Thank you so much Penguin Random House UK and Pamela Dorman Books for providing my free copy of THE HOUSE SWAP by Rebecca Fleet – all opinions are my own.
When Caroline and Francis receive an offer to house swap–from their city apartment to a house in a leafy, upscale London suburb–they jump at the chance for a week away from home, their son, and the tensions that have pushed their marriage to the brink. As the couple settles in, the old problems that permeate their marriage–his unhealthy behaviors, her indiscretions–start bubbling to the surface. But while they attempt to mend their relationship, their neighbor, an intense young woman, is showing a little too much interest in their activities. Meanwhile, Caroline slowly begins to uncover some signs of life in the stark house–signs of her life. The flowers in the bathroom or the music might seem innocent to anyone else–but to her they are clues. It seems the person they have swapped with is someone who knows her, someone who knows the secrets she’s desperate to forget. . . .
This is a slow burn, suspenseful debut that I really enjoyed. Caroline and Francis want a budget-friendly, much needed getaway to help repair their troubled marriage, so they decide to book a week away through a house swap service. Shortly after they arrive at their vacation destination, Caroline starts to notice small signs from her past all around the house.
The story is told in two timelines, between the past and present, and mostly from Caroline’s perspective, with plenty of mystery, lies, and marital indiscretions. THE HOUSE SWAP is very well-written with secrets that unfold throughout and a great twist near the end. And who doesn’t love a good unknown narrator?!! I highly recommend this book to readers who love domestic suspense with plenty of marital drama and a very intriguing plot!
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars!
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