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One big unhappy family. One last family party.

Things Stella and George have had blazing rows about:

  • Misquoting Jurassic Park.
  • Leaving a coke can on the side of the bath.
  • Fitting car seats for their hypothetical kids.

In other news: they’re getting divorced.

But first Stella’s mum is throwing a murder mystery party and – with her dad losing his job, her mum’s recent diagnosis, and some very odd behaviour from her sister – now is not the time to tell everyone.

All Stella and George have to do is make it through the day without their break-up being discovered – though it will soon turn out they’re not the only ones in this family with secrets…

‘Part Fleabag, part Agatha Christie, Like a House on Fire is everything I love in a book. A sharply observed study of relationships packed with subtle wit, I was hooked from page one. Bravo Caroline, what a triumph!’
Jose Silver, author of One Day in December

‘Painfully astute and brilliantly funny, Like A House On Fire is a triumph of a novel. I loved it.’
Beth O’Leary, author of The Flatshare

‘I loved Caroline Hulse’s first novel, The Adults, so much, and I love her second book EVEN MORE. Like A House On Fire is hilarious and brilliant and clever in that way only Caroline knows how to be. The story is so compelling, I couldn’t put it down, and the writing is so fresh and relatable. Highly, highly recommend!’
Lucy Vine, author of Hot Mess

‘Caroline Hulse is a very funny writer and a wonderfully compassionate observer of human frailty’
Kate Eberlen, author of Miss You

‘I so enjoyed Like a House on Fire. Astutely observed and brilliantly funny.’
Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go

‘… l loved (it) — funny and sad and relatable and deeply human.’
Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange

‘Absolutely loved Like a House on Fire. A proper delight.’
Richard Roper, author of Something to Live For

‘Witty, whip-smart and wincingly observant, pure entertainment from start to finish. A Caroline Hulse book is a reading highlight of my year.’
Cathy Bramley, author of The Lemon Tree Cafe

‘Sheer delight from start to finish.’
Lesley Kara, author of The Rumour

‘I could not put Like a House on Fire down. Funny, moving and astute. A triumph!’
Nicola Mostyn, author of The Love Delusion

‘A total joy from start to finish, Like A House on Fire is a treat to savour. Caroline’s perceptive, warm and witty characterisation brings this book to life – readers will all recognise (with affection) someone within its pages. I absolutely loved it and can’t wait to read Caroline’s next book.’
Charlotte Duckworth, author of Unfollow Me

‘An engaging domestic drama with well-drawn characters.’

‘a wonderful tale of how we hang onto childhood roles well into adulthood, nursing old grudges to continue patterns of behaviour when they should be well past their sell-by-date. Some of the one-liners had me howling with laughter and the characterisation is bang on once again — even Goldie the dog has a fully-formed personality. Fabulous.’
Sarah Lawrence, The Daily Mail

‘Plans immediately go awry in this charming, breezy comedy of manners. A joy’
Eithne Farry, Mail on Sunday

‘A quirky comedy full of black humour and endearing characters.’
Sunday Mirror

‘A riveting read that shows the lengths people will go to keep up appearances, this will reel you in and keep you hooked.’
Shereen Low, Heat

‘Hulse astutely taps into the underlying tensions of family life with a cast of characters who are contrary and compassionate in equal measure as the plot moves from the madcap to the melancholy. A deliciously dark comedy of manners.’
The Daily Express

‘A fantastic, moving and hilarious novel about family life, heartbreak, and the right and wrong kids of crisps.’
Sophie Hannah

‘Relatable characters and a relationship I was rooting for. Another cracker.’
Sarah Turner

‘When it comes to personal relationships, Caroline Hulse dares to show us what we humans are really like. Her sparkling dialogue, astute observations and gloriously irreverent humour make Like A House On Fire a joyously wicked read that will cheer you up no end. A genuine tonic. So clever, so funny and so refreshingly different. I loved it.’
Ruth Jones