Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Release Date: June 23, 2020
Genre: Adult Fiction / Thriller
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.
Song/s the book brought to mind: Addicted by Kelly Clarkson
If you are into books about toxic relationships and obsession then this is the book for you. I know I have said this about other books, but it definitely applies to The Swap, it was like watching a wreck and not being able to look away. It is full of drama, manipulation, and lies, and you just can’t put it down until you see how this ride will end. I didn’t find any of the characters to be all that likable although Jamie did come close for me, and I felt bad for Freya’s husband Max at times. Low is a wreck in herself, and so many disturbing things are thought by that girl.
I was really impressed by the fast pace of the novel and that made it even harder for me to put down. I managed to speed through The Swap in just a few short hours so this is definitely a one sitting, binge-worthy read. I loved Harding’s writing style and I am going to have to stop putting off reading her backlist. The only reason I didn’t give this all the stars is because the end didn’t really surprise me all that much, although I did let out a slight gasp at one point.
I think that The Swap would make a lovely book to go into blindly so I will stop my review here. Just know, if you are a fan of Harding or even someone just looking for a fast read, I highly recommend this to you!
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5
Thank you to the publisher for my advance review copy via NetGalley. All opinions and thoughts are my own.