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Characters
Fiona Lawson (Female), Mother, Divorced, Comes home to find strangers moving into her house; husband and children have disappeared;
Genre
Suspense
Fiction
Topics
Crime
Family
Domestics
Search for truth
Secrets
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  Library Journal Review

Fiona Lawson is stunned to see the house she loves in a posh part of London being claimed by strangers upon her return from vacation. It's instantly apparent that this was done by Bram, the cheating husband Fi is divorcing, who's just taken off for Switzerland. But the "how" and "why" are only gradually revealed in this intriguing novel. Fi and Bram had settled into a congenial custody arrangement known as bird's nest, alternately sharing the house and a nearby flat to keep life fairly normal for their eight- and ten-year-old sons, with each free to see others at the flat. As Fi tells her story on the popular podcast The Victim, flashbacks reveal the extent of the secrets Bram has kept from her, secrets more dire than dalliances, which land him in an intricate blackmail scheme. -VERDICT British author Candlish (The Swimming Pool) is skilled at portraying families in critical situations and ramping up the suspense. She does both here, in an absorbing plot with surprising twists until the final page. A sure bet for fans of family drama, mystery, and suspense.-Michele Leber, Arlington, VA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

British author Candlish makes her U.S. debut with an artfully plotted, affecting page-turner. Fiona Lawson gets the shock of her life when she returns from a brief getaway to the beloved London townhouse where she alternates custody with her estranged husband, Bram, of their two children: another family seems to be moving in. Bram has apparently sold the home out from under her and the kids-and vanished, along with the £2 million payday. Even more devastating betrayals await the doughty Fi. Alternating narratives-one Fi's, the other Bram's-raise the tension. In a particularly inspired move, much of Fi's account comes via her emotionally raw tale on a true crime podcast, The Victim, with tweets from the audience serving as a kind of Greek chorus. Movingly chronicling the decline of a marriage that once looked as solid as the couple's stately red-brick residence, Candlish manages to stash a couple of trump cards, setting up a truly killer climax. American fans of domestic suspense will want to see more from this talented author. Agent: Deborah Schneider, Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents/ICM Partners. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
From an internationally acclaimed author, a disturbing and addictive novel of domestic suspense where secrets kept hidden from spouses cause shocking surprises that hit home... <br> <br> There's nothing unusual about a new family moving in at 91 Trinity Avenue. Except it's her house. And she didn't sell it. <br> <br> 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 coparenting 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.<br> <br> 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.
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