RTR's Book Review for Our House by Louise Standish
If you're looking for a book with a lead character you will despise, Our House is an excellent choice. I wanted to reach into the book and strangle Bram. At the very least, I would have loved to be able to tell him to grow a set.
Fiona adores her children and loves their father, though his past indiscretions weigh heavily. It's led to them being separated. To ease any strain on their children, they're doing a co-parenting deal where they take turn living in their home. When it's Bram's time with the boys, Fi goes to a flat they're sharing. When it's her turn, she moves back home and Bram heads to the flat.
Things go beyond the usual, however, when she returns from a trip early to find strangers moving into her home. Her boys are also missing. The new owners have proof that Bram sold them the house for $2 million. It's up to Fi to figure out if Bram is in danger, where are her boys, and how her house could have been sold right out from under her.
There's the premise. I will say the mystery of the boys is one that is resolved quickly. It's not really that integral to the story, though it is for a brief flash. The bigger mystery is what Bram did and why. It's told through alternating chapters of his past, his present, Fi's past, and Fi's present.
I hated Bram. It's that simple. Louise Standish does a great job at building a character it's impossible to like. I never felt pity for him as some might. Had he manned up, this story wouldn't have existed sure, but it would have been the decent thing to do. Read it and you'll know exactly what I'm saying.
For me, the bottom line is clear. Despite my hatred of Bram, I was hooked. I had to see how things ended.