Like the Fiction: Début Book of the Year, Leïla Slimani’s Lullaby, Our House tapped into middle-class fears, this time about property. The British Book Awards judges liked its new take on the now very competitive psychological thriller genre, and were pleased to see a mid- career author make it into bestsellerdom after a long slog.
“The team’s adaptability speaks of a lot of hard work behind the scenes to get this novel the recognition it deserves,” said one. “Simon & Schuster had a great vision for Our House right from the start—it was a campaign and a book that seemed to be everywhere for much of 2018,” added another.
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This is both a mischievous take on the property-obsessed London middle classes and a good thriller. Candlish asks: Do some women care more about their house than their husband? Rather than lose her house, Fiona Lawson opts for the trendy bird’s nest solution, whereby she and husband Bram take it in turns to spend half the week with their children in the house. Suddenly, Bram disappears — and he has also sold the house. A gripping take on modern marriage.
Given the current preoccupation with housing, the property-porn thriller looks set to become a staple of crime fiction, and Our House by Louise Candlish is an excellent example of this burgeoning subgenre...Husband and wife pass the narrative baton between them in this masterfully plotted, compulsive page-turner.