I was very curious when I picked Our House by Louise Candlish. It was promising intrigue. Fi is coming back home one day to see someone else moving in. Another family, complete strangers in her house. All of their belongings are gone and are being replaced. She does a double take, checks if it is in fact her house, just like you might in a nightmare. There is no doubt, she has not made a mistake. It is her place or it used to be. However the book did not deliver what I was expecting. I was bored for a good part of it. Not much was happening for a good while. I think the reason for it was that pretty much the whole story was given away at the beginning and then we were just walked through the events in detail, which was not that exciting.
I couldn’t feel much compassion towards Bram, one of the main characters. He was being blackmailed into selling his family home. He felt horrible for causing the accident that allowed the blackmailer to have something on him. I had the impression however that he felt more sorry for himself than for the victim. He seemed to have exonerated himself by placing the blame on the other driver. Bram wasn’t let back into his lane after he tried to overtake a car, and while it is clear that this wasn’t his fault, he should not have been speeding in the first place, engaging in a race with the other vehicle. I think the horrifying outcome of the accident didn’t let me turn a blind eye on this fact, like Bram seemed to have done.
Bram tells his story through a lengthy written confession. I didn’t think that form was very convincing and suitable for his state of mind, a letter might be; not sure about a manuscript.
After experiencing moral distaste towards Bram, we are also presented with a character of his wife Fi, whom the author is describing as seeing the word in black and white, being morally unscarred. Yet what she does at the end of the book has thrown me off, even given the circumstances. She seems to view her act as understandable and even forgivable. Even though it weights on her conscience she is able to quickly move on. Another morally ill character.
What saves the book is the very ending. It sends a message that no crime of this caliber is left unpunished. It is clear, strong an powerful. Finally gives the reader what the book has been missing.
I cannot say it was a good read, I really thought it was going to be better, so two house keys bunches, car horns or wine glasses.
House keys buches, car horns or wine glasses rating:
– one of the best books I read
– good read
– disappointed, I thought it was going to be better
– don’t waste your time