“No list of thrillers is complete without Robyn Harding,” proclaims Real Simple. Now the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Party delivers a riveting tale about the toxic relationship between two couples after a night of sexual shenanigans, and the manipulative teenager with an explosive secret at the center of it all.
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.
Robyn Harding brings her acclaimed storytelling, lauded as “fast-paced, thrilling, gut-wrenching” by Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six, to this dark and suspenseful thriller for fans of Megan Miranda and Lisa Jewell.
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.
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Slow burn thriller that will keep you guessing!
“The whole mess seemed unfathomable. How had one night of fun and debauchery upended our lives?”
To put it lightly The Swap was stress inducing. I’m pretty sure I woke my husband up tapping my foot in bed while reading this book. Reading about Low, Freya, Max, Jamie, and Brian put me through the ringer. From the cover you think that this story is about a couple swap. From the blurb you assume it’s about a swap gone wrong and the imposing teenager who sees it all happen, but that’s simplifying this book to its most base form. The Swap explores how all of these people can move around and be affected by one person. How one person can puppet master an entire cast of characters without a single one of them being aware of what’s going down. It was intriguing and interesting seeing how it all plays out. Was I stressed out until the very last page? Yes. Were some things extremely obvious to the reader? Yes. BUT... it was still a ride seeing characters realize things over the course of the book.
Such a good thrilling read, and I definitely plan to check out more of this authors work.