- Expected 8 Jul 2020
Low Morrison is not your average teen. You could blame her hippie parents or her dreary, isolated island hometown. Whatever the reason, Low just doesn’t fit in – and neither does newcomer Freya, an ethereal beauty and once-famous social media influencer.
After signing up for Freya’s pottery class, Low quickly falls under her spell. Buoyed by Low’s adoration, Freya is compelled to share her darkest secrets and deepest desires. Finally, Low feels a sense of belonging ... until Jamie walks through the studio door. Freya, Jamie and their husbands become fast friends, 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, but instead, it upends their lives.
And provides Low with the perfect opportunity to unleash her growing resentment.
‘Harding has outdone herself with The Swap. This is a provocative, edgy thriller. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on it … you don’t.’ Samantha Downing, author of My Lovely Wife
'Gripping from the first line, The Swap is a wickedly delicious, addictive, utterly compelling read about obsession, toxic relationships, and dangerous secrets. I devoured every dark, twisted word until the last explosive scene. An absolute must-read, this suspense will shock and rivet readers through each masterful page.' Samantha M. Bailey, bestselling author of Woman on the Edge
'Harding conjures a dark, inescapable feeling of intimidation on [s] remote island astir with gossip and lies . . . [Her] tale will please readers who enjoy delving into the details of a character’s personality and motivations, considering how past and present choices shape the future, and how private actions in a relationship are different from public displays.' Booklist
'[A] convincing tale of obsession and celebrity worship . . . In this intense character study, the veneer of each person cracks . . . Fans of psychological thrillers will be satisfied.' Publishers Weekly
'Nearly everyone in this passion play becomes delightfully unhinged in the end . . . Dangerously addictive.' Kirkus Reviews
Lonely, awkward high school senior Low Morrison, one of the leads in this convincing tale of obsession and celebrity worship from Harding (The Arrangement), becomes enchanted with her school's new pottery teacher, the charismatic, beautiful Freya Light, who has recently moved to Hawking, an island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, a former hockey player who accidentally paralyzed an opponent during a game. The sports scandal also ended Freya's career as an Instagram influencer, which she's desperate to regain. Flattered by Low's adoration, Freya shares her dark secrets with Low, who believes they have a "soul connection." Low becomes uncontrollably jealous when Freya gets close to Jamie Vincent, who just moved to the island with her husband, Brian, to heal emotionally after an adoption scam. Following a night of "magic mushrooms," Freya suggests swapping partners with the Vincents, which has unexpected consequences. In this intense character study, the veneer of each person cracks, and Freya's propensity for violence erupts. Fans of psychological thrillers will be satisfied.