Book Review: The Sudden Departure of the Frasers by Louise Candlish

What’s it about?

My name is Amber Fraser. I’ve just moved in at Number 40, Lime Park Road. You’ll come to think of me as a loving wife, a thoughtful neighbour and a trusted friend.

This is a lie.

When Christy and Joe Davenport are handed the keys to Number 40 on picture-perfect Lime Park Road, Christy knows it should be a dream come true. How strange though that the house was on the market for such a low price. That the previous owners, the Frasers, had renovated the entire property yet moved out within a year. That none of the neighbours will talk to Christy.

As her curiosity begins to give way to obsession, Christy finds herself drawn deeper into the mystery of the house’s previous occupants – and the dark and shocking secret
that tore the street apart . . .

My thoughts

I’ve read a couple of Louise Candlish’s other books and whilst one I loved, one I could have passed on but was still pleased to pick this one up in a local charity shop.

Told in turn by the two very different women owners of the house the start of the book does entice you in with the hint of mystery and your mind will go into overdrive with all the possibilities of what did make the Frasers flee overnight and of course human nature and sheer nosiness makes us want to find out what’s going on behind all the closed doors in the street.

There is so much build up in this book which does make it somewhat overly long and at times I’m afraid I started to get a little bored along the way and then one character divulges something in confidence it’s kinda obvious where we’re going with the plot, and when everything comes to a head it’s not so much of a shock.

I can’t fault the author’s writing style though, it’s very well written but just with unbelievably horrible stuck up characters that I couldn’t give two hoots about.

If you enjoyed Candlish’s The Swimming Pool then this one would be a hit with you too.  I, on the other hand, much preferred The Disappearance of Emily Marr.

Book links: Goodreads | Amazon

Author links: Website | Twitter

Small print for info
Source: Purchased – second hand
No of pages: 512
Publisher: Penguin

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One thought on “Book Review: The Sudden Departure of the Frasers by Louise Candlish

  1. shazjera says:

    I was tempted to read this one Lindsay. As you say, it’s human nature to dig deeper into something like this 🙂 Intrigued as to what happens after the ‘reveal’ as I’m thinking no build up to the end?

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