Book review: Our Holiday by Louise Candlish

Friday, June 21, 2024 Permalink

There was something about Our Holiday by Louise Candlish that reminded me of the very popular (novel and tv series) Big Little Lies. Perhaps it was neighbourhood / school politics playing out similarly in a small coastal community popular with wealthy holiday-makers. There’s certainly a pervading simmering tension present – between parents and their children, couples and families as well as unrest between the locals and the ‘blow-ins’ who’ve snapped up all of the best land and houses and priced permanent residents out of the rental and home-buying market.

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four-stars

Book review: The Only Suspect by Louise Candlish

Thursday, February 9, 2023 Permalink

I enjoyed Louise Candlish’s The Other Passenger, published in 2020. It proved popular, as did Our House, published in 2018 and since made into a four-part miniseries. I missed her 2021/22 book The Heights but happily dove into her latest release, The Only Suspect. Like The Other Passenger, here Candlish offers up a twisty tale with a narrator (well, two in fact) we’re not sure we can trust.

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three-half-stars

Book review: The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish

Monday, June 22, 2020 Permalink

The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish is the type of book that throws in an extra twist, just as you think you have things worked out.

In many ways it felt as if the narrative was ‘finished’ a number of times before it was. I kept looking at how many more pages remained wondering how on earth Candlish would eke the book out further. But… it’s because she takes the story in several directions we don’t expect… though wonder later how we didn’t predict their occurrence.

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four-stars