Monday, 25 May 2015

Book Review: The Sudden Departure of the Frasers

The Sudden Departure of the Frasers
By Louise Candlish
Published by Penguin
Available in paperback and ebook

Christy and Joe Davenport have just purchased their 'forever' home in a nice part of London but their bargain of the century isn't what it seems. The neighbourhood doesn't seem as friendly as they imagined with neighbours ignoring them, or hiding behind their curtains.

Louise Candlish's The Sudden Departure of the Frasers, explores the pressures boiling behind the front door, and the way material possessions can suffocate relationships.

Having time at home, after being made redundant, Christy starts to dig into the mysterious disappearance of the previous owners, Amber and Jeremy Fraser. Leaving in a hurry, with no forwarding address and a home only recently renovated, the mystery draws Christy into an obsession that she can't shake off. Things are never as they seem even the person sitting next to you in bed may not be who you think they are. This desire eats away at Christy, taking over her life.

The Sudden Departure of the Frasers is a long novel but I didn't notice the length as Candlish lures the reader into the story. This is a book you can't put down because the plot line is intriguing and tense - there is something sinister lingering behind the front doors of Lime Park Road. There are hints of Madame Bovary and Desperate Housewives so if you like both of those then you will also like this book.

Mystery and tension simmer through out this book. Told through the perspectives of both Amber and Christy, the reader seems two opposite characters as they try to find a way of fitting in with the local community. Both are unreliable narrators with anxiety, suspicion, isolation and jealousy rip through the lives of both protagonists. Secrets and lies are stretch the limits of friendships and relationships. Lime Park Road will never be the same again.

The Sudden Departure of the Frasers shows that the dream house doesn't equally mean a happy ending. This is a great read, and you will get sucked into the lives of the Frasers' and Davenports' as they battle to try to save everything they hold dear.

You can buy The Sudden Departure of the Frasers from your favourite bookshop.

I was kindly sent a copy by the Curtis Brown Book Club.

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