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Review: The Swap by Robyn Harding

Release Date: June 23rd

Summary from Goodreads:

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.


I was over the moon when I was accepted on NetGalley for Robyn Harding’s latest thriller. I’ve read almost all of Harding’s thrillers and will keep reading them! I enjoy her writing style and once again found myself loving her writing and plot building in this newest thriller coming out late June.

The novel follows Low, a teenager obsessed with Freya, a pottery teacher who has complex relationships with her husband and her couple friends, Jamie and Brian. The novel dives into the point of view of each character as everything starts to crumple around them.

The plot and conclusion were pretty interesting and I did think that Harding did a great job of crafting an original concept. I did find the bit twists a big predictable but still enjoyed the read.

I felt some disconnect with the plot because of the constantly changing of the character’s point of view. I think the suspense and twists would have been better for me if it followed only one of the characters. I also struggled to like most of the characters or root for any of them besides Jamie.

I recommend checking out this newest and well-written thriller from Harding! I also suggest checking out her earlier titles.


4 Stars Out of 5 Stars


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