Release date - 3rd May 2018
Book length - 320 pages
Publisher - Transworld
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I want to thank Transworld Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THE BOOK
‘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 HOUSE SWAP by Rebecca Fleet is not a thriller in the usual context of the word and yet it still exudes a dark, disturbing, and almost suffocating tension from start to finish that leaves you constantly on edge as you read each page.
Caroline and Francis decide to house swap for a week in order to try and reconnect and salvage their extremely fractured relationship. Through addiction, depression, and an electric affair, they are still together hoping to restore their family but as soon as Caroline enters the stark house where she will spend the next week, she feels uncomfortable. There is something about this place that reminds her of her past and all of its turmoil and it soon becomes clear that somebody has planned this in detail and that someone is currently staying in her home ...
Moving from past to present, this story comes alive for the reader and sucks you into the drama. As we get to know Caroline, Francis, and Carl and their complicated emotions and relationships, we are always aware that in the present day there is a more sinister situation occurring and we are always left unsure just who exactly is behind it all. The author has a wonderful way of making you feel what the characters are feeling and I couldn't put this book down until I knew the whole truth. The characters are not always likeable but they are always real and fallible and realistic which is much more important in a good novel.
THE HOUSE SWAP by Rebecca Fleet is a story about emotions and decisions and how simple choices can alter one's life drastically and I highly recommend this captivating domestic thriller!
Rebecca Fleet’s brilliant page-turner The House Swap was pre-empted by Transworld for publication in May 2018. The novel combines psychological suspense with domestic drama. When a young couple organises a house swap to have a break away – a first step towards rebuilding their faltering marriage – the wife slowly begins to realise from clues left in the house that the person staying back in their home is someone she used to know and, for reasons that gradually become clear, was very much hoping to forget. Rebecca had two literary novels published by 4th Estate under a different name.
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Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger, wife & mother who loves all things books!
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