Cover of The Sudden Departure of the Frasers

I read another book by the same author last year that surprised me with how unexpectedly good its ending and plot resolution was so I picked this up from the library to try another by the same author. There are a lot of similar features between the two stories – they both have double sided narratives, two stories told at different times by two different characters, and figuring out how the two sides are going to mesh together is most of the mystery. And then both books are kind-of estate agency thrillers involving people buying houses in odd circumstances and involve a cast of neighbours who probably know more than they are saying.

I didn’t think this was nearly as good a story as Our House but it was a quick and easy read that entertained me one sunny weekend in the garden. In a way it’s nice to read an older book by an author you enjoyed that doesn’t make you want to go and read all their other older books, and I’ll certainly be trying her newer books anyway.


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