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The beginning and middle were great. I just found the story way too long, could have been cut down.
Fi comes home early one day and discovers a couple moving in her home. It turns out the house was sold without her knowledge and her estranged husband has disappeared with her two young sons. What happened? Did he go on the run because he didn't want to lose his boys? Is Fi making up things? Or is there something more sinister going on? It took me a couple of chapters before I was into the story once I got used to at least 3 different timelines: the crime podcast, the husband, and Fi. It's a good suspense thriller with a few surprise twists.
I enjoy the current wave of suspense novels with female protagonists set in and around contemporary London. Despite the unappealing title, I chose to give this novel a go, and so glad I did. I loved the twists and turns of the plot and found the ending sad yet just.
Birds Nest Parenting - a novel idea this novel imposes on its main characters.
Fi & Bram's marriage falls apart after his second affair. His drinking & speeding have created more problems Bram hides from Fi.
Their children get to remain in their home while the parents shift between the home and an apartment based on their custody week - birds nest parenting!
When Bram finds himself blackmailed into a property fraud scheme his tormented mind is scrambling to create a loophole so Fi will not lose everything and Bram will not spend years in prison.
Bram's final actions are pure karma from a tormented mind.
A very good mystery and even at over 550 pages, I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. A few twists and turns, definitely worth your time.
A domestic thriller that keeps the reader on their toes through its slow-burn pace, reveal after reveal, until its perfect ending.
This book will make you rethink going over the speed limit or coveting that McMansion down the street. Fiona and her ex-husband, Bram, have a birds' nest custody agreement so they can keep their home in their pricey London neighborhood. Until one day Fiona comes home early from their trip to a moving van outside and a new couple moving in. This novel is full of twists and has an ending worthy of O Henry. -- Angie (See more of my picks by following WoodneathAngie in the catalog)
This book will make you rethink going over the speed limit or coveting that McMansion down the street. Fiona and her ex-husband, Bram, have a birds' nest custody agreement so they can keep their home in their pricey London neighborhood. Until one day Fiona comes home early from their trip to a moving van outside and a new couple moving in. This novel is full of twists and has an ending worthy of O Henry.
The format of the story-telling in this novel is a blend of "present moment" with a pod-cast reflection on what happened and a written confession created a story that was quite layered with multiple perspectives. This meant you never know just which story is the "true" one. The characters were flawed and not terribly likable at times, but I found myself unable to look away from the twisted wreckage of their marriage. I was constantly guessing at who was at fault for the mess. And the ending was best of all. Author Louise Candlish deftly wraps up the story in the way that will subtly punch readers straight in the gut. She's an author I'll be looking to read more of in the future.
What happens when you come home to find strangers moving into your house?
Identity theft with some adultery, road rage and more thrown in. A compelling thriller that got bogged down a bit in the middle. The story is broken into different POVs and timelines. Two for both Fiona and Bram. Bram's present day storyline was not as engaging as Fiona's and I often found myself impatient to return to what was happening to Fiona in the now. The past story lines of the two were written nicely so that they often overlapped just slightly. That worked very well. Definitely a page turner with some very intriguing twists. Would make a fantastic book group selection.