"A fantastic thrillerdead-on domestic noir, full of tension and surprises. I loved it." -Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Line
She may not know exactly who is in her house. But she knows why they are there. Be careful who you let in…
A house swap becomes the eerie backdrop to a crumbling marriage, a long-buried affair, and the fatal consequences that unfold
When Caroline and Francis receive an offer to house swapfrom their city apartment to a house in a leafy, upscale London suburbthey 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 marriagehis unhealthy behaviors, her indiscretionsstart 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 housesigns of her life. The flowers in the bathroom or the music might seem innocent to anyone elsebut 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. . . .
Be careful who you let in. . .
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 7.95(h) x 0.72(d)|
About the Author
Rebecca Fleet was educated at Oxford and works in brand strategy. She lives in London. The House Swap is her US debut.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Good quick read, lots ofvtwists and suspense.
Great read. Kept me at my toes and wanted more. Loved the characters and just a fun summer read
When I signed up for this book I immediately thought of the movie "the Holiday" well this book was not a typical holiday but a thriller of one. While I found it hard to get into this book once i did it was good and kind of cat & mouse like. I like a book when I can't figure out the ending and this was one. A pretty good read overall.
3.5 I've stayed in numerous B and B's while travelling, but have never actually swapped houses with someone. And honestly, I don't think I would want to. My penchant for suspense and thriller reads provides too much fuel for an abundance of imagined scenarios..... The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet gives rise to those imaginings. Francis and Caroline's marriage has been rocky for the last few years. They are trying to pick up the pieces and get past what has happened. A week away will give them some together time, away from their day to day life. And they could save money by house swapping with someone. Uh huh. They do swap, but the house they land in is oddly sterile, with not many personal touches. But there are a few and they seem to be oddly familiar to Caroline. The neighbour a few houses down also seems strangely interested in Caroline as well. Caroline is indeed keeping secrets - and it seems like someone else wants them revealed. What happened in the past is only slowly revealed in entries from 'then'. As details are added, what's going on in the present becomes clearer. That slow reveal makes for addictive reading. The 'who' and 'why' ended up not being what I had imagined. Fleet adroitly manipulates the reader's expectations and assumptions along the way. The unknown other person is given italicized entries - and they will keep you guessing. Fleet's depiction of a marriage in trouble is believable, harsh and sharp in its presentation. Francis is also given a voice, providing an alternate look at Caroline's depiction of their marriage. I must admit, I didn't like either Caroline or Francis at all. I felt sorry for their young son as he doesn't seem to be the priority in either parent's life. The House Swap is a combination of domestic drama and suspense. It's a bit of a slow burn, but does pick up speed midway. I didn't love the ending, but enjoyed the journey there. A good debut and I would pick up Fleet's next book. I do have to say that The House Swap has cemented my decision to not house swap!
House Swap is a superb slow-burn thriller that kept me glued to the pages and on the edge of my seat the whole way through. Caroline and Francis decide to do a house swap for a quick vacation getaway, where they hope to continue to rebuild their marriage after years of ups and downs. It isn't long before Caroline realizes something is very, very wrong - the house which is otherwise oddly impersonal, is littered with reminders that seem to be aimed at her directly - dragging her back to a memory she has worked so hard to bury. This book ended up being a one-sitting read for me, as I was deeply intrigued with finding out Caroline's secret. I absolutely loved how Rebecca Fleet peeled back layers of the story with tantalizing slowness, moving from past to present, and sharing perspectives from different characters, only revealing small glimpses of the twists at a time. It hooked me in completely, as I continued to lodge my guesses as to what was coming next - and I was always wrong. I also adored the characters, as I have been drawn to books with deeply flawed characters lately, and this story scratches that itch perfectly. Every character in this book is multi-faceted with their own complex issues and secrets, and they all resonated as very human. I found myself simultaneously rooting for them and loathing them, which is a mark of an excellently crafted story for me. Overall I enjoyed this book immensely - the twists just kept coming. I look forward to sharing this book with my book club, as this will be a terrific book for discussion!
After the hard time they have gone through in their relationship, Caroline and Francis need a vacation, best without their son Eddie. A house swap seems to be a good idea so they leave Leeds for a week in the suburbs of London. Somehow the house is strange, it looks like nobody actually lives in there, it is absolutely impersonal, almost clinical. But the woman seemed to be nice enough to let her into their own apartment. When Caroline receives a strange message on her cell phone, she is alarmed: did something awake the ghosts of the past? Did her ex affair Carl get in contact again? And who is this strange neighbour Amber who seems to observe them and behaves in a very strange way when she comes to visit them late in the evening. Caroline can sense the danger but she doesn’t know where it is really coming from... The novel starts at quite some low pace and admittedly I was a bit annoyed because I couldn’t make sense of a lot of things at the beginning. It was obvious that Francis and Caroline had some problems in the past, she had an affair with a colleague, he was addicted to pills, but since this had happened obviously two years before, I didn’t quite understand the relevance of all this for the house swap. And there was this voice talking to Caroline, but it was not clear where it was coming from. I do not really like to be in the dark and not understanding anything. However, the further you get in the novel and the more you understand, the more thrill you feel and the better the plot gets. Of course you are supposed to run in the completely wrong direction with the assumptions of what is behind all this – eagerly I did – just to learn then that it is not only much more complicated, very cleverly constructed, and also a lot more dangerous for the characters than you would have assumed. “The House Swap” is a fantastic thriller as soon as you get over the first few pages. It can surprise and offers an especially interesting psychological aspect which is only revealed towards the end.