📚 SYNOPSIS 📚
George and Stella’s marriage is over. They can’t decide exactly when that happened (Was it the coke can? Or that comment about Jurassic Park?), but they both agree that it has.
A couple of months after the separation, Stella’s mother, Margaret “The Force of Nature” Foy sends out invites for her murder mystery anniversary party – with George on the invite list. Stella hasn’t told her parents about the divorce, she couldn’t bring herself to. And with her father’s business shutting down, Margaret’s recent cancer diagnosis, and some very odd behaviour from her older sister Helen, now is clearly not a good time.
All they have to do is make it through the day without their secret being discovered. And in doing so, they may find each other again – or see their past and future both go up in flames…
💭 My Thoughts 💭
Like A House On Fire is a dark humoured look at the dynamics of a family. Margaret, is hosting a murder mystery party for her 40th wedding anniversary. She’s recently been diagnosed with cancer so sees this party as a perfect excuse to get the family together. I loved the added extra of a murder mystery interweaved into the story.
However, as with all families there are hidden secrets. Truths that are being held back, and we all know that the truth always comes out.
I really enjoyed this little family dynamic. It’s easy to relate to a few of what the characters are feeling and going through. I must admit I related more to Helen. Everyone clearly thinks she’s fine but as we delve deeper we see she has some issues she’s dealing with.
There is an underlying theme of sadness, but Hulse injects humour into the narrative and gives the story a balance of joy and sorrow.
Like A House On Fire is a beautifully written story of a family going through the motions. But, are missing the key element of communication.