The Swap is a fast-paced domestic thriller that kept me riveted to the pages. If you’re looking for a summer read that will grab you, immerse you in the characters’ lives, and make you appreciate your own life, this book is sure to please.
This book had me from the very first page. I am always intrigued by people’s relationships, whether it’s friendship, romantic, marital, or familial, and The Swap touched on all of them. The one common word that comes to mind when I think about the relationships in this book is toxic. To each his/her own, whatever floats your boat, whatever makes you happy is what I believe, but if I’m being honest, I’m not really sure that any of these characters had a healthy relationship with anyone in this novel. With that being said, I was quite happy to live within the pages of their dysfunction. The characters were fascinating in all of their flawed glory.
The chapters alternated between the perspectives of four of the characters. These varying points of view added to my overall enjoyment of this novel, however, one character's perspective was not included, and that certainly added to the intrigue. The story moved ahead quickly without ever losing its momentum or my attention. I was always looking forward to diving back into this novel to find out what was going to happen to this intimate group of characters. Their lives were interwoven, manipulated, damaged, tested, and as a reader I felt like a voyeur bearing witness to it all as it transpired.
The Swap was an entertaining novel that I thoroughly enjoyed. Robyn Harding’s other books have found a home on my must-read list, and I’m looking forward to getting acquainted with more of her characters.