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.
When Fiona Lawson comes home to find strangers moving into her house, she’s sure there’s been a mistake. She and her estranged husband, Bram, have a modern co-parenting arrangement: bird’s nest custody, where each parent spends a few nights a week with their two sons at the prized family home to maintain stability for their children. But the system built to protect their family ends up putting them in terrible jeopardy. In a domino effect of crimes and misdemeanors, the nest comes tumbling down.
Now Bram has disappeared and so have Fiona’s children. As events spiral well beyond her control, Fiona will discover just how many lies her husband was weaving and how little they truly knew each other. But Bram’s not the only one with things to hide, and some secrets are best kept to oneself, safe as houses. (From Goodreads)
Thank you to Berkley Pub #Partner for gifting me this copy and inviting me onto the blog tour, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I think this book will be perfect for readers who enjoy a slow burning suspense novel. The format was an interesting aspect of this book. I did appreciate that. The book had a very promising start, like most thrillers I couldn’t wait to find out what happened to her house. Did she have amnesia? Was she mentally unstable and just thought she owned this house? Was there some trauma? Kind of like the typical thriller. For me, this book slowly just lost me. It may have something to do with the fact it’s not at all what I expected, it also is not a thriller, it’s more mystery, with a dash of domestic suspense, and a pinch of chick lit.
This is a very hard review for me to write, because while I didn’t enjoy it, I know that many people will, so I don’t want to discourage future readers. I think if you go into it, not thinking it’s a thriller you will enjoy it much more. I will say that Candlish’s writing is very detailed and atmospheric. She wrote a lot of dialogue in this book, so you are reading a lot of conversations, and both Bram and Fi’s side of the story. I’m not sure if that accurately describes it, but there is a lot of talking. The cover is gorgeous, and the prose was intriguing, this was just a book that didn’t do it for me.