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

By r brassington, May 2 2016 11:15PM

Intricate lives, destructive secrets



This sums up an intricately detailed slice of suburbia from Louise Candlish. There’s a house, the bedrock of the story, a sublime interior-designed piece of heaven that reeks of money. The previous owners, Jeremy and Amber, have sold up and left in a hurry, but why? This is what new owners Christy and Joe are dying to find out. Christy especially.


Embarking on her own investigation, she finds the street less than welcoming. Told from both Christy and Amber’s viewpoints, we get a clever mix of knowing-and-not-knowing, as the reader is let in on the secret while Christy is left trying to figure it out on her own.


What really got me about this book was the descriptions. I feel like I have visited this house, met these people. Although this book did not go where I thought it was going to, I was surprised at my own strong feelings towards the characters.


These people might seem like they have it all, but it’s rarely as simple as that. A fantastic read.

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