One of The Washington Post's 10 Best Thrillers and Mysteries of the Year
One of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of the Year
One of Real Simple's Best Books of the Year
"The perfect book for thriller readers and true-crime podcast addicts...a stunning literary thriller that artfully twists and turns until the very end."Bustle
On a bright morning in the suburbs, a family moves into the house they've just bought on Trinity Avenue.
Nothing strange about that. Except it's your house. And you didn't sell it.
When Fiona Lawson arrives home to find strangers moving into her house, she is plunged into terror and confusion. She and her husband, Bram, have owned their home on Trinity Avenue for years; how can another family possibly think the house is theirs? And why has Bram disappearedalong with their two young childrenwhen she needs him most?
As the nightmare takes hold, Fiona begins to untangle the lies that led to a devastating crimeand a betrayal so shocking it will teach her to keep her own secrets behind locked doors....
|Publisher:||Gale, A Cengage Company|
|Edition description:||Large Print|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.00(d)|
About the Author
Louise Candlish attended University College London and worked as an editor in art publishing and as a copywriter before becoming a novelist. She lives with her husband and daughter.
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Reading Group Guide
Questions for Discussion
1. Fi’s story is told in a podcast interview meant for public broadcast, while Bram’s is told in a written suicide confession intended for the police. Is either form inherently more trustworthy than the other?
2. Do you have sympathy for Bram’s predicament? Might he have handled the blackmailers’ demands differently?
3. Fi claims that 91 Trinity Avenue was the Lawson family’s “primary breadwinner” and “benign master.” Is the novel a cautionary tale about investing too much in our property—both financially and emotionally?
4. Alison, Merle, Kirsty, Polly, her mother: Fi’s network is almost entirely female and manifestly dynamic. Meanwhile, Bram comments that “in my experience men noticed very little” and jokes about his desire for a “prefeminist” partner. What point is the author making about modern male-female relationships?
5. What do you make of the bird’s nest custody arrangement? Were Bram and Fi being realistic in thinking it could work, even before the interference of Mike and Wendy? Do you know anyone who has had this co-parenting arrangement in real life? Was it successful?
6. Fi and Bram praise each other’s parenting skills and repeatedly claim to make important decisions with their sons in mind. Do events bear this out?
7. Did you enjoy the structure of the book? When Fi’s podcast interview ends and the crucial, astounding events of January 13 and 14 are revealed, were there any shocks or surprises?
8. The death that occurs in the couple’s flat is arguably the novel’s most serious crime. Did you anticipate it, and is it likely that the perpetrator(s) will go unpunished? Do you want the perpetrator(s) to be punished?