Bram and Fiona have two terrific kids, and the most gorgeous of London homes. So pretty from the outside that people stop to take the occasional photo. So warm and welcoming on the inside that the couple dream of their children bringing up their own families within the same walls. Comfortingly, the house is also a huge asset for the family’s financial future.
OUR HOUSE takes a new slant on modern crime and it is that twitchingly horrifying to know that this sort of thing can actually happen. Your homeowner’s hackles will be well and truly up and ready to attack. OUR HOUSE melds a modern relationship drama with a suspense thriller plot that plays out simultaneously with the discoveries of Fi as she tries to figure out what the hell has taken hold of her (cheating) husband. What happened to Bram that he would sell his own children’s home out from underneath them? Where has he gone?
The absolute unfairness of what is happening to Fi rankles throughout, and it is concern for her that will have the reader galloping through to find out if she ends up okay. It is fair cop to say that there is some middle novel lag, but this is the time needed in which to delve a little more into the backstory of how Fi comes to be in the middle of such a tangled mess. There is never any doubt about who is to blame and we realize that the bad guys aren’t only the ones doing dodgy deals with your title deeds.
Compelling reading, OUR HOUSE is a novel about suspicion, fraud and family. It could easily have been a one trick pony but author Louise Candlish has made sure there is plenty going on in this novel and alternates the viewpoints enough so that we are required to think again about what we have just read. The London suburbs prove to be dense enough to hide the most fractured of families and the deepest of secrets.
BOOK REVIEW - THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS, Michael Robotham
On the outside, always looking in, is the lonely view of the world that Agatha is well used to. Working up to her due date at a grocery store, Agatha’s regular relief from boredom is to watch through the shop windows local mothers having coffees together after school drop off. It seems a little more than unfair to Agatha that these mothers feel the need to constantly gripe about their husbands and children. To have a family of her own is all that Agatha has ever wanted.
If you’ve read any books at all by this author, picking this title up will be a no-brainer. They are all consistently written at a higher quality than their market peers. Author Michael Robotham proves his versatility once again and writes with assurance about the intense world of female relationships and in particular, of the point at which women are at their most vulnerable. Nothing is overplayed and it’s a subtle hand that deals out the enormities of loss, betrayal, deception and entitlement. It’s a win for readers that Robotham has written a female centric novel of this kind as it will lift the writing bar for those that will follow.
THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS is a compelling dramatic thriller that delicately balances the humanity of the two women with the consequences of their shocking actions. It was very difficult to re-emerge from the world of this book as was written to be so very immersive. The reader will take on the ache of both mothers in their predicaments that are so similar and yet at such odds for each to resolve.
You’ll knock this novel off in one or two sittings so book yourself in for a solid enjoyable read as soon as you can!