The House Swap

The House Swap

A Novel

Book - 2018
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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 daughter and the tensions that have pushed their marriage to the brink. The house is stark, pared back and almost sinister in its emptiness: a blank canvas upon which they can try to start again, and rebuild what has been lost between them. But slowly, Caroline begins to uncover some signs-- signs that connect to her life. The flowers in the bathroom and the music in the CD player might seem innocent to anyone else-- but to her they are clues. It seems the person they have swapped homes with is someone who knows her, who knows the secrets she'd hoped to forget.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780857525482
Characteristics: vi, 294 pages ;,23 cm


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SPL_HEATHERL Oct 16, 2019

Please see the summary section for a full review of this book.

K_ROK Sep 25, 2019

I agree with some other comments in that this book felt slow at times and I was waiting for it to "pick up" again but was satisfied by the end.

Dec 14, 2018

A rather interesting thriller; however, not as good as the publisher's reviewers comments. Not "fantastic' as Lee Child commented. I would not necessarily recommend it, despite the fact that I did enjoy the story.

Dec 01, 2018

Very mediocre.

Oct 05, 2018

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Everything a psychological thriller should be - you’ll never think about swapping houses the same way again!

When Caroline agrees to a house swap, she has no idea what she is getting herself into. She and her husband Francis are in dire need of a vacation away to reconnect with each other, but who exactly have they let into their home while they are away???

Told in “Home” and “Away” sections, the reader learns details of Caroline’s life and marriage in both past and present. There are also chapters told from the chilling, unknown point of view of their house guest.

Pros: this book kept me on the edge of my seat...

Cons: perhaps the book went in circles a little too long to draw things out, but it was still quite good.

A very good psychological of the best I have read lately!

4 stars

Jul 25, 2018

I agree that the book was pretty slow in regards to development, but it was interesting enough to keep me wanting to read more.
I would have enjoyed a quicker pace, but the short chapters and switch between past and present definitely helped.
I liked that there was an added twist, making you reconsider what you thought you knew while reading the majority of the book. However, the married main characters were both extremely unlikable and seemed to get off very easily for their wrongdoings.

Jun 23, 2018


I really enjoyed how the author kept switching from the past to the present, she had me guessing the whole time.


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SPL_HEATHERL Oct 16, 2019

Have you ever considered doing a house swap? It sounds like a great idea, right? You get to spend a week or two in another part of the country, or another part of the world even, without hotel bills, and in return a stranger spends time in your house. But that might be the drawback, especially for the paranoid among us, an absolute stranger could be spending time in your home, going through your possessions and uncovering your secrets! This is the premise of Rebecca Fleet's thriller, The House Swap.

Caroline and her husband Francis decide to take part in such an arrangement, and they exchange their apartment in a busy northern city for a week in a house in the leafy suburbs of London. They plan to use the opportunity to explore London and generally just relax. They've had a tumultuous couple of years and both have done things they aren't proud of, but they want to make a go of their marriage so they’re looking at this time away as a sort of second honeymoon.

When they arrive at the house things just don't look right. It's eerily sterile, almost as if the place has been staged. There are no clues as to the personality of the person that lives there. However, as Caroline looks harder she realizes that certain things seem to have been placed in the house for her benefit. Her favourite flowers, and music that's special to her. It's almost as if the person who has lent them their house knows her. Then there's the question of an overly curious neighbor who is just a little bit too friendly. Does this neighbor know the person that owns the house? She dodges Caroline's questions.

Things become more than a little bit creepy when Caroline begins to receive texts containing pictures of her own home. Her face has been cut out of the family portraits hanging in the hallway. Her clothes have been shredded. It’s only her fear of having her past uncovered that keeps her from racing home to confront the culprit.
The House Swap is full of some great twists and turns. Just when you think Caroline's indiscretions are catching up with her, the plot takes yet another clever turn. Fleet is a skillful thriller writer and if you liked novels like The Girl on the Train, then I think you might enjoy The House Swap.

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