Book Review: The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet

January 28, 2019 Book review 4 ★★★

Doesn’t a house swap sound like a perfect premise for a thriller? Well that’s what I thought and my mind immediately started speculating what might happen in The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet. I love when a title draws me in like that.

Thanks to Random House UK for giving me for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.

Book Review: The House Swap by Rebecca FleetThe House Swap by Rebecca Fleet
Published by Random House UK on 29 Nov 2018
Genres: Psychological, Suspense, Thriller
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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three-stars

No one lives this way unless they want to hide something.’

When Caroline and Francis receive an offer to house swap, they jump at the chance for a week away from home. After the difficulties of the past few years, they’ve worked hard to rebuild their marriage for their son’s sake; now they want to reconnect as a couple.

On arrival, they find a house that is stark and sinister in its emptiness – it’s hard to imagine what kind of person lives here. Then, gradually, Caroline begins to uncover some signs of life – signs of her life. The flowers in the bathroom or the music in the CD player might seem innocent to her husband but to her they are anything but. It seems the person they have swapped with is someone she used to know; someone she’s desperate to leave in her past.

But that person is now in her home – and they want to make sure she’ll never forget . . .

ARC REVIEW CRIME Mystery suspense

First Line of The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet

The key slides and turns in the lock, smooth and slippery as a silverfish.”

My Thoughts on The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet

I feel like it took me way too long to get invested in this book. The premise of a sinister house swap where all is not as it seems is cool, and I loved that aspect.  Home is where I truly relax, so the idea of letting strangers in already scares me. But if the characters have deep secrets, well you are asking for trouble! The setting screams tension, and I puzzled and puzzled over just what was going on.

However the main character annoyed me, as I just didn’t like her moral standards. Yes I had my judgey face on, but I don’t appreciate the choices she made, and they made me not like her.  I will say that I feel this meant that the author nailed her character, as I believed she was real, and she frustrated me.

In the end, I did like the way the tension mounted and the climax was very satisfying.

So overall I liked it, and was glad I read it.
Rating Report
Characters
three-stars
Setting
four-stars
Pace
three-stars
Did I feel it?
three-stars
Overall: three-stars

Who should read The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet?

Recommended if you like domestic style grit-lits, especially if you enjoy blurred lines between liking a character and approving of their choices. Fans of Shalini Boland, Jo Spain and Louise Candish might also enjoy.

three-stars

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4 Responses to “Book Review: The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet”

  1. Rita @ View From the Books

    Ah, too bad this didn’t hit all the marks for you. It sounds like it could be awesome, and has a different plot twist than many out there, but sometimes we just can’t get behind a MC and it gets annoying. This might be a book I’ll pick up in the library for a quick read, but if I don’t it won’t bother me. Thanks for a good review. Nice to see you posting here more– missed ya 🙂

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