Book Review: The House Swap, by Rebecca Fleet

Long time no see! I've been busy, too busy to blog. But I am still reading, always. 

So without further ado, here is what I thought of The House Swap, by Rebecca Fleet.

A couple having what seems to be a rough patch decides to take a weeklong getaway without their son. To save money, they decide to opt for a house swap. Little do they know that nothing is what it seems. 

The first half of this book didn't captivate me at all. It felt like it dragged on, was a little cryptic and didn't seem to set any kind of useful background for the rest of the story.
I was expecting to be immediately enthralled in a gone-girl-type of mystery novel, so this was a bit of a letdown, but I persisted with the book.

The second half is much more interesting and explores the difficulties the couple is facing, as well as the mysteries surrounding the house swap. Without giving too much away, I did find that the main protagonists were not relatable at all, and much of the personal drama behind the story felt very self-indulgent.

The author jumps back and forth between present and past, following both the path that led the heroin there, and what that very same path set in motion. While not groundbreakingly original, this allowed for a more dynamic rhythm.

Overall, this was a "meh" book for me. Entertaining if you stick with it and make it past the first half, and there are a few surprising plot twists, but I think a more relatable main character would've gone a long way.

This book was sent to me for review purposes. As always, the thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. 


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