BOOK REVIEW – The Swap by Robyn Harding

The Swap

Expected publication: June 23rd, 2020 by Gallery/Scout Press

 

A dark and intriguing story. A wild ride!!

17-year-old, Swallow (Low) Morrison is graduating in three months but she could care less about prom, parties, or even college. As usual, Low is sitting by herself the day Freya Light walks into the high school and posts an advertisement for pottery classes. Low feels a magnetic pull towards this woman. She texts Freya about the classes. It takes a while but Freya finally responds saying classes start the following Monday.

This woman is going to change her life in a big way.

Soon Mondays are Low’s favorite day of the week. Every Monday she heads to Freya’s after school. Freya is patient and encouraging when teaching pottery to Low.  She tells Low how much she enjoys her company.

“Her attention nourished me“

Freya loves the fact that Low so obviously adores her.

Freya and her husband, Max moved to Hawking after a very public incident turned everyone they knew against them.  They’ve had to deal with a lot of online and real-life harassment.

Jamie Vincent and her husband, Brian also moved to Hawking for a fresh start. Jamie and Freya became friends and their friendship quickly became Janie’s lifeline. They went out regularly and even their husbands got along.  One night while partying a suggestion is made that takes them places they never expected.  We all knew what we were getting into. At least we thought we did“.  There’s some confusion about what actually happened that night. However, there is one person who knows exactly what happened.

It seemed like that night was going to haunt them forever.

Whoa!

I flew through this clever and unique novel.

I thought this was a great read. The story is told from multiple perspectives. We learn a lot about Low and her home life. We also learn about Freya and Jamie and their past and backgrounds. The characters were well-developed and though I may not have liked some of them (and occasionally felt the need to shout at them), they were definitely memorable. There were many intense moments that had my heart beating double time.
A thrilling and intense story about jealousy, sexuality, obsession, and toxic relationships.

I’d like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

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