Published by Berkley on August 7th 2018
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“They didn’t tell us that the worst disasters would be those of our own making.”
Imagine having the house of your dreams. The house you have always wanted. It’s perfect for you in every way. You hope to live there forever. You plan to give this home to your children one day, keep it in the family as they say. Then imagine walking home one day to see a moving truck parked out front. Furniture is being moved in, and you did not arrange any of this. This must be a mistake. It must be!
But you quickly meet the new owner. What!?! You didn’t sell this home. True, you are sharing the home with your soon to be ex-husband, but certainly there has been some mistake, hasn’t there? That is what happens to Fiona “Fi” as she returns one day. Frantic, she phones her soon to be ex-husband, Bram, but can’t get through to him. She has no idea where Bram is, and the new owner(s) have proof of a sale.
Our House is told both Fi and Bram’s point of view but in different formats. Fi’s point of view is told through a podcast called “The Victim”. She tells her side of the story and the reader quickly learns why the couple are getting divorced and the events occurring from Fi’s POV. It is obvious that Fi has not been told the truth about so many things that will eventually have an impact on her life. The reader is given Bram’s POV through a word document. He has not been honest with Fi and is not a very like-able character. As both share their stories, the reader is privy to more information than Fi. What starts as one incident begins a chain reaction leading to downfall.
“I hate you, he thinks. I hate you with a depth that makes me see I have never hated before in my whole life. Only you.”
This book started out strong for me but then slowed down drastically in the middle but then picked up the pace again when it gets to the home stretch. There are a few twists and turns to move the story along but again – the middle – it lagged. Overall, an enjoyable story even if it wasn’t an edge of your seat page turner. Interesting premise and a unique way of telling the story which will work for some and not others. I think this would be a good book for books club as there are some interesting things to discuss – birds nest parenting/divorce/home-sharing, deceit, lies, the old “what would you do if this happened in your life” or “what would you do differently” questions, the ending, the twists, etc.
*Traveling Sisters read
Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.