Summary: On a bright January morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they’ve just bought in Trinity Avenue.
Nothing strange about that. Except it is your house. And you didn’t sell it.
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 co-parenting 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.
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.
Review: 4 stars
I have seen book all over the web claimed to be one of the best thrillers of the summer. Not only did I get a copy from Netgalley, but I also won a contest and got a paperback advanced reading copy as well. I always get really excited for paperback ARC’s, so I was pumped for this one. I didn’t even read the blurb before picking it up.
The plot was pretty cool. I’ve read many murder mystery stories, but never a book about fraud like this. I wouldn’t say that this was really a page-turner though. It was slow paced and kind of a predictable until the very end. But it was still so good. All of the planning that it took to pull off fraud at that level was crazy to read about. I enjoy reading books about heists and con artists, but I don’t feel that this much detail is always given.
The characters were done so well. I found myself relating to both Fi and Bram. It felt like these circumstances could have easily happened to anyone. For the first half of the book I found Fi to be too uptight and snobby, but as the story went on I began to find her a bit more relatable. More than her character, I found it very easy to relate to Bram. His actions, although horrible, made sense to me. He was a much more laid back man, who wasn’t so flawless like Fi. He was much more of your “regular guy”, making his character easy to relate to.
This book was unlike anything I have read before. I’ve never read or even knew about estate fraud, especially at this level. This was a very intricate scan and made for an interesting novel watching it all play out. It is scary that something like this could actually happen. I do wish that certain elements were done better. There were two plot twists that could have been revealed in a more shocking way. There wasn’t enough tension and momentum built up for the big moments. Overall it was very interesting, with well-developed characters and original plot, but was a bit too slow-paced and predictable.
I received an advanced review copy from Netgalley and Berkley publishing.