03 June 2020

The House Swap

By Rebecca Fleet
Psychological Thriller

My Review

The House Swap is an excellent debut psychological thriller from author Rebecca Fleet. I wouldn't say the plot is particularly fast-paced but it doesn't drag either — the balance is spot on. For anyone who's a fan of this genre, this novel is certainly worth reading. 

Main characters Caroline and Francis are struggling to patch up their marriage after Caroline's affair with a work colleague has ended and Francis is finally getting his drug addiction under control. Caroline arranges a house swap thinking it'll be good to get away and have some quality time together. But almost immediately she senses something is wrong with the house they're staying in. Someone is watching and waiting. . .

As the story gradually builds, you're taken down a certain route. But just when you think you've got it figured out — WHAM! — everything is turned on its head. I thought the plot although good, wasn't entirely original. However, it was exciting and had a good twist at the end. I really enjoyed it. 

Book Source: Purchased copy
My Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Black Swan (29th Nov 2018) 

The Blurb

‘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 . . .

The Author

Rebecca Fleet lives in London and works in Windsor. Her debut thriller, The House Swap, was published in 2018 to great acclaim. The Second Wife is her eagerly anticipated second thriller.

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