So I actually found myself slightly ahead with my blog tour reading (I know it’s shocking) so I looked at my Netgalley shelf and with a little help from Eva and Zoe I managed to decide on The House Swap. Thanks ladies xx.
Before we check out my review let’s take a look at the description for the book…
ABOUT THE BOOK
When Caroline and Francis receive an offer to house swap, they jump at the chance for a week away from home. After the difficulties of the past few years, they’ve worked hard to rebuild their marriage for their son’s sake; now they want to reconnect as a couple.
On arrival, they find a house that is stark and sinister in its emptiness – it’s hard to imagine what kind of person lives here. Then, gradually, Caroline begins to uncover some signs of life – signs of her life. The flowers in the bathroom or the music in the CD player might seem innocent to her husband but to her they are anything but. It seems the person they have swapped with is someone she used to know; someone she’s desperate to leave in her past.
But that person is now in her home – and they want to make sure she’ll never forget . . .
The House Swap is an interesting one, mainly because it really felt as if I was a fly on the wall looking in on Francis and Caroline’s marriage. You see straight away that things aren’t perfect with secrets that are just waiting to be revealed and I was very curious to see what would happen along the way. Now I wouldn’t necessarily class The House Swap as an outright thriller it probably has more of a hint of family drama about it. What I will say is that there was something about it that caught my attention making me turn those pages.
In this story we meet Caroline and Francis as they decide to take part in a house swap however this is just the beginning and some trouble is heading straight for them. The House Swap is a definite slow burner mainly due to the fact that the reader is drip fed information over two timelines, one being 2013 the other 2015. However because the story plays out this way you do get a good feel for Caroline’s character especially in regards to her marriage. I wouldn’t say that the characters were likeable because they definitely have flaws! However this never bothered me and I just kept on turning those pages wondering what would happen next.
Some parts of the story are told from an unknown perspective and these snippets are certainly unnerving I thought these parts were a great addition. They added that all important tension along with making me question things such as was I really seeing all of the information or was I being misled. The House Swap had a growing tension, drama between the characters and plenty of secrets revealed along the way!