Chris and Elise are a couple who eventually marry and become a family, with daughters Leah and Sophie. They travel around the world due to Chris's job, where every 3-5 or so years they pick up and move to a new place. Singapore. London. And more.
The book follows their story (starting out with a POV from the house Elise grew up in), from the young and in love couple Chris and Elise, to the new parents, to their lives as a foursome family, each time moving to a new place, making new friends, adjusting to a new life. All the while dealing with what most other families deal with: Chris's travels, Elise's eventual restlessness, Leah and Sophie as children and young teenagers.
However, tragedy strikes and the family must deal with the aftermath and the consequences. We follow them after the tragedy and see how they have changed and how they comes to terms with it (or not).
Initially I was totally hooked by reading some of Elise's and her parents'/siblings' backstories via the house she grew up in. I know some books take on unusual narrators (Death in The Book Thief, for example), and I thought it worked quite well here. It was very intriguing. What does a "house" think and feel? And for some reason I was under the impression the house would be doing the narrating (maybe it is), but I wished the author had stuck with that, although it wouldn't have been possible without changing the story quite a bit.
However, towards the end the book really sags. From the house to third person to using the royal "We" was a problem (I didn't care for that change in style to using the "we"), and as there is no real "conflict" there's nothing that really gets resolved. I realize it's the story of a family and often there is no resolution, but it seemed like the author ran out of gas.
But overall it flowed very quickly and well and it was a page turner for me. It's the author's debut and I think I'll keep an eye out for her next work. Worth picking up for an airplane ride.