twists, Louise has written another observant and complex book about society that made for gripping reading.

You can buy The Swimming Pool from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Louise Candlish Reveals New Book – The Swimming Pool

The Swimming PoolLouise Candlish is back in the Summer with a new book called ‘The Swimming Pool’.

The story of ‘The Swimming Pool’ is –

It’s summer when Elm Hill lido opens, having stood empty for years. For Natalie Steele – wife, mother, teacher – it offers freedom from the tightly controlled routines of work and family. Especially when it leads her to Lara Channing, a charismatic former actress with a lavish bohemian lifestyle, who seems all too happy to invite Natalie into her elite circle.

Soon Natalie is spending long days at the pool, socializing with new friends and basking in a popularity she didn’t know she’d been missing. Real life, and the person she used to be, begins to feel very far away.

But is such a change in fortunes too good to be true? Why are dark memories of a summer long ago now threatening to surface? And, without realizing, could Natalie have been swept dangerously out of her depth?

With a hauntingly dark cover and a thrilling synopsis, ‘The Swimming Pool’ sounds like the perfect poolside read, (no pun intended)

You can pre-order The Swimming Pool from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 5th May 2016.