The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet

The House Swap

Rebecca Fleet

A couple accepts a house swap and moves to an upscale London suburb. However, the person they have swapped with knows secrets they are desperate to forget.

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"A fantastic thriller--dead-on domestic noir, full of tension and surprises. I loved it." -Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Line

She may not know exactly who is in her house. But she knows why they are there. Be careful who you let in…

A house swap becomes the eerie backdrop to a crumbling marriage, a long-buried affair, and the fatal consequences that unfold

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. . . .

Be careful who you let in. . .

Advance Galley Reviews

The House Swap takes us up close into the marriage of Caroline and Francis, and, by extension, into their lives. The novel is written in dual timelines, in December 2012 while Caroline’s affair is on, and in May 2015, long after the affair is over when Caroline and Francis are trying to rebuild their marriage at the house they have been assigned in the house swap. Interspersed with these accounts of Caroline are the first person present tense PoVs of Francis, at both timelines, and the present tense PoV of the stranger who has swapped houses with Caroline, in the present day. I found the concept of a house swap very intriguing. I don’t think I’d ever be capable of letting a stranger live in my home, while I wasn’t around. Not even if it was truly magazine-worthy, and not the messy, cluttered place it is. The language is poetic and figurative. I was pleasantly surprised to find anything like it in a thriller. None of the characters really stood out for me, except for Carl. He seems to be more in control of his emotions than any of the others. Nearly all the characters are flawed and deeply complicated, twisted in ways that are hard for us to comprehend. Francis was the strangest of the lot. He is a therapist, who occasionally counsels couples, and yet he can’t seem to make sense out of his own life. I wasn’t wholly satisfied with the resolution of the mystery here, which was no more than a 3-star for me. The third star is for the author’s prose. Read full and detailed review at

Married couple, Caroline and Francis accept an offer to swap houses with an unknown person online. Their marriage is on the rocks so some time away in a different environment seems like a good way to get things back on track. It doesn’t take too much time for the habits to follow them into this new home and soon strange things make them wonder who exactly they swapped houses with. I’ll start by saying that this book went in an entirely different direction that I thought it would go. I thought it would be more of a psychological thriller, but there isn’t a huge feeling of suspense. The story alternates between a present and, 2 year earlier timeline and seems to be leading up to something, but “the reveal,” while unexpected, was more of a, “oh” than a “OMG!” It just seemed like overkill compared to the rest of the plot, and I don’t know if it made a lot of sense. The characters were “meh” and somewhat cliched and I don’t think I cared a lot about what happened to them. I did feel for the couples son though. Overall a decent read with enough substance to keep me entertained, but not one that I think I’ll remember the details of in a month.

I did not find this book overly slow as some other readers did. For this kind of writing the pacing seemed just perfect. What hindered my progress, especially during the first half, was that the story was so utterly depressing. The storyline seemed to overly concentrate on the infidelity and on Caroline herself. The rest seemed a bit too shallow. Francis is portrayed just as a depressed addict through most of the book, Christ as an almost one-dimensional lover. The child is mostly just given a bath or listening to a bedtime story. I wish there would have been more about the husband's addiction, his depression, at least hint some reasons behind it or more about the way to the recovery. I was surprised by the ending, didn't expect it. The motivation for Chris's behavior in the final twist seemed unrealistic to me though. Thank you for the advanced free copy!

There are just some books that immediately you think: "this NEEDS to be a movie." This book was creepy -- kept me on the edge of my seat, and was completely heartbreaking. I loved it.

This was an interesting read. I had trouble getting into it at first but then it got all twisty and delicious and I wound up enjoying it.

House Swap started out kind of slow. But there was just enough character buildup to help me power through the beginning. As I got further into the book it was intriguing with little twists and snippets of the breakdown of the marriage and the troubles Caroline and Francis indured. By the end of the book I was totally hooked into the plot, the characters, and how they delt with the Big Twist in the end. I ended up really enjoying the book.

A slow- burn mystery. This book took a long winding path of revealing simple clues throughout. There was nothing gigantically shocking but a slow slide into intense drama. I think the story did a great job showing a marriage falling apart. How perceived wrongs and being on the wrong page causes tension and bigger problems room to move in. I think couples can relate to Caroline and Francis and how the child is one of the major glues holding them together during some of the rough patches.

A nice slow-burning debut. If you're looking for a lot of action, this isn't it. This book doesn't seem very concerned with shocking the reader, just meandering along and letting the secrets come out tantalizingly slowly. It's a look inside a marriage that has been on the verge of failing for some time. Addiction and indiscretions from both sides. Caroline and Francis have both wronged each other, but they're trying to make things work out... joined by the love of their son and the memories of the fierce love they once shared. Looks into their past show the reader exactly how they got here. Feeling that some time away might help them heal and reconnect, Caroline jumps on an opportunity to house swap with a stranger. It's an inexpensive way to get a little vacation, even if the idea of allowing someone into your personal space while you invade theirs miles and miles away is a little odd. It isn't long before Caroline starts noticing strange little touches in the weirdly barren house that will be their home for a week... a photo here, some particular flowers here... they just keep coming. They send her mind straight back to her past, to things she's been trying to move on from. Almost like they've been carefully planned and placed by the only other person who knows the meaning they hold... her old lover. I wish Chris hadn't been portrayed as so entirely perfect in the past with so much focus on their love life, and the child Caroline and Francis share seemed almost like a footnote. It felt like he was just there to give a solid reason for the characters to want to work things out. Neither is portrayed as a very attentive parent in the past, but then again they both have some sort of addiction that keeps them from their son. There is definitely some suspense, and the book managed to surprise me more than once. I would recommend it to fans of slow-burning domestic suspense and give it a 3.5 out of 5. I'm interested to see what else the author comes up with! I received a copy of this book from Penguin's First to Read program, thank you! My opinion is honest and unbiased

I have mixed feelings about The House Swap, yet I enjoyed it overall. The beginning started out slow but I enjoyed the twist towards the end. I would not consider this a must read, but it was entertaining nonetheless.

I had a lot of trouble in the beginning getting into this book. I was annoyed by most of the characters. The first 50% or so of the book was just meh. Then there was a twist...and my First to Read copy expired. Right when I was thinking it might be getting interesting. I'll have to give it another go when I can get my hands on another copy because it might have ended in an interesting way.

I've seen the concept of "House Swaps" in movies and its a decent idea. Requires a lot of trust though. I don't know if I could do it. Entrust your house to someone else, and entrust your life and go stay in someone else's house in a destination of your choice. Swap houses; essentially swap lives. Maybe its not such a good idea. Caro and Francis take the bait in House Swap and it isn't quite the getaway they are hoping for. Told in alternating timelines and with flashes from an alternate, unknown voice. The pacing is very slow throughout the majority of the book. When it picks up about 65% of the way through, things happen quickly and are very interesting. The ending also was redeeming. Thank you for allowing me to gain early access to this book.

I really enjoyed this psychological thriller about a couple that decides to do a house swap with the hope that they could rekindle their marriage a week away from home. They never thought the past they were trying to escape would follow them there to torture them. I like the 3 narrators telling different parts of the story from their point of view. There's Caroline, the wife, and Francis, the husband, but you'll never guess who the third narrator is. It has

From the beginning, this story gave me the feeling that something quite mysterious was behind it all. Turns out I wasn't mistaken. There was a point in the story when it gets a bit boring, but after that there comes a series of plot twists that build up some big expectations for the conclusion. Well, I must say it wasn't the grand finale I was expecting, but it was still good enough for me.

Though this psychological thriller got off to a slow start, the promise of suspense kept me going. The concept was intriguing and the story delivered on it's promise of a tangled web, including marital indiscretion, addiction, and other twists. The characters were hard to like and connect with at first, but that seems like a common factor within the thriller genre. I'm glad I hung on to the story, because it delivered a nice slow-burn of suspense and mystery.

The actual storyline of this book was a great tale. I feel like the telling of it was very confusing... but in a good way. The romance between Caroline and Carl makes you both want to be her and hate the main character. I wanted badly to not like her for having an affair, yet her husband really was inattentive and a drug addict. The person I felt most sorry for was poor little Eddie, their son. This story is full of twists and turns and I will have to say that you are never going to guess where the author is heading until she gets there. Great job Rebecca Flat. I think I will have my book club read this one! Thanks to Penguin for an advanced copy of this great book.

The idea of the title "House Swap" was intriguing. I was looking forward to reading it, but it started out a little slow and I had trouble connecting with Caroline and Francis. I did hang in though and about half way through the book it got more interesting. I did enjoy the book and would give it a "give it a try" rating.

To enjoy this book, I would recommend letting go of the label "thriller". There are so many fast-paced thrillers full of suspense, and it would be disappointing to read this book expecting a lot of twists and suspense, because very little happens, and very little is surprising. It succeeds at giving an inside view of a marriage in trouble and an affair that never quite ends, but it is more of a women's fiction or family drama book. Those are not genres I gravitate toward, but if it were marketed that way, it might find readers who appreciate it more than the audience looking for suspense and thriller books.

Summary: It’s been a long couple of years for Francis and Caroline. Each one has a part to play in the demise of their marriage. To see if they can reconnect, they decided to do a house swap for a week. Their son, Eddie, is with Caroline’s mother and they have seven days just for them. The past, though, doesn’t always stay where it belongs. Odd things are popping up around the new house, and Caroline is getting odd messages. Could it be that she gave too much access to someone that doesn’t want to be forgotten? My thoughts: I have to admit, this book couldn’t hold my interest. I ended up setting it aside way too often (I finished four books while trying to read this one). Maybe it’s just me. Caroline was not a likable character. I found her selfish and self serving, spoiled, and combative. Francis, on the other hand, either tried to hard or didn’t try at all. There was no in between. Amber was alright, I liked her, but she was a bit weak. I never got a good feel for Carl. I think if the side characters had been a bit better developed I might have liked them more. The premise was interesting, but the execution had issues. Flowing from present to past, and from Caroline to Francis to an unknown person got to be a bit much. The writing became choppy… I am not sure if that was purposeful but it did not help build the suspense; so I am thinking it wasn’t. And did I mention I hate Caroline? I need a character I can root for here! I don’t know…. maybe this book just wasn’t for me. For me, it was a two star book. On the adult content, there is a lot of language, sexual content, drugs, alcohol…. you name it. It wasn’t too over the top (some of the sexual content got a little explicit), but I still would not give this to a teen. Let’s give it an eight. I was given an eARC of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review. My Thanks.

Eerie and haunting. I didn't like any of the characters, however, the story could be anyone and happen anywhere. Rebecca Fleet does a superb job of creating the backstory and making the characters believable. Caroline and Francis are realistically flawed and I love that fact. It made them feel more real and human than just characters in a story. The story line was enthralling in the way it went back and forth between the characters. It was hard at times to remember which one I was reading if I put the book down for a period of time. I was able to quickly catch up and figure it out. Such a great read and I will definitely be looking for more from Ms. Fleet.

3 Stars. The idea of “The House Swap” sounds somewhat intriguing right? Instead of taking a regular vacation, you swap houses with a stranger for a week’s time. Going to a different locale, living a different life. Caroline and Francis take the bait. Leaving their flat in England (and their young son Eddie) to go to a townhouse, right outside of London. It’s not something I would do, but hey, let’s give this one a chance, shall we? 2013: Caro and Francis’ relationship is in shambles. Francis has a problem: he is addicted to little blue pills, and therefore has a hard time functioning, leaving Caro to care for their son Eddie, though she has other things on her mind – mainly her own life. Caro cannot control herself: her wants and needs take over. Needless to say, both characters self-destruct in different ways. 2015: As soon as Caroline and Francis arrive at the townhouse, things go awry for Caroline. She begins to find little tokens that remind her of her past. A past that she has never truly gotten over – one that haunts her. Caroline and her husband Francis have been trying to rekindle their romance and reconnect and “this” throws a wrench into everything. Whose house are Caro and Francis staying in? Is it someone Caro knows? What happens thereafter, to Caro, Francis and everyone else involved? It makes your heart go thump, thump, thump, right? Told in two different timelines, from a few different perspectives, this is a novel that starts out extremely slow and stays that way until about 60%. Once it picks up, it definitely grabs your interest and is at times hard to wrap your head around. I would perhaps describe it as domestic drama v. a mystery/suspense. While some parts of the book are a bit far-fetched, I did end up liking it. The character of Eddie was, by far, my favorite. The premise for “The House Swap,” is very cool and I think a lot of people will enjoy this intriguing read. This was a Traveling Sister Read which included Brenda, Norma, Kaceey and Mackenzie. The discussion was fantastic and it made the read so fun. Thanks sisters! For full Traveling Sister Group reviews, please see Brenda and Norma’s Amazing Blog: Thank you to First to Read, Penguin Random House and Rebecca Fleet for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Published on Goodreads and First to Read on 5.16.18.

Categorize under "desolate thriller." The kind where the protagonists are so unlikeable, and where their lives are so bleak, that a tense situation seems like the only possible thing that could happen to them. This book strikes the right balance. The situation is eerie, but you're not invested in the characters. You read to find out the mystery (and it's not easily solved), but really, all of the characters have it coming to them. Not a book I loved while reading, but one that has certainly stuck with me, so I would call it a success.

The House Swap was so much more than anticipated. At first you're drawn into the back and forth in time aspect of each chapter, trying to imagine how to fill in the blanks...where this marital dysfunction, this addiction, this affair, this intensity leads. Caroline's attraction for a co-worker, Carl, has developed over time, the possibilities opening for her as her husband, Francis, sinks deeper into a prescription pill addiction. The deeper he sinks, the further she falls, until she finally reaches the point that she tells Francis she is finished with him and with their marriage and that she will be taking their son and leaving. Passion is clearly there for Caroline and Carl, but their love has never been spoken. And one fateful night, Caroline and Carl are wrenched apart brutally and irrevocably. Through nightmares and pain, Caroline returns to Francis but the truth of that one night remains held tightly within. Then, an invitation to house swap, what sounds like a wonderful breath of fresh air to the couple, is taken. But nothing about this arrangement is wonderful. In fact, it leaves nothing but questions and doubts and to past connections you can't see coming. The author presents an emotionally taunt marriage, an all-consuming affair, and a surprising but perfectly relatable ending.

I was not thrilled with this book. I couldn't get into it. Was not for me.

I liked this book, but not as much as I have others in this genre. I did feel like the story kept my attention but it wasn't so good that I couldn't put it down. I was surprised several times at the twists the plot took, but near the end, I figured out what was going on. I don't know that I'd choose the book again, but I did read it through to completion.

I enjoyed this book but it seemed to be more family drama/women's fiction than thriller/suspense. It didn't keep me on the edge of my seat waiting for what would happen next. It wasn't that type of story. Interesting premise, and I enjoyed the story. But I'm not sure I would call this a thriller. it definitely plays on the new trend to house swap with services like airbnb. Good book...just not what I expected.

Rebecca Fleet’s debut, The House Swap is a slow burning tale of domestic suspense. Most of this book is told through Caroline’s perspective, alternating between Home (before) and Away (now), with a few chapters from other point of views interspersed sporadically. This structure worked well to develop the story from multiple angles and also to keep the reader always wanting just a little bit more. The writing style helped to set a tense tone that drew out the suspense and kept an edge of unease about it. I don’t want to say too much about the plot itself so as to avoid spoilers, but I will say that it was well planned. Although I wouldn’t call The House Swap a fast paced novel by any means, it did unravel at a consistent clip with just a hint of urgency to unveil its secrets. The characters themselves were not necessarily likable but were complex enough to understand the reasons behind their actions, and in the end displayed some nice growth. The House Swap really is quite well done for a debut, and I look forward to seeing what Fleet will do next. Recommended for fans of slow burn suspenseful drama.

Unfortunately this book wasn’t for me. I tried several times to read this but I just couldn’t get into it.

I'm not really sure how I feel about this book. I don't think it's successful as a thriller, but I don't necessarily think it's a "bad" book. I was intrigued for the first third of the book and then my interest started to wane. I actually feel like this would have been better without the thriller element as it would have allowed the writer to delve deeper into the psyches of her characters. The ending was unexpected, but the journey to the end was not as interesting.

I loved this book. There were a lot of twists and turns, and each time I thought I knew what was going on, the author threw something new into the mix.

I feel there wasn’t much suspense and not a lot happened for a book that is supposed to be a thriller. Was overall disappointed with this book.

Sorry but to me, The House Swap was Meh. I didn’t enjoy it because it was marketed as psychological suspense, and it wasn’t even a thriller or domestic noir. I’m not a fan of romance novels so maybe it will appeal to other readers who enjoy that genre. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to read this book before the publication date of May 22, 2018.

I wasn't sure about this one at first - it built VERY slowly and frankly the characters are all somewhat distasteful (or at least their actions are)... A lot of the time, that turns me off - I need someone to cheer for/believe in/care about to connect to a story. I was intrigued by the house swap concept though, and to see where on earth all of the hot messes of the characters were going to lead things, and that proved to be just enough to keep me engaged until things picked up. In fact, ultimately I found that slow build to be one of the book's strengths, because it allowed for/provided more character analysis than psychological thrillers usually offer. I also enjoyed the back-and-forth perspectives, probably because the author has a very clear and straightforward writing style and it meant I didn't have to spend too much time in any one character's head. Sometimes that style falls flat or renders the story uneven, particularly if the characters don't all have comparably compelling voices. I think it worked here because each character brought a unique perspective to the table - they were all equally culpable, damaged, and struggling to get through each day (often literally), and it was interesting to see how their stories lined up (or didn't). Once the reveals started coming, I was flipping pages at twice the rate I had been early on, and in the end I enjoyed the read much more than I anticipated. I would definitely look for more from Rebecca Fleet. I think that, as long as you go in understanding that it's not a thrill-a-minute thriller - it's a gas leak, not a brushfire - this is a very compelling tale of consequences, secrets, and the things we do for (and to) the people we love...

Good read with plenty of plot twists. Flip-flop of perspectives keeps the action moving; although, by the end, we are no longer privy to Francis' thoughts. Definitely worth the time involved. Melissa Ocala, FL

I really wanted to like this book. It was really hard for me to get into. The flow and writing style is easy to read. It felt like the story was moving slow.

I was really intrigued by the description of this book and while I did enjoy it, it just didn't keep me on the edge of my seat like I hoped. I think it had the potential to get really intense but it kind of fell flat. It was a good story overall, just not as much of a thriller as I usually like.

A psychological thriller about a house swap in England. Caroline and her husband just want to get away to reconnect but it seems whoever arranged the house swap wants to remind them of their past. The book had some great twists and interesting characters but it lacked in action for me. Nevertheless, a solid debut.

I enjoyed this book. It was a slow-burn kind of thriller, where you were given little bits of information at a time to fit the story together. The ending was fitting, but sad. A good read overall.

The House Swap plays on the trendy idea of sites such as Airbnb and Home Exchange. Anyone with a healthy sense of fear of strangers will cringe at many moments in this book. For example, everyone knows that attics are creepy, right?! The end result is a family drama that drips with suspense. I finished it in less than 24 hours, and look forward to reading more by Rebecca Fleet!

The summary made the book sound really interesting. However, once I started reading it, I found it didn't capture and hold my attention. For that reason, I didn't finish reading.

I had a little trouble getting into the book BUT, keep reading. This is a good read, I thought I "solved" it, but NOPE curve ball.

Wow, did this book have me on the edge of my seat the ENTIRE TIME. So much tension in this book - a marriage in shambles, addictions of the physical and mental kind, suspicious neighbors, and a house full of devastating clues of an affair that had deadly consequences ... I found myself flipping pages at a rapid speed, watching these clues and secrets unfold. Caroline and Francis swap houses in what seems to be an innocent week away to try to rekindle a very strained marriage. The narrative flips back from Caroline's past and future, with a bit of Francis injected thoughout, as well as this mysterious person they've swapped houses with. Things. Get. Weird. I felt myself having some heart palpitations at different points of the story and jumping at noises in my house as I was reading alone at night! What an awesome movie this would make. Somehow this house is connected to her, and little snippets of a past life keep peeking through and they totally freak Caroline out and totally freaked me out as well! I cannot imagine going though such paranoia, but I also can't help but thinking Caroline made her bed, and now she has to lie in it. It's always safe to assume that when you hold on to such horrible secrets, eventually, no matter how hard you try to forget them, they'll be revealed when you least expect it - and in the most freakingly intense ways! And that just makes this book all the better. Edge of my seat might be an understatement - I was totally entranced by this book and I enjoyed the suspense very much.

The House Swap was a very intriguing thriller! It wasn’t fast paced, which is normally how I like my thrillers, but it was still really good. You never know who to trust!! It started off kind of slow, but then I couldn’t put it down. The writer has a way of drawing people in. I would recommend this book.

This book was frustrating in the way that it built up and made it seem like the swap because of someone else and then led to someone different. Usually there is an equal resolution, but not in this book. This resulted in the book falling flat for me. I definitely think the writer has her own unique writing style,but this book was just not a win for me. Thanks for the ARC, First to Read.

I have nothing positive to say about this novel and would not recommend it to anyone.

An interesting premise, with a house swap between two strangers. However, the big reveal ended up being a little flat after so much build up. Also what could have been a more interesting aspect of the story (why was Francis on drugs?) was glossed over and never explored.

The story of Caroline and Francis shifts between 2013, when she was having an affair while he sat at home taking too many prescription pills, and 2015, when they spend a week house swapping in order to reinforce the tenuous connections of their marriage. Caroline finds small reminders of her affair throughout the home they stay in – flowers on the windowsill, her lover's aftershave, photos of a place they used to meet. These tokens bring back memories of both passion and guilt, as she doggedly tries to keep this from ruining their week away. The depth of Caroline's guilt, the oddly friendly neighbor, and the question of who is really staying in Caroline's home lend a sinister air to the proceedings. Later on, the author does try to surprise us, but you won't find the shock and awe of a Gillian Flynn twist in this book. There's not a lot of action in this novel, but curiosity will keep your pages turning. I could have used a bit more character development—is Caroline anything more than a wandering eye set in a pretty face? Why is Francis so dependent on this medication? Other readers have taken issue with the fact that most of the characters in this book are unsympathetic. The human condition is mostly selfish and self-motivated, so in this fact the writing rings true for me. Ultimately the reader is left unsure if Caroline and Francis are going to make it. They certainly still seem to love each other, but will love be enough? Thanks to Penguin Books for a First to Read digital galley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Thanks to Penguin's First to Read for an advance copy. This was a solid 3.5 stars. In the middle, there was one good twist. I wanted to keep reading to find out where it all led to, but it was pretty predictable. Slightly disappointed in the end.

I don't know why I keep reading these Girl on the Train ripoffs when I didn't really like the original. I will say that if you liked that book, you'll probably like this one too. It has the same delayed reveal of past events, the same middle class white Englishwomen wringing their hands about infidelity and substance abuse in minute detail, and the same bland character development. It's a quick read but it doesn't add up to much - I got the feeling the author kept pulling back from the impulse to raise the stakes.

Thank you Penguin Random House for the advanced copy of this book - all opinions are my own. House Swap is a superb slow-burn thriller that kept me glued to the pages and on the edge of my seat the whole way through. Caroline and Francis decide to do a house swap for a quick vacation getaway, where they hope to continue to rebuild their marriage after years of ups and downs. It isn't long before Caroline realizes something is very, very wrong - the house which is otherwise oddly impersonal, is littered with reminders that seem to be aimed at her directly - dragging her back to a memory she has worked so hard to bury. This book ended up being a one-sitting read for me, as I was deeply intrigued with finding out Caroline's secret. I absolutely loved how Rebecca Fleet peeled back layers of the story with tantalizing slowness, moving from past to present, and sharing perspectives from different characters, only revealing small glimpses of the twists at a time. It hooked me in completely, as I continued to lodge my guesses as to what was coming next - and I was always wrong. I also adored the characters, as I have been drawn to books with deeply flawed characters lately, and this story scratches that itch perfectly. Every character in this book is multi-faceted with their own complex issues and secrets, and they all resonated as very human. I found myself simultaneously rooting for them and loathing them, which is a mark of an excellently crafted story for me. Overall I enjoyed this book immensely - the twists just kept coming. I look forward to sharing this book with my book club, as this will be a terrific book for discussion!

Francis and Caroline receive an offer to swap houses; they currently live in an apartment and will spend a week in an upscale London suburb. Their problems follow them there, though, and their attempts to mend their relationship are hindered by a young female neighbor who seems to be somewhat too interested in them. Caroline then begins to notice some things that suggest that the person who owns the house and swapped residences with them perhaps actually knows Caroline and her secrets. Although this book seems to be marketed as a psychological thriller, it doesn’t really have the typical action-packed twists or big surprise ending. I believe it is a bit more of a slow-paced domestic drama/light suspense novel. The story moves along slowly, definitely not at the fast pace of a true thriller. The sex scenes were a bit over the top for me—too many and too descriptive. All in all, it’s not a bad book, but there are much more riveting ones out there.

I had never heard of this house swap thing until I saw the movie The Holiday with Kate Winslet a few years ago.  Even so, I did not realize this was a real thing people did in real life.  I don't know how other people feel about this, but the idea of a stranger living in my house while I am not there, or even while I am there, is a bit creepy to me.  This book has not helped in warming me up to this idea.?Caroline and Francis have had a rough couple of years, what with his pill addiction and her affair, but they are finally ready to try to recover and repair their marriage.  Wanting to get away on a vacation to reconnect Caroline locates a house swap opportunity for them, so they leave their son with her mother and hit the road.?Once they arrive at the house they find it oddly sparse, like a model home.  As time goes on Caroline begins to notice odd things around the house, the neighbor that somehow reminds her of herself and begins to suspects that things may not be as they seem.  Who has she let into their house and what do they want??The House Swap is a slow burning thriller told in dual time-line fashion.  As I have said before, I really enjoy these dual time-line stories because they have a way of slowly peeling back the story and can really show you the true nature of the character.?The story is told mainly though the perspective of Caroline though there are a few sections where we see Francis' perspective as well as that of the person staying in their house?I must admit in reading the first part of this book I was a little bored, but once it got going I was hooked!  I wanted to know who is that house?!?  I was stumped until the end, the mark of a good mystery.  I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys creepy domestic thrillers.?Thank you to Penguin First to Read of this eARC in exchange for my honest opinion. ?? ?? ?? 1/2

It took me a while to get into this book. I don't think it's fair to call it a thriller-it's more of a drama. The plot was unique, though, and I really liked the second half of the book. The emotions were powerful and written so well. I wish the first half was a little shorter, but overall, it was a good read.

I tried to get into this book, I really did, but ultimately this was a DNF for me. I found the pacing to be too slow and lacking the substance to keep me interested or wanting to keep turning pages. I thought the premise was really intriguing, but poorly executed.

Wow! What a twist! This story is full of surprises! There is so much going on in this story. It is full of great characters. They are imperfect, flawed humans. I kept picking this story back up every time I tried to put it down. I didn't want to stop reading. This story is full of love, loss, death, and struggles. The main character, Caroline, can be relatable and unlikeable. You don't know whether or not to root for her. There's a lot going on in this story. This story is told from different perspectives, in different times, and out of order. I don't have a problem with that. I enjoy it. Sometimes it just helps give something to the story. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.

House Swap devotes quite a bit to a big reveal towards the end, and does a credible job setting up some red herrings in the beginning, but after the reveal, some things make much less sense. How could Caroline really be that hung up on remembering her time with Carl that she completely blocks out the hidden secret from her past? Why wouldn't she rush home the minute she realizes that she is the target and that someone wishes her ill, especially knowing her mother and son are so close? Why wouldn't the person behind this just rent a house solely for this purpose in order to set the stage perfectly and not risk personal discovery? Francis is also a very difficult character, though, I guess a manic depressive, recovering addict, therapist is a tall order. How he and Caroline can bounce from being so checked out to being so invested is tricky to grasp; as well as how Eddie can be at all functional or happy with them for parents. Overall, a fun ride if you don't think about it too much.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I found it to be a thriller with a rather unsatisfying outcome for me. Several times while reading it I wanted to just put it down and walk away and indeed kept track of every page yet to be read until the end. I’m not certain if that was because I was afraid to have the ruse up or because I was thoroughly enthralled with the story and writing. It was difficult at first to get used to who the characters were and what the timeline was and I’m sure this contributed to my sense of frustration and confusion initially. I did find that my persistence was rewarded in the end, but still did not find that the ending was what I felt any of the characters truly deserved.

Oh my....I didn’t know who I liked and didn’t like in this gem of a thriller. I was alternately mad at Caroline, Francis, Carl and Amber. This book kept me guessing until the very end. It’s a story about the consequences of your actions and how they not only affect your life but the lives of so many others. One stupid decision changed Caroline’s life forever! I loved this book!!

After reading The House Swap, I’m not sure if I’d say I particularly liked it, but I didn’t dislike it either. It moves with a slower pace, and took a little while to get into. None of the characters were particularly likeable, and I wished as I moved thriughoutvthat I’d had more of a backstory on them, especially the husband Francis. The ending was not one I was expecting, and it did catch me by surprise. Thank you to Penguin First Reads for providing me with an advanced copy of this book

I just finished reading The House Swap and It will say it was bittersweet. There was the surprise ending I didn't see coming. As for suspense, it truly was hypnotic. I must say Caroline didn't suffer a worse fate for her deeds. I am not sure who I can recommend the book for, but indeed Fleet is an excellent writer. There were no easy answers and I could easily tell the theme was redemption. I enjoyed reading the book

The House Swap has all the classic ingredients necessary for a great thriller. I would call it a slow burner because of the atmospheric dread that the author built, but it was such a riveting page turner that I finished it in a day. I really wasn't expecting the ultimate ending of this book which was another nice surprise. If you're looking for a unique plot with a lot of suspense this is the book for you.

You think you might know where this story is going, but there is a big unexpected twist. Fun read

What happens when you swap houses with someone from the internet and then find out that they might know more about some of your secrets than you anticipate? Really enjoyed this novel by Rebecca Fleet. I couldn't put it down. A great beach read for the summer!

I got this as a free digital copy from First To Read. I finished this within a day and there were things I liked and disliked about it. The author was good about dropping hints of intrigue that kept me interested and was able to write in flashbacks without it becoming difficult to follow. The characters could have been delved into more, I wanted to know more about each of them. Based on the decision each of them made, its difficult to find sympathy and I was so angry that Caroline just "walked away," it was hard for me to get past it. To a certain audience, this book will appeal greatly. It's not a favorite of mine, nor will I ever re read it but I recommend it as a lazy Sunday read.

I found this book a bit slow and confusing at first. I really had to pay attention to the chapter headings. Once I got more into it, I had a hard time liking and sympathizing with the characters. The story took a turn that made the ending interesting so I’m glad I finished it but I’m not sure I would recommend this book.

This whole story has a dark cloud hanging over it and about every main character. It has some suspense, but I surmised after a few chapters there was far more to the one narrative than meets the eye. And some secrets to unearth. I did feel it was a little long. The husband, Francis, his character could have been fleshed out a little more. The underlying theme is everyone has faults, makes mistakes and deserves second chances. The ending is sad, but believable. The marital strife and the ensuing results of that is believable, too. Caroline's lover's personality is not developed well. You only get to know him on the surface. The ending was wrapped up in a full circle and I appreciated that. This one is hard to recommend as it is depressing, long in some parts and the characters are under developed for such an entangled web of a story. I did like how it all came together at the end and things were explained. Don't expect a fairy tale ending. Enjoy it if you like romance noir.

For me, this book was difficult to get into at first. I had zero sympathy for any character and their actions and wasn’t sure if I wanted to follow the book to the end. I’m glad that I did. The book heads in a direction I wasn’t prepared for and it ends in a stunner. Well worth the read. Stick with it

Thank you to First to Read for an advance digital copy. This book is difficult to review. The mystery woven in the story is quite compelling. But, the story is VERY difficult to follow. I kept having to go to the beginning of the chapter to see which character was speaking. The characters, none of them, are likeable, some are deplorable. Nor are they well developed. All that being said, I had to scurry through the book to see just how it ended. Could have been a great book, but just not there.

Thank you for the free copy of this book. While I was intrigued in the beginning, I found this book extremely hard to get into. I felt like the story was extremely depressing and was frustrated with the characters most of the time. That said, Fleet does a fantastic job of creating real complex characters. She also writes in alternate time periods fantastically and can weave a story together. Even though this book wasn’t for me, I see why it should be popular when it releases.

At first I had a hard time getting into the book but I did reach a point where it grabbed me and I couldn't put it down. The chapters initially confused me, but then I made sure to pay attention to the date and character heading. The story line was interesting and definitely kept me turning the pages. I will definitely be recommending this book for those who like psychological thrillers.

I wasn’t sure how I felt about this book. I was struggling to really like any of the characters. That being said, I can say that it reached a certain point where I couldn’t stop reading because I had to know how it would end. The story is convoluted in that it weaves so many different narrative points of view at once, that are at first confusing but as time progresses becomes easier to grasp. The House Swap is about a couple struggling to redefine their marriage in the face of their not so distant past, while on holiday they are haunted by the secrets they are both keeping. The story vascillates between the past and present. In the past we learn how the couple has wronged each other, culminating in a heartbreaking conclusion. In the present, we are presented with the mystery surrounding the person who owns the house that they’ve swapped with for a week. In addition to the intertwined past and present story telling, the author also presents the reader with chapter told from different view points. I wasn’t sure she could pull it off, but it definitely came together nicely. All in all I really enjoyed it.

This book was great! With all the twists and turns, it kept me turning the page to find out what happened next. It seemed like it was going to be predictable early on but it wasn't at all predictable. I enjoyed the complexity of the characters - each was well developed and interesting with their own secrets. The story unfolded beautifully and the suspense kept me hooked.

This was a great read. At first, I did not like the way it constantly switched voices from Caroline, 2013, then 2015, Francis the same, and a character who is not identified until close to the end of the book. Then, as the story progressed, I found I had a hard time putting it down, and by the time I was about 50 pages from the end, I was almost late to an appointment, because I just had to keep reading. This book keeps one in suspense, but even more, it is deep on so many levels. It explores Caroline's anguish at being torn between two loves, and her feelings of guilt. It also explores the fact that there may never really be a satisfactory answer to such a dilemma, but maybe one choice is less damaging to all involved than the other. This book also explores the topic of addiction and the damage that can cause. I will be looking for any other books by Rebecca Fleet from now on. This appears to be her debut novel. Well done!

The book is told in alternating POV chapters jumping back and forth in time over the course of a couple years: Caroline, at different times, an unidentified person at unidentified points in time, and Francis in the past. Francis and Caroline are a married couple who have decided to do a house swap with someone identified only as "S. Kennedy." The swap is supposed to be a holiday for the couple--an attempt to rebuild their relationship. I'm happy to say that the book kept me intrigued. It wasn't super predictable, and I enjoyed gathering knowledge as I read about the couple and their situation and this mysterious third POV character.

Caroline and Francis are looking forward to an escape from their city apartment to a house in a London suburb after receiving an offer to house swap for a week. They are hoping that some alone time with each other will help their marriage. But a neighbor at the house they are staying at won't seem to leave Caroline alone and the house is full of eerie reminders of a past Caroline is trying to forget. It looks like someone knows Caroline's secrets and there might be a significant price to pay. This book had so much potential but the final product almost feels like a wasted opportunity. As a suspense novel, it just didn't deliver as it dragged on in parts and it never felt like edge of your seat reading because so few characters were introduced as potential suspects. I also thought the character of Francis was never fully developed and would have liked a little more backstory for him. However, I did enjoy the depiction of the marital strain between Caroline and Francis. I think if you go into this book as more of a fiction read rather than suspense you won't be as disappointed. Thank you to First to Read for an advance digital copy! All views expressed are my honest opinion.

I have mixed feelings about this one. I was engaged by the story and curious to see what happened but I don't think I really enjoyed it. I found it kind of the depressing. Caroline and Francis are complex characters, with strengths and flaws, lot of flaws. I did still find myself rooting for them and their marriage but was kind of saddened by the events of the story. Fleet is a good writer though, particularly great at characterization and internal dialogue.

The style of switching between past and present and between different characters seems to be quite popular right now; Fleet does a standard job with this. Though the premise of this physiological thriller is sound, there seems to be a little more development needed in parts, perhaps somethings were lost in the witching back and forth. There was a draw that kept me turning the pages, however, that came in the form of some twists that were well done. I really to like it more than I did.

I enjoyed this book a great deal. Hard to believe that it's writer Rebecca Fleet's debut novel. A really well done psychological thriller. Caroline and Francis do a house swap for a week to try to more fully repair their recovering marriage--Francis was addicted to pills and Caroline had an affair--for the sake of their young son. Unsettling things begin to happen and the neighbor across the street seems unusually interested in the new visitors. The book switches between past and present, and we learn gradually about what has brought Caroline and Francis to this point. We also learn that Caroline hasn't told Francis everything about the past yet....The characters weren't particularly likeable, but the story was well told and had some great twists and turns. Definitely recommended. Looking forward to more from Rebecca Fleet!

It was an interesting premise but I found the constant switching of characters to be somewhat confusing. I would start reading a chapter then go back to see which character was "talking". I found the book to be a bit on the depressing side and don't really feel that I would want to read this again.

Intriguing and fascinating storyline. Addiction, infidelity, consequences of your actions, forgiveness of yourself and others - all this is in this story. The book was easy to read and I wanted to find out who instigated the house swapping. A few twists in the story kept me guessing.

I thought the idea of the book was incredible. However I don’t feel like any of the characters were developed enough and it wasn’t my favorite book. I did enjoy it’s fast pace but would have loved more developed characters that could have helped me get into their world a bit more.

The book has a unique and intriguing premise. I was sucked in from page 1 and didnt want to put it down. Unforunately the book was more depressing then a thriller. The pace moved well but there were way too many heavy topics. I am glad i read it since it did jild my attention and i needed to know how it ended but it is not one i would recommend to my friends to read.

Intriguing premise. Unfortunately the characters were very unlikeable and the whole story was sad and depressing. I was curious enough to see how it ended but I skipped over the pages just to get the gist of the story. The bare bones story was pretty clever, just wish I could have liked one person. Thank you for the opportunity.

I couldn’t get into the story. Each sentence felt like a chore, I do believe THE HOUSE SWAP will engage some readers. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to force myself to keep reading.


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