The Swap
“No list of thrillers is complete without Robyn Harding,” proclaims Real Simple. Now the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Party delivers a riveting tale about the toxic relationship between two couples after a night of sexual shenanigans, and the manipulative teenager with an explosive secret at the center of it all.Low Morrison is not your average teen. You could blame her hippie parents or her looming height or her dreary, isolated hometown on an island in the Pacific Northwest. But whatever the reason, Low just doesn’t fit in—and neither does Freya, an ethereal beauty and once-famous social media influencer who now owns the local pottery studio. After signing up for a class, Low quickly falls under Freya’s spell. And Freya, buoyed by Low’s adoration, is compelled to share her darkest secrets and deepest desires. Finally, both feel a sense of belonging...that is, until Jamie walks through the studio door. Desperate for a baby, she and her husband have moved to the island hoping that the healthy environment will result in a pregnancy. Freya and Jamie become fast friends, as do their husbands, leaving Low alone once again. Then one night, after a boozy dinner party, Freya suggests swapping partners. It should have been a harmless fling between consenting adults, one night of debauchery that they would put behind them, but instead, it upends their lives. And provides Low the perfect opportunity to unleash her growing resentment. Robyn Harding brings her acclaimed storytelling, lauded as “fast-paced, thrilling, gut-wrenching” by Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six, to this dark and suspenseful thriller for fans of Megan Miranda and Lisa Jewell.

The Swap Details

TitleThe Swap
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 23rd, 2020
PublisherGallery/Scout Press
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense

The Swap Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    Women’s eternal sisterhood orders them to share everything, including swapping their husbands, right? I hooked you with this sentence, didn’t I?This is an equation with multiple variables.FREYA: is the center, short time actress, long time instagram influencer, blond, petite, cute, sexy.Freya meets with Low( outcast teenage, short for Swallow, yes, she is living with polygamous, hippie family but her name comes from bird, stop blurting out wrong ideas!) Low falls in love with Freya.Freya married Women’s eternal sisterhood orders them to share everything, including swapping their husbands, right? I hooked you with this sentence, didn’t I?This is an equation with multiple variables.FREYA: is the center, short time actress, long time instagram influencer, blond, petite, cute, sexy.Freya meets with Low( outcast teenage, short for Swallow, yes, she is living with polygamous, hippie family but her name comes from bird, stop blurting out wrong ideas!) Low falls in love with Freya.Freya married with ex-hockey star Max. Of course Max loves her wife even though it’s one of the most painful experience to love Freya (you’re gonna understand what I mean during your reading.)Freya befriends Jamie who is trying to get pregnant and lately became a victim of surrogate mother scam, opening a unique antique shop at the island. She attaches with Freya deeper than she thinks.Of course Jamie’s nerd, sci-fi novels author husband Brian is attracted by Freya, She is easy going, friendly, genuine woman, isn’t she?Everybody loves Freya… Everybody worships the ground she walks. If she becomes cult leader, they follow her without thinking a second as her brainwashed admirers.As Freya becomes besties with Jamie, poor Low gets resentful and jealous to be left behind, delivering Freya those magical mushrooms for couples’ gathering night.Two couples are ready to be stoned. (Because Freya told them it would be fun and no one could reject anything she offered, right?) And Jamie gets dizzy and passes out but when she opens her eyes, she finds Max climbs on her. Yes, she is in bed with Freya’s husband and Max tells her Jaime’s husband is also having sex with Freya. Welcome to the swingers’ world!So Jamie climbs out the bed, running out from the room, going downstairs and finding the guest bedroom, stopping her husband before doing anything. NOPE! WRONG SPOILER! She doesn’t do anything to stop Max! And the next day, she thinks it was all dream because everybody acts like nothing has happened. A few days later, she gathers her strength to ask her husband if he had an affair with Freya and he says “no”! She must trust her husband, doesn’t she? But don’t worry, only one person knows the truth. Dear female Joe Goldberg a.k.a Low watched them outside during their special gathering!Maybe the couples can forget everything and move on their lives. But where does Brian really go in the middle of the day? Why is Max’s face and body covered in bruises like he’s been abused? And why Freya keeps her pregnancy secret from Jamie?I’m stopping here not to blurt out more about the secrets, schemes, lies and twists.This book made me going back and forth between 3 and 4 stars. It was mysterious, fast pacing, entertaining! And I like the author’s provocative approach to the marriage institution, infidelity, monogamy. This book questions dangerous territories as like: masochism, unhealthy relationship patterns, violence, abuse, narcissism, infertility, sociopathic behavior, social media voyeurism, obsession.The pacing, the story’s progression, final twists, powerful ending are the strengths of the book.But the characterization really failed me. I couldn’t get why all those people are deeply enchanted with the magic of Freya. I got Low’s crush part because she was young, inexperienced and neglected. She tried to find her place in the world and she struggles with her sexual awakening and her preferences. But those three adults acted like moron from the beginning and they were so easy to manipulate and deceive. I didn’t like any of them. I wanted to roll their hairs and hit their heads to the wall!So at the end: I’m giving 3.5 stars and rounding them up to 4 because the author chose a hard subject and even though her characters deserved to get so many awards for being the worst despicable and brainless literature characters, I still enjoy the writing, thrilling revelations and satisfying ending.I truly loved this book more than Arrangement and I plan to read more works of this author.Special thanks to NetGalley and Gallery/Scout Press for sharing this one of the most anticipated ARCS in exchange my honest review.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter
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  • Dita
    January 1, 1970
    Eeny meeny miny mo, these besauches are crazy, yo...In a contest for most dysfunctional we have Freya, the narcissistic Instablogger, Jamie, who after several disappointing attempts to become a mother has been pushed to the edge, and Swallow or "Low", a gangly 17 year old high school student and budding photographer who obsesses over Freya endlessly all while trying to manage her polyamorous family.I was completely absorbed by this story from the first sentence and barely set this book down unti Eeny meeny miny mo, these besauches are crazy, yo...In a contest for most dysfunctional we have Freya, the narcissistic Instablogger, Jamie, who after several disappointing attempts to become a mother has been pushed to the edge, and Swallow or "Low", a gangly 17 year old high school student and budding photographer who obsesses over Freya endlessly all while trying to manage her polyamorous family.I was completely absorbed by this story from the first sentence and barely set this book down until I finished. One drug induced night of bad decisions and no one's life will ever be the same.This was masterful.Thank you to Robyn Harding, Gallery Books and NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    Guilty PleasureThe Swap is a psychological thriller about obsession, desire, and crazies. Everyone is obsessed with Freya, a beautiful former Instagram influencer, who simply can look at someone and hold them in her thrall. There’s Low, a high school outcast, who after merely catching a glimpse of Freya, becomes instantly obsessed. Then there is Jamie, a woman struggling with infertility, who becomes instant BFF’s with Freya after having coffee. Freya treats both women like garbage, but both rem Guilty PleasureThe Swap is a psychological thriller about obsession, desire, and crazies. Everyone is obsessed with Freya, a beautiful former Instagram influencer, who simply can look at someone and hold them in her thrall. There’s Low, a high school outcast, who after merely catching a glimpse of Freya, becomes instantly obsessed. Then there is Jamie, a woman struggling with infertility, who becomes instant BFF’s with Freya after having coffee. Freya treats both women like garbage, but both remain under her spell until one night of swapping partners mars Freya's perfect persona.The narrative is uneven and told from the POV’s of Low, Brian, Max, and Jamie, all of whom are one or two dimensional at best. I wish this had been told from only Low’s POV; Max, Brian, and Jamie’s chapters didn’t add much, whereas Low added a good dose of crazy. The reader never gets into the mind of Freya. We are told over and over again by Jamie and Low that Freya is beautiful and both women love her and seem to want to be her, but at the same time, Freya’s character never exhibits any behavior that makes her the compelling and charismatic character that she is described as being. This is a messy train wreck that I couldn’t look away from. I had a similar experience with Harding’s The Arrangement, but I enjoyed this book more. This is a fast-paced, easy read that doesn’t require much thought. It lacks the depth and darkness that would have taken it to the next level. Overall, The Swap is mindless entertainment at its best.I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway!
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    Hot damn! This book was fantastic!Take a night out at a friend’s house, mix in some "shrooms and do a little spouse swapping and you have one heck of a mess - an enchanting, toxic, burning down like a house on fire mess. Low Morrison lives on an island off the Pacific Northwest. She lives with her hippie polyamorous parents and younger brothers. She does not quite fit in and for once in her life finds purpose and a connection when she signs up to take pottery classes from Freya. Low soon becomes Hot damn! This book was fantastic!Take a night out at a friend’s house, mix in some "shrooms and do a little spouse swapping and you have one heck of a mess - an enchanting, toxic, burning down like a house on fire mess. Low Morrison lives on an island off the Pacific Northwest. She lives with her hippie polyamorous parents and younger brothers. She does not quite fit in and for once in her life finds purpose and a connection when she signs up to take pottery classes from Freya. Low soon becomes friends with Freya.Freya, the beautiful pottery instructor is married to an ex-hockey player and was once an Instagram influencer. She now fills her days making pottery and teaches classes. Freya did not want to move to the island, but her husband insisted after the event that ended his career. She does not quite fit in either. She soon makes friends with Low.Jamie and her husband moved to the island for quiet time. He is an Author and needs the solace to write and possibly, just possibly this will help them have a baby. Jamie sells Freya's pottery in her store and she and Freya become friends.Low does not like that Freya and Jamie have become friends. She wanted to keep Freya to herself. But Freya and Jamie are around the same age and both are married. It makes sense that they would have more in common. Things take a turn when Freya suggests swapping partners after an evening doing 'shrooms with Jamie and Brian. What could go wrong?Friendship is a wonderful thing - except for when it is not. Not when it is toxic and unhealthy. I loved how this book showed how low self-esteem, loneliness, isolation, and a need for companionship can make people easily overlook, forgive, excuse, or ignore when someone is mistreating them. Plus, it also shows how vapid, self-absorbed, and manipulative some can be.This was on heck of an absorbing page turner for me! I could not put this book down. There is a lot to digest and ponder in this book. There were also some things I was willing to overlook. I was having too good of a time reading this to care that grownups where turning to a young girl for emotional support, advice, doing their dirty work, etc. But then again, they are all so desperate and wacky that it also made sense. Plus, if Low's parents were not off having sex with everybody and their brother, they might have been more concerned about the amount of time their daughter was spending with those much older than her. This was a fabulous distraction from current life, and I loved every single page. Heck, I may even take up pottery, what else am I going to do, read? lol. A fast paced, well written, page turner which did not disappoint. I was hooked from page one and had a hard time putting this book down. I found it to be absorbing, fun, and full of tension. It was basically just what I needed!I received a copy of this book from Galley/Scott Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestThis was my first book by Robyn Harding, but it won't be the last. With quarantine, I've been so bored, and losing myself in slutty mysteries about fucked-up people with problems has been my escape. THE SWAP reminded me of PRETTY THINGS by Janelle Brown, actually, in that it provides criticism on the shallow, superficial world of influencing, while also shedding light on the dark souls of the people attracted to that lifestyle.THE SWAP i Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestThis was my first book by Robyn Harding, but it won't be the last. With quarantine, I've been so bored, and losing myself in slutty mysteries about fucked-up people with problems has been my escape. THE SWAP reminded me of PRETTY THINGS by Janelle Brown, actually, in that it provides criticism on the shallow, superficial world of influencing, while also shedding light on the dark souls of the people attracted to that lifestyle.THE SWAP is about a girl named Low (short for Swallow, because her parents are idiots) who is the daughter of polyamorists living on an island where everyone knows everyone else's business that's notorious for playing musical beds. But Low's parents are the only official poly people, which has made her a bit of a recluse at school. One day, a gorgeous, glamorous woman comes to her school to advertise her pottery classes, and Low is the only taker and ends up becoming her friend.That woman is Freya, a social influencer and pretty young wife to a famous hockey player named Max. Freya's career used to be all sparkle and light until her husband whacked someone with a stick and ended up breaking his neck. Since then, she's taken a breather from the socials, turning to pottery instead-- and Low. Low is delighted with her glamorous older friend and has visions of them being best girlfriends forever--But Freya has another friend her own age named Jamie. Jamie owns the artisinal gift shop that sells Freya's work and is the wife of a best-selling author of young adult fantasy books (Brian). She's just as in awe of Freya as Low and the two of them are jealous of each other as they compete for Freya's affections, who pits them against each other for the attention. But everything changes when one night, Freya proposes a dangerous, sexy game that ends up changing the dynamic between all five of them entirely... and then we find out what a raging dumpster fire of trash all these people really are.Guys, these people are the worst. Freya and Low are both clearly sociopaths, Max seems to have severe emotional problems, Brian is... well, a doormat, and Jamie is such a sanctimonious bunt cake with a c. I wanted to deck her in her smug little face, the bitch. Especially at the end. Oh my God, I hated everyone in this book but I didn't want to miss a moment of this speeding train crash, either. Don't read this book if you want to read about likable people-- there are none-- but if you enjoy reading about trash people behaving like flaming bags of trash, this is your calling.I couldn't put this book down for a moment and I regret nothing.Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!4 to 4.5 stars
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  • Robyn Harding
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you for reading THE SWAP. I had so much fun writing this dark and twisted tale. I hope that shines through in the story.
  • Elyse Walters
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book I’ve read by Robyn Harding. When I read “The Party”....I said the following at the start of my review.... “I might as well toss a coin! All ratings - thoughts - feelings - opinions - judgements could definitely unite together to chitchat this novel”. 1 star ratings - or 5 star ratings...Robyn Harding gives us books to CHAT ABOUT- to THINK ABOUT! I DEFINITELY WANT TO DISCUSS THIS NOVEL WITH OTHER READERS!!!!!BE CLEAR....I’m liking Robyn Harding VERY MUCH....Her contemporar This is the second book I’ve read by Robyn Harding. When I read “The Party”....I said the following at the start of my review.... “I might as well toss a coin! All ratings - thoughts - feelings - opinions - judgements could definitely unite together to chitchat this novel”. 1 star ratings - or 5 star ratings...Robyn Harding gives us books to CHAT ABOUT- to THINK ABOUT! I DEFINITELY WANT TO DISCUSS THIS NOVEL WITH OTHER READERS!!!!!BE CLEAR....I’m liking Robyn Harding VERY MUCH....Her contemporary-life-issue-stories are like *addictive-superfoods* for my critically thinking-cerebral -brain! (yet.... there were a couple of scenes I felt were totally ridiculous and unbelievable). A few times our VERY INTERESTING characters were complete clueless jerks. Their stupidity was unreal. Want me to share those scenes? Ha....too many spoilers would come flooding out of me if I did. THIS BOOK CONTINUES TO ‘WEIGH HEAVY ON MY MIND....AND....I finished this novel a couple of days ago......giving me more time to think about it ......almost obsessively competing for my attention with global update news on the coronavirus. (with my own darn worries)Tidbit thoughts - feelings - and excerpts: ( mixed in below)FIRST.........Something to ponder: ( something ‘I’m’ pondering):Would you be more concerned about your teenage daughter, (recently turned 18), hanging out with a married woman twice her age?—or. concerned from potential problems (you yourself created), from raising your children in a household with multiple parents in an openly-known free-love-polyamorous-family - (children glimpsing home births of their younger siblings, to boot)?....Would the multiple parents be hypocrites if they didn’t want their 18 year old daughter to get mixed up with the type of relationship they themselves were living? How do loving responsible adults raise their kids to be moral responsible adults - when choosing a lifestyle that is not fully accepted by the majority of people? And what are the risks & repercussions - TO THEM- if any - from children growing up in an alternative free-love-non-monogamous-environment? How are the children affected? I know people who have raised children in these alternative type families. I ‘have’ wondered about the well being of the kids. Not saying it doesn’t work - just not sure it does, either. I know couples who engage in adult consented swinging - and poly relationships but their children don’t have a clue. (preferring to keep their adult sexual activities away from growing children).Which is the better choice? To be honest with their kids - or not? Truthfully- I think it’s a delicate subject - and bless those who are successful at these types of families involving growing children. ENOUGH PONDERING...moving on...This novel gives us much to chew onONE OF THE BIGGEST MORALS OF THIS BOOK.... Ha....as in ‘duh’.... ***If YOU ARE GOING TO WIFE SWAP, USE CONDOMS***Back to our story ( or rather just getting started?/!....Freya, Max, Jamie, and Brian had shared an evening of the mushrooms and a couples’ swap. .... Jamie and Brian weren’t handling their evening of promiscuous non-monogamous social activity very well. It wasn’t the first time jealousies, guilt, and insecurities, had created tension and resentment, between them. Brian blamed Jamie for being the instigator of the ‘couples’ swap’—and she blamed him for ruining her friendship with Freya. Their marriage was at risk. ....Low’s friendship with Freya was odd, complexed, profound, and eternal. At age 17, Low’s sexuality remained undefined. She had on occasions, feelings for both boys and girls. .... “I might have been biromantic asexual. Or maybe I was a bisexual late bloomer”. There is no pressure to label herself. She was raised in a progressive community, in an unconventional family. She was taught to have an open mind. Her middle-aged polyamorous parents led by example. Her parents consented shenanigans worked for everyone but Low. The other people, sex partners, were considerate of everybody’s feelings…warm and affectionate to the kids. ....It wasn’t uncommon for couples to swap partners on the island. “Hawking Shuffle, or the island way”. ....Some people in the community called Low’s family freaky free love hippies. But Low’s parents were not ashamed of who they were. ....At home, Low felt like an afterthought. At school, she was a pariah. At Freya’s pottery studio, she was everything. Best friend, parent, and crush all wrapped up in one worldly glamorous package. ....Freya was much older than Low— but she felt close to her. She had been lonely and depressed in this small town. She missed living in New York City. But, Low came along.....and Freya felt lighter and happier. ....Low’s romantic feelings may have been ambiguous, but the first time she saw Max, Freya’s tall, fit, handsome masculine husband, she was decidedly hetero..with sexual arousal feelings brewing. As the story unfolds....Low’s lustful desires evolved. Not sure her maturity evolves....but an obsession towards Freya grows deeper..... Jamie Vincent owned a gift store in town. Retail was new to her, and she opened her shop during the fall when the tourist season was down. moving to the island was supposed to be a fresh start… leaving behind a stressful career in marketing. Her husband Brian, had recently sold a series of young adult novels and was eager to leave his teaching job and write full-time. Jamie and Brian were just getting over a major loss -Jamie knew she needed counseling.... but moving and starting a new life seemed more important. Jamie thought that once she got settled in Hawking, she would seek out mental health services— but there wasn’t a lot to be found in the small town where everyone knew each other. Freya walked into Jamie’s shop one day - lifting Jamie out of her depressed funk.....and a friendship began. On again - off again friendships.........Freya and Low ( the tall teenager)....Freya and Jamie ( same age friend) ....Low ( short for Swallow), and Jamie were both competing for Freya’s friendship....crazy complex friendships - disrespect for boundaries - betrayals - jealousies- conniving backstabbing relationships rise to the surface. ....Freya and her husband Max both had a scandalous history before they even came to the island. ....Max Beausoleil was a once famous NHL hockey player - ( you’ll learn why he was asked to leave the team and wonder how it affects his marriage and future life)....Freya always loved to be adored. She craved it. She was beautiful and effervescent- and once a social media celebrity and influencer...before moving to the island with her husband, MaxShe could also be a manipulative, selfish, and a wicked human being .....FANTASTIC CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT (doesn’t mean these characters are people you’d ever want to be friends with)....POTENTIALLY GREAT PLOT.....but in my opinion .....there were too many added ingredients - competing for flavor-highlights from each other.....A couple of OBVIOUS scenes that just were NOT AT ALL BELIEVABLE....For example.... I could never see an adult married man asking a 17 year old girl if she thought his eight-month pregnant wife was ready to have a baby. Really? The stupidity of the question was just silly! There were a few times ( mostly all taking place in the last part of the novel)....that just became absurd —-THAT SAID.....THE DELICIOUSNESS & ABSURDITIES combined were page turning addictive. Crappy silly ending ( where was the editor?)....I would have gladly helped Robyn with a better ending....lol ( I know, I’m full of beeswax).... BUT.....THE BEST THING GOING FOR THIS BOOK????.....It was a HUGE SUCCESS in taking my mind off of scary - frightening- worried concerns during these coronavirus unsettling days!Sooo many books I keep dropping- I can’t seem to focus as easily with every book put in front of me since this global horrific virus outbreak....But “The Swap” did the trick....I yelled at the characters, “JERKS”....OUT LOUD, *JERKS*.....but, I was involved - FULLY ENGAGED AND HOOKED.....judging and evaluating like a naughty- happy- critical reader....Oh.....it was maddeningly at times.....BUT.....heavenly!!!GREAT DISCUSSION PICK...Thank you to Netgalley, Gallery Books, and Robyn Harding ( wishing everyone well - healthy - and safe)
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  • JEN A
    January 1, 1970
    I found this book disturbing on several levels , but mostly because I can actually see this happening. Obsession is the name of the game and no one is safe when it’s a outcast teenage girl who happens to have the obsessive stalker gene. No one is innocent in this novel and that’s what makes it such a good read. Is it love, lust, or obsession - read The Swap if you want to find out. Trust me, you will thoroughly enjoy it.
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  • Susanne Strong
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 Stars Obsession. It can be Dangerous, Addictive and So Very Wrong. I will have youYes, I will have youI will find a way and I will have youLike a butterflyA wild butterlyI will collect you and capture youYou are an obsessionYou're my obsessionWho do you want me to beTo make you sleep with meYou are an obsessionYou're my obsession - Obsession, Animotion, November, 1983 Unfortunately for me, “The Swap” by Robyn Harding just didn’t work. From the first chapter all the way to the end, I was 2.5 Stars Obsession. It can be Dangerous, Addictive and So Very Wrong. I will have youYes, I will have youI will find a way and I will have youLike a butterflyA wild butterlyI will collect you and capture youYou are an obsessionYou're my obsessionWho do you want me to beTo make you sleep with meYou are an obsessionYou're my obsession - Obsession, Animotion, November, 1983 Unfortunately for me, “The Swap” by Robyn Harding just didn’t work. From the first chapter all the way to the end, I was shaking my head in bewilderment. From the writing style to the characters, I was left wanting. To me, the characters were completely and utterly despicable and I couldn’t fathom why anyone would ever like any of them, let alone be obsessed with the main character. Obsessed, I was not. As you know, I have to like the characters in order to like the book and therefore, I chalk this up to my being the wrong reader for this novel. I loved Ms. Harding’s prior novel “The Arrangement” and had high hopes for this novel, however, “The Swap” just didn’t live up to those expectations. This was a buddy read with Kaceey. We had completely different opinions on this one as she absolutely loved this novel. Thank you to Gallery Books / Scout Press for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Published on Goodreads on 5.29.20.
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  • Bridgett
    January 1, 1970
    Gripping from the very first page, The Swap is a diabolically delightful offering from the talented Robyn Harding.4.5 addictive starsTwo couples. A lonely, bullied teen living in a polyamorous family. A remote Pacific Northwest island. And one wild and crazy night that goes decidedly too far. By far, Harding's best novel to date. I stayed up until 5 AM this morning just to finish reading this crazy ride. I couldn't put it down. Told from three points of view, those of Freya, Jamie, and Swallow ( Gripping from the very first page, The Swap is a diabolically delightful offering from the talented Robyn Harding.4.5 addictive starsTwo couples. A lonely, bullied teen living in a polyamorous family. A remote Pacific Northwest island. And one wild and crazy night that goes decidedly too far. By far, Harding's best novel to date. I stayed up until 5 AM this morning just to finish reading this crazy ride. I couldn't put it down. Told from three points of view, those of Freya, Jamie, and Swallow (or Low), all are beautifully fleshed out characters. Exploring topics such as toxic friendships, obsession, alternate lifestyles, social media, and domestic abuse, this story is absolutely riveting. Although the conclusion is perhaps a bit implausible, and there are a few small details which don't quite add up (which I have no doubt will be cleaned up in the final edits), I still thought it was exceptional.Highly recommended! Available June 23, 2020 in the U.S.**Many thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for my review copy.
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  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    As far as Robyn Harding's upcoming novel The Swap is concerned, no one’s talking about a BOOK swap, that’s for sure!!Low is a lonely high school senior who is either ostracized or ignored by her peers. Living on a small island in the Pacific Northwest with her polyamorous parents and their lovers, she keeps hoping something better will come along and take her away from her boring life.And then she meets Freya, a beautiful, ethereal blonde offering pottery classes to anyone interested. Low ju As far as Robyn Harding's upcoming novel The Swap is concerned, no one’s talking about a BOOK swap, that’s for sure!!Low is a lonely high school senior who is either ostracized or ignored by her peers. Living on a small island in the Pacific Northwest with her polyamorous parents and their lovers, she keeps hoping something better will come along and take her away from her boring life.And then she meets Freya, a beautiful, ethereal blonde offering pottery classes to anyone interested. Low jumps at the chance to spend time with this woman, whom it turns out is married to a handsome former pro hockey player. They spend a lot of time together and Low feels seen, feels appreciated for the first time. Freya tells Low she's the only person who understands her, tells her how special she is to her.But when Freya meets Jamie, a woman closer to her in age, the two hit it off, leaving a jealous Low to seethe on the sidelines. Jamie and her husband have moved to the island to recover from the anguish of not being able to have a baby.One wild night when the two couples are enjoying some illegal substances, Freya proposes swapping spouses. They don’t plan to speak about it again—and everything goes off the rails from there.Harding throws in some good twists so I’ll leave my plot summary here. Suffice it to say there’s all the betrayal, double crossing, manipulation, and melodrama you’d expect, and even some you don’t. She is great at keeping you hooked!!NetGalley, Gallery Books, and Scout Press gave me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making it available!The book publishes June 23.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2019.html. Check out my list of the best books of the decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.
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  • Kelli Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    3.5! OBSESSED MUCH!This is a tale of obsession and lies between friends. One woman is the obsession of both another adult woman and a high school girl. Then there is a night of magic mushrooms and husband swapping. What could possibly go wrong with that night?I found this to be entertaining. The writing quality was excellent. The author uses multiple POVs, although it's primarily the other adult woman and the high schooler. We also get brief POVs from both husbands, which I enjoyed and wish more 3.5! OBSESSED MUCH!This is a tale of obsession and lies between friends. One woman is the obsession of both another adult woman and a high school girl. Then there is a night of magic mushrooms and husband swapping. What could possibly go wrong with that night?I found this to be entertaining. The writing quality was excellent. The author uses multiple POVs, although it's primarily the other adult woman and the high schooler. We also get brief POVs from both husbands, which I enjoyed and wish more had been incorporated. Overall I had a difficult time fully engaging with the characters. This isn't really due to the writing, as it was great. More due to none of the characters being that likeable. That said, however, I do believe this would be an excellent TV series. My biggest critique and why I didn't rate the book higher is that this was advertised as a suspenseful thriller, however I found it to be a literary drama. In my opinion this was not a thriller and there was little suspense, which was primarily around the ending. My expectations were looking for a suspense thriller and didn't receive that so I felt disappointed. If this were advertised differently I would have rated it higher.*Thank you to Simon & Schuster in Edelweiss for access to the digital review copy!
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  • JEN A
    January 1, 1970
    I found this book disturbing on several levels but mostly because I can actually see this happening. Obsession is the name of the game and no one is safe when it’s a outcast teenage girl who happens to have the obsessive stalker gene. No one is innocent in this novel and that’s what makes it such a good read. Is it love, lust, or obsession - read The Swap if you want to find out. Trust me, you will thoroughly enjoy it.
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  • Julie (JuJu)
    January 1, 1970
    Some sexual shenanigans, a dabble in drugs, lots of lies and one super hot, psycho femme fatale all wrapped up in the drama-filled thriller.....The Swap! Robyn Harding caught my eye with The Arrangement, but this one is much juicer. So much is rolled into this little book, you won’t want to miss a word! ”She was beautiful and effervescent, like expensive champagne.” Freya is one of the most toxic and narcissistic characters I’ve ever read about. She is absolutely wretched and I was completely Some sexual shenanigans, a dabble in drugs, lots of lies and one super hot, psycho femme fatale all wrapped up in the drama-filled thriller.....The Swap! Robyn Harding caught my eye with The Arrangement, but this one is much juicer. So much is rolled into this little book, you won’t want to miss a word! ”She was beautiful and effervescent, like expensive champagne.” Freya is one of the most toxic and narcissistic characters I’ve ever read about. She is absolutely wretched and I was completely captivated! At the same time, she’s charismatic and magnetizing. People adore her. And those people pay a high price to be her friend!Thank you to NetGalley, Gallery/Scout Press and Robyn Harding for this ARC, in exchange for my honest review!My Rating: 5 ⭐️’s Published: June 23rd 2020 by Gallery/Scout PressPages: [email protected] #TheSwap #MustRead #JuicyThriller #NetGalley#JustRead #TopThriller2020http://www.robynharding.comInstagram: @rhardingwriter Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorRobynH...
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  • NZLisaM
    January 1, 1970
    In her latest psychological domestic thriller Robyn Harding explores poisonous female friendships, jealously, obsession, adultery, and the old proverb of two's company, three’s a crowd.Freya Light was living the high life in LA, a successful Instagram celebrity with half a million followers, until her husband's professional scandal saw it all taken from her. Forced to move to a small island community leaves Freya feeling resentful and bored.Teenager Low Morrison has always felt like she doesn't In her latest psychological domestic thriller Robyn Harding explores poisonous female friendships, jealously, obsession, adultery, and the old proverb of two's company, three’s a crowd.Freya Light was living the high life in LA, a successful Instagram celebrity with half a million followers, until her husband's professional scandal saw it all taken from her. Forced to move to a small island community leaves Freya feeling resentful and bored.Teenager Low Morrison has always felt like she doesn't fit in anywhere. Not with her peers, nor with her parent’s polyamorous lifestyle. Then, she meets glamorous, seductive Freya, and immediately develops a fascination with her.Jamie Vincent, and her husband Brian, moved to the island for a fresh start. When Freya walks into her gift shop Jamie is quickly drawn to her charm and extroversion. Even their husbands get along, and the two couples are soon socialising as a foursome.Until one night of partying ruins it all.Unsettling, disturbing, sexy, fun, ironic, and let's not forget twisted and twisty. I finished The Swap in a day, and couldn't put it down. And any book that holds my attention so firmly in these uncertain and ever-changing times is a winner in my book. Freya is cold, calculating, damaged, and self-absorbed and her treatment of everyone in her vicinity is manipulative, hurtful, and harmful. I love that you were never given her POV adding to the air of mystique and unpredictability surrounding her, and you never knew how crazy or dangerous she was going to get. Jamie and Low were both naïve and fragile, the perfect targets for Freya, and it was scary to witness how dependent on her they became and how much of a hold and influence she had over them. Both were likeable characters and I was very afraid for their sanity and safety. Don't ask me why because the plots were remarkably different, but The Swap gave me a Jennifer Hillier – Little Secrets vibe, maybe because both involve marital issues, secrets and betrayal, were emotionally impacting, and fast-paced, addicting, easy reads? So, if you liked that one then I think you will enjoy this novel.Robyn Harding couldn't have done a better job with The Swap, and I'm predicting it is going to make a lot of people's top favourite lists for 2020. I know it will be on mine.I'd like to thank Netgalley, Simon & Schuster (Australia), and Robyn Harding for the e-ARC.Publication Date: 8th July, 2020.
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  • Arna
    January 1, 1970
    Low doesn’t fit in at her high school and is used to spending time on her own until Freya arrives in town. Low signs up for Freya’s pottery class and the two become close friends. That is until Freya and her husband Max befriend Jamie and Brian, soon Low is on her own again and resents Jamie for it. What will Low do to get her friend back? This book highlights what loneliness and isolation can do to a person when someone takes an interest, even if that someone is toxic. I read this fast paced bo Low doesn’t fit in at her high school and is used to spending time on her own until Freya arrives in town. Low signs up for Freya’s pottery class and the two become close friends. That is until Freya and her husband Max befriend Jamie and Brian, soon Low is on her own again and resents Jamie for it. What will Low do to get her friend back? This book highlights what loneliness and isolation can do to a person when someone takes an interest, even if that someone is toxic. I read this fast paced book so quickly, I was completely absorbed. I looove a cast of slightly crazy characters doing absolutely crazy things!The only downside for me was some of the POV. I don’t think either Max or Brian really added to the story. Low especially was amazing, it was her POV that really had me hooked! Thank you NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Australia for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Theresa Alan
    January 1, 1970
    Low is eighteen years old and has never fit in her small, Northwestern island community. She’s 6’1” with wild red hair, and her parents’ polyamorous lifestyle, even in this otherwise accepting town, is still considered pretty out there. When Freya comes to town with her gorgeous former professional athlete husband, Low takes a pottery class from her and thinks she’s finally found a friend in the glamorous, former social media darling. Then Jamie and her husband arrive on the island so he can wor Low is eighteen years old and has never fit in her small, Northwestern island community. She’s 6’1” with wild red hair, and her parents’ polyamorous lifestyle, even in this otherwise accepting town, is still considered pretty out there. When Freya comes to town with her gorgeous former professional athlete husband, Low takes a pottery class from her and thinks she’s finally found a friend in the glamorous, former social media darling. Then Jamie and her husband arrive on the island so he can work on his novel, she can open a gift shop, and they can try to forget the years they struggled to have a baby. Jamie also quickly falls under Freya’s spell, who gets her to take shrooms and swap husbands for one night. One of the main tensions of the novel is what happens between Jamie and her husband after that confusing evening. But it’s also about how manipulative Freya is. Both Jamie and Low are so desperate for a friend that when Freya shines her light on them, they can’t help but do her bidding, even though she treats everyone horrifically. That’s what I couldn’t understand. I guess I can understand Low a little more because she’s so young and she wants to get away from her house—her biological parents but then also the sort-of-parents that are their lovers. I’ve never lived in a town that small, but to be treated like that and to keep going back for more was cringe-worthy. This is a fast read with a strong ending. Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this novel, which RELEASES JUNE 23, 2020.
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  • Samantha Downing
    January 1, 1970
    Robyn Harding has outdone herself with The Swap. This is a provocative, edgy thriller and just when you think you’ve got a handle on it…you don’t. This mesmerizing novel will keep you thinking and reading until the last page.
  • Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
    January 1, 1970
    Whew!! That was good! Review to come! Just the thing to get you out of your reading slump!
  • Gloria Arthur
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐️5 Stars⭐️I loved the pace of this delightfully wicked thriller, the author never disappoints. The Swap is a dark, twisted, saucy tale of obsession and lies.Swallow mostly known as ‘Low’ is a seventeen year old teen, that doesn’t fit in at school and is from a polyamorous hippie family. She is fascinated and becomes obsessed with ethereal blonde and former social media star Freya who is new to the island and making a fresh start. Low signs up for her pottery classes hoping to get closer to her ⭐️5 Stars⭐️I loved the pace of this delightfully wicked thriller, the author never disappoints. The Swap is a dark, twisted, saucy tale of obsession and lies.Swallow mostly known as ‘Low’ is a seventeen year old teen, that doesn’t fit in at school and is from a polyamorous hippie family. She is fascinated and becomes obsessed with ethereal blonde and former social media star Freya who is new to the island and making a fresh start. Low signs up for her pottery classes hoping to get closer to her girl crush. Freya befriends gift shop owner Jamie who cannot conceive and was a victim of a surrogate mother scam. Low becomes jealous of the women's growing friendship. Freya and her handsome professional hockey player husband Max invite Jamie and her husband Brian over for a drug induced night of magic mushroom tea which leads to decisions of regret and devastation. Themes for this story are sociopathic behaviour, spouse swapping, violence, abuse, superficial friendships, toxic relationships, jealously, narcissism and loneliness. Totally absorbing read with an explosive ending.I wish to thank Netgalley & Simon & Schuster for an advanced copy of The Swap in exchange for an honest review
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    Over the years, Robyn Harding has become an auto-read author for me. My first venture in her writing was with her domestic thriller, Her Pretty Face, and my love for her writing grew exponentially with last year's The Arrangement. I just knew that her upcoming book, The Swap would be a book that I'd have to read. Readers, Robyn Harding doesn't disappoint again.The story is told through multiple points of view, but the main one is focused on high school student Low Morrison. Low ends up signi Over the years, Robyn Harding has become an auto-read author for me. My first venture in her writing was with her domestic thriller, Her Pretty Face, and my love for her writing grew exponentially with last year's The Arrangement. I just knew that her upcoming book, The Swap would be a book that I'd have to read. Readers, Robyn Harding doesn't disappoint again.The story is told through multiple points of view, but the main one is focused on high school student Low Morrison. Low ends up signing up for a pottery class that is taught by Instagram influencer Freya Light. Low becomes enamored by Freya and her infatuation quickly becomes obsession. Low's obsession becomes dangerous once she finds out that Freya has a best friend and she will do anything to try and sabotage it. It just so happens that Low now works for Freya's best friend, Jamie.During one night of laughs and partying, Freya suggests swapping partners with Jamie. It seems harmless, especially after diminishing cognitive reasoning due to their celebrations, but it quickly becomes a moment that will change the couples' lives forever.I don't know how Robyn Harding continues to send shockwaves in the psychological thriller genre, but ladies and gentlemen, she does. I read The Swap in one sitting and couldn't put it down. This book may go down as the most bingeworthy book of 2020. I know it'll be a guaranteed hit with readers when it's released. Make sure to mark your TBR's now!
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  • ABookwormWithWine
    January 1, 1970
    Song/s the book brought to mind: Addicted by Kelly ClarksonI finally read a Robyn Harding book guys!! And I loved every minute of it! The Swap was addictive, incredibly quick, and I found the ending to be very satisfying. If you are into books about toxic relationships and obsession then this is the book for you. I know I have said this about other books, but it definitely applies to The Swap, it was like watching a wreck and not being able to look away. It is full of drama, manipulation, and li Song/s the book brought to mind: Addicted by Kelly ClarksonI finally read a Robyn Harding book guys!! And I loved every minute of it! The Swap was addictive, incredibly quick, and I found the ending to be very satisfying. If you are into books about toxic relationships and obsession then this is the book for you. I know I have said this about other books, but it definitely applies to The Swap, it was like watching a wreck and not being able to look away. It is full of drama, manipulation, and lies, and you just can't put it down until you see how this ride will end. I didn't find any of the characters to be all that likable although Jamie did come close for me, and I felt bad for Freya's husband Max at times. Low is a wreck in herself, and so many disturbing things are thought by that girl. I was really impressed by the fast pace of the novel and that made it even harder for me to put down. I managed to speed through The Swap in just a few short hours so this is definitely a one sitting, binge-worthy read. I loved Harding's writing style and I am going to have to stop putting off reading her backlist. The only reason I didn't give this all the stars is because the end didn't really surprise me all that much, although I did let out a slight gasp at one point. I think that The Swap would make a lovely book to go into blindly so I will stop my review here. Just know, if you are a fan of Harding or even someone just looking for a fast read, I highly recommend this to you! Thank you to the publisher for my advance review copy via NetGalley. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
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  • preoccupiedbybooks
    January 1, 1970
    A disturbing tale of lust, obsession, loneliness and manipulation!A teenaged outcast,A narcissistic blogger,And a woman desperate to have a baby.One wild night of debauchery, what could go wrong?!Wow, this book was like a train wreck that I couldn't look away from! It was filled with despicable characters, who I hated, with emotional and psychological problems. Freya has to be one of the most unlikeable characters that I've ever read about! I loved that we didn't get her POV, so I never really k A disturbing tale of lust, obsession, loneliness and manipulation!A teenaged outcast,A narcissistic blogger,And a woman desperate to have a baby.One wild night of debauchery, what could go wrong?!Wow, this book was like a train wreck that I couldn't look away from! It was filled with despicable characters, who I hated, with emotional and psychological problems. Freya has to be one of the most unlikeable characters that I've ever read about! I loved that we didn't get her POV, so I never really knew what she was thinking! Told from Low, Max, Jamie and Brian's alternating POVs, Robyn Harding weaved a tale of toxic relationships, obsession, deceit and betrayal. It also looked at how fake and dark social media can be! In The Swap you saw how low self esteem and loneliness made some people vulnerable to manipulation.The writing was great, it was a fast paced book, which was very entertaining! However, I thought that Max and Brian's chapters were a bit unnecessary, and didn't add much to the story.If you want to read an addictive and scandalous tale about unlikeable characters behaving badly, and making bad decisions, then you might enjoy this! Many thanks to Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster for this Digital Readers Copy, in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jamie beauty_andthebook_
    January 1, 1970
    Spilling the teaaaaa on my most anticipated read of 2020... The Swap - I have been waiting for this book since I heard about it and OH BOY, it did not disappoint. Full of juicy drama, *husband swapping* and deceit, The Swap was everything I hoped for following The Arrangement - this 5 star book releases everywhere June 23rd so get it on your radar now!Thank you to Gallery Books for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Dana
    January 1, 1970
    This is my fourth Robyn Harding novel and once again a 5 star rating!! Her writing is so addictive, I already want more ...The Swap is SO DAMN GOOD! Had me hooked from the first page! So SCANDALOUS! The characters, Freya, Jamie and Swallow aka "Low" are such a phenomenal combo! So well developed! I could have kept reading about these women ... I need this insane book made into a movie or TV series!! The storyline is all kinds of CRAZY! Husband swapping, boozy - hallucinogenic dinner parties, mad This is my fourth Robyn Harding novel and once again a 5 star rating!! Her writing is so addictive, I already want more ...The Swap is SO DAMN GOOD! Had me hooked from the first page! So SCANDALOUS! The characters, Freya, Jamie and Swallow aka "Low" are such a phenomenal combo! So well developed! I could have kept reading about these women ... I need this insane book made into a movie or TV series!! The storyline is all kinds of CRAZY! Husband swapping, boozy - hallucinogenic dinner parties, mad obsessions, polyamorous relationships and stalking .... if this book isn't on your radar it should be!! It comes out June 23rdHuge thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for my review copy!!
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Mark my words, this will be the juiciest read of the summer! It has people behaving badly, sex, lies, betrayal and deceit, doesn’t that just sound like the perfect summer read?! I was lucky enough to read this poolside a few weeks ago and I hope by the time this is out this summer you all will able to enjoy it the same way that I did because you almost have to read this by the water, it’s a must haha.This is full of the type of characters that I love to hate, people making questionable decisions Mark my words, this will be the juiciest read of the summer! It has people behaving badly, sex, lies, betrayal and deceit, doesn’t that just sound like the perfect summer read?! I was lucky enough to read this poolside a few weeks ago and I hope by the time this is out this summer you all will able to enjoy it the same way that I did because you almost have to read this by the water, it’s a must haha.This is full of the type of characters that I love to hate, people making questionable decisions is something that always fascinates me and there’s plenty of that here. Multiple viewpoints, a scandalous plot and great writing made this one hell of an addictive read. There were definitely lots of surprises that shocked me and and was just overall a really entertaining read.
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  • Aga Durka
    January 1, 1970
    The Swap is one of those books that you just cannot stop reading until you read the final page. It is like watching a train wreck, you are absolutely horrified by what you are seeing, but you are unable to turn around and walk away.This book has everything: highly unlikable characters that you end up obsessing about; toxic relationships that are full of lies, secrets, and obsessive behavior; that one, spur of the moment decision that causes lifetime changes to everyone’s lives involved; social m The Swap is one of those books that you just cannot stop reading until you read the final page. It is like watching a train wreck, you are absolutely horrified by what you are seeing, but you are unable to turn around and walk away.This book has everything: highly unlikable characters that you end up obsessing about; toxic relationships that are full of lies, secrets, and obsessive behavior; that one, spur of the moment decision that causes lifetime changes to everyone’s lives involved; social media mania; and domestic violence that comes from an unexpected source.This is my second book by Robyn Harding, and I highly recommend it to anyone that loves fast-paced, well written, and addictive thrillers.Thank you NetGalley, Gallery/Scout Press, and the author for providing me with an ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Brenda | books.asusual
    January 1, 1970
    This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020 and I'm ecstatic that I was able to get my hands on the e-ARC. This was such a riveting read. There were moments that just made my skin crawl but I couldn't stop reading. We see the story unfold from different POVs but mainly from Low, a taciturn and awkward teen and Jamie, a woman desperate for a baby. This book is filled with drama, secrets, twists and turns. I'm all for it. The ending is brilliant.Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for t This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020 and I'm ecstatic that I was able to get my hands on the e-ARC. This was such a riveting read. There were moments that just made my skin crawl but I couldn't stop reading. We see the story unfold from different POVs but mainly from Low, a taciturn and awkward teen and Jamie, a woman desperate for a baby. This book is filled with drama, secrets, twists and turns. I'm all for it. The ending is brilliant.Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read and review this book! Definitely a recommended read.
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  • Roz
    January 1, 1970
    Not sure about this one.. but I can’t seem to get this book out of my head, so I guess it was better than I initially thought?
  • Melanie (mells_view)
    January 1, 1970
    The whole mess seemed unfathomable. How had one night of fun and debauchery upended our lives?To put it lightly The Swap was stress inducing. I’m pretty sure I woke my husband up tapping my foot in bed while reading this book. Reading about Low, Freya, Max, Jamie, and Brian put me through the ringer. From the cover you think that this story is about a couple swap. From the blurb you assume it’s about a swap gone wrong and the imposing teenager who sees it all happen, but that’s simplifying this The whole mess seemed unfathomable. How had one night of fun and debauchery upended our lives?To put it lightly The Swap was stress inducing. I’m pretty sure I woke my husband up tapping my foot in bed while reading this book. Reading about Low, Freya, Max, Jamie, and Brian put me through the ringer. From the cover you think that this story is about a couple swap. From the blurb you assume it’s about a swap gone wrong and the imposing teenager who sees it all happen, but that’s simplifying this book to its very simplest form. The Swap explores how all of these people can move around and be affected by one person. How one person can puppet master an entire cast of characters without a single one of them being aware of what’s going down. It was intriguing and interesting seeing how it all plays out. Was I stressed out until the very last page? Yes. Were some things extremely obvious to the reader? Yes. BUT... it was still a ride seeing characters realize things over the course of the book.Such a good thrilling read, and I definitely plan to check out more of this authors work.AVAILABLE JUNE 23RD!*ARC
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