The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet

The House Swap

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 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 house–signs of her life. The flowers in the bathroom or the music might seem innocent to anyone else–but 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…

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So, so disappointed with this one. There are so many amazing reviews out there for The House Swap and my Aunt highly recommended it,  but I just didn’t like it.

The House Swap is a different novel than what I normally read. I typically read a murder mystery type book where you need to solve who is the killer. In this novel, there was no dead bodies piling up and no killer that you didn’t to investigate. It was about guessing who Caroline and Francis swapped houses with and what happened in the past that would lead to this situation.

I didn’t like Caroline and Francis, especially Caroline. I understand that the past scenes were a difficult time in her marriage, but I didn’t agree with her actions. I also wasn’t a big fan of her in the present day. I found that I couldn’t connect with her so I found that I didn’t have much sympathy or compassion towards her.

2 calculators out of a potential 5. Sadly disappointed with this one.

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