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The Sudden Departure of the Frasers by Louise Candlish

The Sudden Departure of the Frasers

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June 2015 Book of the Month.

Full of intrigue, this is a story about relationships, deception and trust. Christy and Joe have scrimped and saved to move into their dream home, once owned by Amber and Jeremy Fraser who have sold up without explanation. Two tales are told, from the first moments each couple moved in to Lime Park Road. It almost feels as though we are alongside Christy as she experiences her everyday life, however Amber’s tale is more intimate and complex as we directly hear her thoughts and feelings. The author sends your mind scampering one way and then the other, encouraging you to doubt, to remain uncertain. It isn’t until the last two chapters that answers are in sight, so don’t peek. Although the ultimate question is just what did happen to the Frasers... the more interesting aspects of this story are the relationships on display, both those in plain sight and those deliberately concealed. ~ Liz Robinson

If you like Louise Candlish you might also like to read books by Rowan Coleman, Sophie King and Jodi Picoult.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Hannah Ward - 'A real page turner as you don’t know what you will discover on the next page. This story kept me hooked from beginning till the end.'
  • Janet Gilliard - 'Wow. This is a fantastic read...I found myself racing through the book wanting to see what happens.'
  • Anne Cater - 'This is a subtle mystery that is woven so incredibly well. Louise Candlish adds a hint of terror and darkness to her characters and the plot is engaging and unique.'
  • Ann Alderton - 'A compelling psychological mystery about what motivated a seemingly perfect couple to abandon their exquisite home and disappear.  The reader is teased and tantalised until the final reveal. Stunning.'
  • Cleo Bannister - 'Why did the Frasers leave Lime Grove? Fancy a peak behind some fancy curtains to find out? This book made for compelling reading'
  • Victoria Goldman - 'An enjoyable read that keeps you guessing to the end. However, a slow burner, rather than a fast-paced psychological thriller.'
  • Emma Barton - 'This is a modern, intriguing novel that tells the story of the previous inhabitants of a beautiful new home recently purchased by a young couple.'
  • Helen Treadwell - 'My favourite Louise Candlish novel yet! I was gripped as soon as I started reading this story of secrets and lies.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Totally perfect relaxing holiday read taking a clever look at relationship from a different angle.  Definitely in the ‘chicklit’ genre but in this case, it is not to it’s detriment.'
  • Rachel Bridgeman - 'This is hands down one of the best books I have read this year! You'll want to devour it as you race to discover why the Frasers suddenly left their dream home...'
  • Jennifer Stoddart - 'This is an engrossing read about an idyllic street where two very different women come to live in the same house.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'I loved this book immediately, the mystery is what drives you to finish this book as soon as you can so you can find out why Amber and her husband vanished so suddenly'
  • Fiona Rothery - 'This novel kept my interest as I eagerly a waited the uncovering of the terrible secret that had divided the neighbours and caused the Frasers to disappear.
  • Margaret Madden - 'A fantastic read, that had me ignoring my family for two solid days.'
  • Cherrill Deans - 'Not so much a Whodunnit as a Whytheydunnit.'


The Sudden Departure of the Frasers by Louise Candlish

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...


'Louise Candlish's stories don't shy away from life's more painful and emotional moments' Glamour

'I loved this book. Full of complicated yet sympathetic characters and riven with the kind of dilemmas that characterise real lives. I honestly didn't see the twist coming. Perfect' Jojo Moyes on The Day You Saved my Life

'Tense, twisty and completely addictive, will keep you guessing right until the end...' Good Housekeeping

About the Author

Louise Candlish

Louise Candlish was our Guest Editor in July 2010 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

Louise Candlish studied English at University College London and worked as an editor in art publishing and as a copywriter before writing fiction. Though her stories are about people facing dramatic dilemmas, she tries to live an uncomplicated life in London with her husband and daughter.

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Publication date

21st May 2015


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Penguin Books Ltd


512 pages


Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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