The Swap by Robyn Harding
Genre: Domestic Thriller
Publisher: Gallery/Scott Press
Publication Date: June 23, 2020
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Book Summary: Low Morrison is not your average teen. You could blame her hippie parents or her looming height or her dreary, isolated hometown on an island in the Pacific Northwest. But whatever the reason, Low just doesn’t fit in—and neither does Freya, an ethereal beauty and once-famous social media influencer who now owns the local pottery studio.
After signing up for a class, Low quickly falls under Freya’s spell. And Freya, buoyed by Low’s adoration, is compelled to share her darkest secrets and deepest desires. Finally, both feel a sense of belonging…that is, until Jamie walks through the studio door. Desperate for a baby, she and her husband have moved to the island hoping that the healthy environment will result in a pregnancy. Freya and Jamie become fast friends, as do their husbands, leaving Low alone once again.
Then one night, after a boozy dinner party, Freya suggests swapping partners. It should have been a harmless fling between consenting adults, one night of debauchery that they would put behind them, but instead, it upends their lives. And provides Low the perfect opportunity to unleash her growing resentment.
Book Review: Obsession is a hell of a drug. Awakening someone’s desire could be a dangerous game, if not played right. The moment teenage Low comes in contact with the strikingly beautiful Freya; she is spellbound. Low’s mission is to become Freya’s primary friend, except when Jaime walks in, resentment starts to fester. One drunken night, Freya and Jaime swap husbands, leaving in its wake a whirlwind of deceit. With the wrong decision and a weakened structure, how will these lives be changed forever?⠀⠀
Written in multiple POV’s, Robyn Harding did an outstanding job in building well-thought-out roles with an erotically driven plot. Still, even with the dynamic storyline, I found myself disassociating with everyone’s fixation over Freya. Her narcissistic personality was evident from the start, yet nobody wanted to see it. It takes a seasoned author to write unlikeable characters, but still manage to keep the suspense moving.⠀⠀
Low, I have to say, was an unusually entertaining part of the narrative. At times, I felt terrible for how people dismissed her, and in other scenes, she was creepy and insane. I enjoyed Low as a whole and the rollercoaster of emotions that she bestowed along the way.⠀⠀
THE SWAP was a complex domestic thriller with an easy-to-read premise. I recommend you pick this one up if you’re looking for a crafty novel with one surprising ending.
My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
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