The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet

The House Swap

Be careful who you let in . . .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 son, and the tensions that have pushed their marriage to the brink.As the couple settles in, the old problems that permeate their marriage--his unhealthy behaviors, her indiscretions--start bubbling to the surface. But while they att...

Details The House Swap

TitleThe House Swap
Release DateMay 22nd, 2018
PublisherPamela Dorman Books
GenreThriller, Fiction, Suspense

Reviews The House Swap

  • Ova Incekaraoglu
    I really like slow paced, psychological thrillers. This was such a good one. The tension between the married couple was perfectly crafted. The surprise effect was well built. Didn't see it coming at all! I would love to read from Rebecca Fleet again.
  • Pauline
    The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet is a thriller that keeps you guessing.Caroline and Francis are trying to save their marriage and trip away by themselves sounds like a good idea. They house swap with a person on the Internet for a week on a townhouse near London to try an reconnect with each other. Strange things happen in the townhouse that causes more difficulties and Caroline thinks she is being watched and becomes afraid. I enjoyed this book a...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    3.5 Star"A house swap becomes the eerie backdrop to a crumbling marriage, a torrid affair, and the fatal consequences that unfold."As a person who reads a lot of thrillers, it's few and far between that I find one that truly stands out or gets to me much these days. This one did but in a subtle way where I could weirdly relate to certain tangents portrayed in the book. I think anyone who has been in a long term relationship or marriage understand...
  • Sarah Joint
    A nice slow-burning debut. If you're looking for a lot of action, this isn't it. This book doesn't seem very concerned with shocking the reader, just meandering along and letting the secrets come out tantalizingly slowly. It's a look inside a marriage that has been on the verge of failing for some time. Addiction and indiscretions from both sides. Caroline and Francis have both wronged each other, but they're trying to make things work out... joi...
  • Ellen
    2.5 rounded up. This psychological thriller has some positives: true suspense with some twists, chapters moving back and forth in time successfully, the theme of marriage and sustained relationships vs. the excitement and passion of new ones, using the backdrop of the relatively new “house swap” for its primary setting. Negativesls include weak character development, an abundance of cliches, tedious repetition of vacuous descriptions (the “...
  • Nicki
    I was drawn to this book by the Intreguing synopsis and the tag line on the eye catching cover.Caroline and Francis who are struggling to repair their shattered marriage jump at the opportunity to take part in a house swap.Only the house that they finds themselves in is so sparse and empty they find it hard to imagine that anyone has actually been living there.Not long after they arrive,Caroline starts discovering objects that remind her of someo...
  • Shalini
    This was a family drama of sorts jacketed as a thriller. The story has 2 time lines with 3 versions. One was way in the past in the year 2013, where the main character Caroline, goes through turbulence in her marriage, with her prescription pill addict husband and so has an affair. The second version was Caroline in the present, year 2015, when she is on a holiday with the same husband Francis, trying to save the marriage, on a house swap, where ...
  • Laura Rash
    This has alternating characters & time periods which keep it a quick page turner from the get go. I thought I had it figured out part way through but I was totally wrong. I read a lot of thrillers & so to have one that stumped me for a bit was a delight!Thanks to the publisher for this early copy in exchange for review:)
  • Liz Barnsley
    The House Swap was well written, but not really for me this one. I kept up to the end simply to see the resolution which I wasn't even terribly bothered about to be honest but sometimes the end justifies the means. Ultimately though that was a bit flat too so...Anyway the premise is sound - a house swap, a couple trying to save their marriage after one suffers with addiction and the other has an affair. Mysterious things in the house start sparki...
  • Jenn
    I received this as an ARC from the publisher for an honest review.I did not enjoy this one. It seemed to move really slow and none of the characters were likable to me.
  • Milena
    I am not a big fan of slow paced stories but I thoroughly enjoyed this slow burning domestic suspense novel. The House Swap is a fascinating look into addiction and a marriage on the brink of collapse. I found the characters interesting and morally flawed, they made some bad choices, but I could relate to them and understand their motives. Francis, who is stuck in a fog of addiction, not caring about his wife and his young son; Caroline, who is u...
  • Latkins
    In this debut thriller, Caroline and her husband Francis have a 'house swap' for a week's holiday with an anonymous person online - they go and stay in a terraced house in Chiswick and the owner of that house goes to stay in their flat in Leeds. They are trying to rekindle their relationship, leaving their little son Eddie with Caroline's mother, as two years earlier Francis was addicted to pills and Caroline had an affair with a work colleague. ...
  • Karin Goczkowski
    I would classify this book as a domestic noir or a suspense novel. Unfortunately, it did not keep me hanging like a usual thriller or suspense book would. The story unraveled too slowly without enough reveals to truly be interesting. The book is written in third person except when the 'perp' living in Caroline's house writes in first person (confusing no?). The characters themselves act completely on their own whims without any thought to how the...
  • booksofallkinds
    **RATING 4.5**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 s...
  • River Scott Tyler
    When Caroline and her husband Francis receive an offer to house swap--from their city flat to a townhouse in London they jump at they chance for a week away a break from there normal life and a chance to sort out the tensions that have pushed their marriage to the brink. they leave there son with Caroline's mom and head of to londonas they settle in and get use to the house they are staying in soon old wounds start to rise again his unhealthy beh...
  • Merryl Todd
    Firstly this is not my type of genre. It is promoted as a mystery/thriller but is really more like slow moving “drama with some mystery” centring around the self-absorbed Caroline and her inability to determine which of the two men in her life she wants to be with…the drug addled husband or the “toy boy” office colleague. There was so much opportunity to make this a true psychological thriller but too much of the book is spent on Caroli...
  • Jay Dwight
    This is one tense psychological thriller. A slow build, with a story that goes in unexpected directions. Caroline is trying to reconnect with her husband after a miserable past few years together. They decide to house swap via a website for a cheap week's holiday. But things in the house and a text message take Caroline back to that dark period of her life she is trying to escape from.
  • Kate
    Oh dear, I was hoping for something more from this book. The synopsis really intrigued me; a house swap, with the main characters, Caroline and Francis trying to rebuild their marriage. The house that they go to seems impersonal, sparse, almost showing no signs of a life being lived there. But then Caroline starts noticing things that remind her of another time, and another person. Someone she doesn't need in her life now. And, if she is in their...
  • Jenny in Neverland
    Review to come!
  • Candice
    Thank you Penguin Random House for the advanced copy of this book - all opinions are my own.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 - th...
  • Jo
    The book is told in alternating POV chapters jumping back and forth in time over the course of a couple years: Caroline, at different times, an unidentified person at unidentified points in time, and Francis in the past. Francis and Caroline are a married couple who have decided to do a house swap with someone identified only as "S. Kennedy." The swap is supposed to be a holiday for the couple--an attempt to rebuild their relationship.I'm happy t...
  • Jane
    Thanks to Goodreads and Pamela Dorman books for this ARC.At first, I thought I had this book figured out and then realized I was 100% wrong. The affair between her and her co-worker was just one part of this plot. Her marriage was shaky due in part to her husband's addiction to pills and they decide to house swap and take a holiday as they say in England. The house they stay in is not whose she thought it is and the person who is staying in their...
  • Maria
    This is a disturbing but addictive psychological thriller that will keep you up all night.First of all, if you are planning for a house swap this summer, keep this book till you return, because after reading it maybe you will re-think about it... Sorry!This story is told between the past and the present of Caroline and Francis marriage, when the things were difficult and the secrets started; and the present, were they are trying to reconnect and ...
  • Mindy Tysinger
    Definitely a thriller. Caroline and her husband engage in a house swap but Caroline soon finds out things are not on the up and up. Going back and forth between present and two years previous, you begin to see a tale of deception. The question at heart, who did she really swap houses with. It makes me realize I’m never going to do a house swap. Creepy!
  • Olya
    I received an ARC of this book through Penguin First to Read-thank you!It took me a while to get into this book. I don't think it's fair to call it a thriller-it's more of a drama. The plot was unique, though, and I really liked the second half of the book. The emotions were powerful and written so well. I wish the first half was a little shorter, but overall, it was a good read.
  • Melanie Johnson
    What happens when you swap houses with someone from the internet and then find out that they might know more about some of your secrets than you anticipate? Really enjoyed this novel by Rebecca Fleet. I couldn't put it down. A great beach read for the summer!
  • Annette
    I thought this book was very good especially as it was the authors first book. It was written from three different perspectives but easy to follow and flowed from one to the other. It's perhaps not quite the nail biting tingles down the spine psychological thriller that I am used to but I still think it is worthy of 4*
  • Sue Frances
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    ARC from first to read. File this under: life’s too short to force myself read books that don’t interest me.
  • Nona
    Could not put down! Couple recovering from a troubled marriage swaps houses with a stranger for a short getaway vacation. Slowly they discover that the stranger knows much more about them than they can imagine.