Published by Pamela Dorman Books on May 22nd 2018
Genres: Adult, Suspense, Thriller
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A hypnotic domestic noir novel in which a house swap becomes the eerie backdrop to a crumbling marriage, a torrid affair, and the fatal consequences that unfold
Be careful who you let in . . .
When Caroline and Francis receive an offer to house swap--from their city flat to a townhouse 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. . . .
** Warning: This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence. **
The House Swap takes us through the story of Caroline and Francis’ marriage that is in turmoil and the events that supposed to be a great holiday. They take the chance with a house swap was a way to help them get away and work on their marriage, but sometimes the problems follow you no matter where you go.
Caroline and Francis’ marriage has been rocky lately. This might be in part to Francis abusing drugs, and Caroline’s affair with a colleague. Their young son is feeling the effects of their strained relationship, so taking the holiday away from it all, is the best option for them to work through some of their issues.
The story flips back and forth from the past to the present, telling a little a time of the problems, the affair, and Francis’ addiction problems. Caroline and Francis are both very flawed, and very self absorbed as well and I wasn’t sure who I was most frustrated with. I was hoping to see some growth from her and Francis too, and there is a little, but I was still kinda sad to see they still had some issues towards the end even with everything they went through while on holiday. Caroline’s telling of the relationship with the other man borderlines on erotic, hence the warning I put. They were some pretty steamy scenes between them.
Now, the house that they swapped for holiday, has a familiar feel to it for Caroline. The creepy thing is, it doens’t appear to very lived in, and the pictures on the walls to the smell the house has sparks memories and feelings for her. A feeling that she won’t ever be able to escape her indiscretion. The fear that the man whom she had the affair with is the one who is now staying in THEIR house, creeps in. As the pieces start to fall in place and add in the gorgeous yet mysterious woman, who seems all too interested in Caroline and lives on the swapped house street, the suspense certainly builds. Who is she, why so mysterious? How did she play in to it all?
What is really going on slowly revealed and the twist that was thrown in was pretty great, and I didn’t see if going that way at all. Despite the few minor issues I had with the characters, the plot itself was great and I ended up enjoy this thriller more than I thought I would when I first started reading. I think fans of suspenseful thrillers will enjoy it too.
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