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The Swap begins when Nicole Lewis, young woman living in Los Angeles, arranges a summer-long swap of her condo for a London couple’s house. She thinks it’s the perfect arrangement. She’s always dreamed of seeing the real London, not just the tourist spots. She’ll be able to accompany her husband, Brad, on his out-of-town work as a trouble-shooter for his company. It will a The Swap begins when Nicole Lewis, young woman living in Los Angeles, arranges a summer-long swap of her condo for a London couple’s house. She thinks it’s the perfect arrangement. She’s always dreamed of seeing the real London, not just the tourist spots. She’ll be able to accompany her husband, Brad, on his out-of-town work as a trouble-shooter for his company. It will also give her a chance to keep an eye on Brenda, Brad’s assistant, who seems to be getting a little too chummy with her boss. But things don’t turn out the way Nicole expects. Within a couple of days, she discovers that Freddy and Muriel Lowry, the Londoners, failed to arrive in L.A. and appear to be missing. Then people start following her and making threats, demanding information she doesn’t have. Nicole realizes she’s in serious trouble. But she can’t get Brad—busy working—or the police to believe her. Somehow, it’s up to her to extricate herself from the mess the Lowrys have left behind.


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The Swap begins when Nicole Lewis, young woman living in Los Angeles, arranges a summer-long swap of her condo for a London couple’s house. She thinks it’s the perfect arrangement. She’s always dreamed of seeing the real London, not just the tourist spots. She’ll be able to accompany her husband, Brad, on his out-of-town work as a trouble-shooter for his company. It will a The Swap begins when Nicole Lewis, young woman living in Los Angeles, arranges a summer-long swap of her condo for a London couple’s house. She thinks it’s the perfect arrangement. She’s always dreamed of seeing the real London, not just the tourist spots. She’ll be able to accompany her husband, Brad, on his out-of-town work as a trouble-shooter for his company. It will also give her a chance to keep an eye on Brenda, Brad’s assistant, who seems to be getting a little too chummy with her boss. But things don’t turn out the way Nicole expects. Within a couple of days, she discovers that Freddy and Muriel Lowry, the Londoners, failed to arrive in L.A. and appear to be missing. Then people start following her and making threats, demanding information she doesn’t have. Nicole realizes she’s in serious trouble. But she can’t get Brad—busy working—or the police to believe her. Somehow, it’s up to her to extricate herself from the mess the Lowrys have left behind.

30 review for The Swap

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Nicole and her husband Brad have arranged a house swap for the summer while Brad is working in London. Except the London couple never arrive at Nicole and Brad's house in LA and not long after they arrive in London strange things start happening to Nicole. First someone breaks into the house and then she is followed by a couple of thugs and threatened. The police aren't very helpful and neither is Brad who seems distracted by work so Nicole is left to work out what is happening herself. This was Nicole and her husband Brad have arranged a house swap for the summer while Brad is working in London. Except the London couple never arrive at Nicole and Brad's house in LA and not long after they arrive in London strange things start happening to Nicole. First someone breaks into the house and then she is followed by a couple of thugs and threatened. The police aren't very helpful and neither is Brad who seems distracted by work so Nicole is left to work out what is happening herself. This was an engaging mystery with plenty of twists and turns, some classic bad guys and a handsome undercover cop. Also plenty of action with kidnappings and explosions as Nicole inadvertently gets mixed up with some very nasty criminals. With thanks to NetGalley and Light Messages Publishing for a copy of the book to read and review

  2. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    It all sounded good in theory: when Nicole’s husband Brad is offered a short working stint in England with an IT company over summer, Nicole thinks that it would be the perfect opportunity to break routine and rekindle their marriage. The plan is to swap homes with Frederick and Muriel Lowry, a couple Brad has had contact with through his work. However, soon after their arrival in London, Nicole is having serious doubts as to whether this was a good idea. Brad is more distant and distracted than It all sounded good in theory: when Nicole’s husband Brad is offered a short working stint in England with an IT company over summer, Nicole thinks that it would be the perfect opportunity to break routine and rekindle their marriage. The plan is to swap homes with Frederick and Muriel Lowry, a couple Brad has had contact with through his work. However, soon after their arrival in London, Nicole is having serious doubts as to whether this was a good idea. Brad is more distant and distracted than usual, and she is experiencing some strange incidents in the Lowry’s home, which scare her. When she is threatened by thugs looking for the Lowrys, who supposedly owe money to someone who will not stop at anything to get even, she discovers that the couple have never actually arrived in the US as arranged. Worst of all, Brad is refusing to take her seriously, putting her fears down to jetlag and paranoia. Soon things escalate and Nicole is finding herself on the run – from the thugs, the police and her husband. The premise of the story – a house-swap gone terribly wrong – was intriguing and I found myself quickly drawn into the book as our unsuspecting couple arrives in London only to find that the house is not what they were expecting. However, the rest of the book was a bit of a mixed bag for me. It was interesting to find out that the author, Nancy Boyarsky, has a background as editor and writer of textbooks and political articles, because it is obvious that she can write well. However, I think that this explains some of the problems I had with the story – at times it read a bit too factual and dry, with stilted dialogue, telling instead of showing and inconsistencies with character development. This may just be due to The Swap being a debut novel in quite a different genre than the author is used to. Personally, I also felt that Boyarski was trying to pack too many twists and turns into the story (Nicole is like a little spinning top – she never stays in one place for longer than 5 minutes), which at times made it choppy and frustrating to follow. Then, running out of time, there were whole “summary” paragraphs condensing numerous events into a few explanatory sentences, rather than letting them play out. Despite plenty of action and a fairly tense cat-and-mouse game, I felt a bit put off by some clichés used in character development, and found it difficult to connect with Nicole, who I felt lacked emotional depth (as did her relationships). Seeing that this is the first of a series, I am hoping that Nicole’s character will evolve over time and develop a bit more personality. As long as Nicole can pull off the plucky female investigator role, I think the series has a lot of potential. As for now, I remain sitting on the fence ... Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free electronic copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. *blog* *facebook*

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marjolein

    2.5 Stars Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com All the reviews I found on this book were super positive, but I was less charmed. Mostly because I couldn't see how this book was any different from at least a dozen or more books I read before. Nicole swaps her house in California for one in London for the summer to be able to see the real London and accompany her husband, who's working in London. Almost as soon as she arrives, weird things start happening, and why are the Lowr 2.5 Stars Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com All the reviews I found on this book were super positive, but I was less charmed. Mostly because I couldn't see how this book was any different from at least a dozen or more books I read before. Nicole swaps her house in California for one in London for the summer to be able to see the real London and accompany her husband, who's working in London. Almost as soon as she arrives, weird things start happening, and why are the Lowrys, whom they switched homes with, not answering their phones... While it started out quite interesting, near the end it was filled with every cliché ever. The villain really was one dimensional (if he even had a single dimension), and the other bad guys were caricatures. The ending was too dramatic all together (and something I'd seen before already). Because the start actually wasn't that bad and I could see some real potential (this could have been a really good book but for the turn it took), still 2.5 stars, but I wouldn't really recommend it. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    The Swap: A Mystery by Nancy Boyarsky is a fun mystery book. It is not quite a cozy mystery but it is also not a suspense or mystery thriller (just a very good mystery). Nicole and Brad Lewis are flying to London for the summer. Brad’s office has sent him across the pond to handle an acquisition. Nicole insisted on going with Brad because she felt that they need the time together, not apart, to work on their marriage. They arranged to swap houses with a couple named Lowry. The Lowry’s would live The Swap: A Mystery by Nancy Boyarsky is a fun mystery book. It is not quite a cozy mystery but it is also not a suspense or mystery thriller (just a very good mystery). Nicole and Brad Lewis are flying to London for the summer. Brad’s office has sent him across the pond to handle an acquisition. Nicole insisted on going with Brad because she felt that they need the time together, not apart, to work on their marriage. They arranged to swap houses with a couple named Lowry. The Lowry’s would live in the Lewis’ condo in LA while the Lewis lived in the Lowry’s home in Cheswick. Nicole starts having trouble from the moment they land at Heathrow. First she is missing a suitcase, then someone breaks into the house and locks Nicole in the bathroom, and then she is attacked at the museum. This is just the beginning of Nicole’s adventure in the United Kingdom. Nicole is determined to find out what happened to the Lowry’s (who never showed up in LA) and why someone keeps trying to kidnap her. Read The Swap: A Mystery to find out what happens to Nicole and the solution to the mystery! Happy Reading!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Susan Bissell

    If you are looking for a good book to read you have found it here with this book! It has everything you ever wanted in a good mystery. The story starts out like a vacation any bad vacation, one of Nicole's suitcase turns up missing at the airport, then she and her husband get to the place where they are staying and it looks like a dump from the outside, but it gets better as they get inside the house and start to look around, it's not so bad if you don't count the horrid painting in the dining r If you are looking for a good book to read you have found it here with this book! It has everything you ever wanted in a good mystery. The story starts out like a vacation any bad vacation, one of Nicole's suitcase turns up missing at the airport, then she and her husband get to the place where they are staying and it looks like a dump from the outside, but it gets better as they get inside the house and start to look around, it's not so bad if you don't count the horrid painting in the dining room and the drab colors for the interior. Hoping this vacation will help her troubled marriage things are not getting off to a good start, Nicole's husband runs off to work right away, plus there is the problem of his assistant he insists bring to this job in London that has the hots for her husband. Nicole tries to make the best of everything by deciding to do some sightseeing in London, but before she knows it someone is following her and they look like trouble! From there on Nicole's life is turned upside down, she is stalked harassed, assaulted, and that is in the first week of her staying in London. You will enjoy the cat and mouse game Nicole starts playing with her nasty looking stalkers all over London. In the meanwhile, she is trying to figure out why these men are after her, but it all goes back to the house they are swapping with the couple who owns the house and what they were involved in before Nicole and her husband moved in for the summer. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Linda Diaz

    Nicole Lewis finds herself in a predicament. After Nicole and Brad Lewis from Los Angeles swap houses with Fredrick and Muriel Lowry in London, their world unravels. Brad is a little shady, to say the least. He is a computer executive who his own business in electronic funding on the side. Oh yes, and before I forget, he is also cheating on Nicole. From the start, Nicole meets Inspector Richard H. Reinhardt, who is searching for Fredrick Lowry. The tenant in the Lowry's home, Alice McConnehy, see Nicole Lewis finds herself in a predicament. After Nicole and Brad Lewis from Los Angeles swap houses with Fredrick and Muriel Lowry in London, their world unravels. Brad is a little shady, to say the least. He is a computer executive who his own business in electronic funding on the side. Oh yes, and before I forget, he is also cheating on Nicole. From the start, Nicole meets Inspector Richard H. Reinhardt, who is searching for Fredrick Lowry. The tenant in the Lowry's home, Alice McConnehy, seems to always vanish. At every turn, Nicole is in danger, from a car bomb to an explosion on a boat. Her marriage is also in danger from Brad's infidelity with a ditzy co-worker to his illegal venture company that could lead to jail time. But the question still remains as to why Nicole is being targeted by a drug kingpin. We travel with Nicole trying to escape thugs on the London Underground to the Isle of Benbarra in Scotland. The authorities and everyone else in Nicole's life do not believe she will be harmed. But she bravely investigates in hopes of finding the truth because the police seem to be incompetent. Nicole's life has twists and turns at every corner! However, she is more aware of her surrounding, of the world she really lives in. I can't wait for Nicole's next chapter! I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Nicole, is an American who will be staying for 3 weeks in a big house in London, not for holidays but to try to save her marriage with Brad. When some frightening things start to happen around her, she only wants to return home and divorce Brad. Visiting London is one of my favourite pleasures, and staying there for 3 weeks would be my dream. I made a few swap houses in my life, some are better than others of course, but I was never so unlucky like Nicole to end in a house like the Lowry's! I love Nicole, is an American who will be staying for 3 weeks in a big house in London, not for holidays but to try to save her marriage with Brad. When some frightening things start to happen around her, she only wants to return home and divorce Brad. Visiting London is one of my favourite pleasures, and staying there for 3 weeks would be my dream. I made a few swap houses in my life, some are better than others of course, but I was never so unlucky like Nicole to end in a house like the Lowry's! I love reading a book that allows you to make your own plots on your head while you are reading it... Is Brad behind the bomb explosion? Who are the Lowry's? Why is Alice so frightened? Is Reinhart who he says he is? And knowing that maybe the author will make a twist on the next page and everything you planned could not be... I recommend you to follow Nancy Boyarsky books, they are enjoyable everywhere, even so making swap houses! And finding a good mystery with twists and an interesting plot is the best way to start the new year. So, in your next travel, would you choose a hotel or swapping houses?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ryn

    Mm. I know a lot of people liked this book, but I found it annoying. Annoying because the main character seemed daft (constantly losing things), pretentious (spending a lot of money) and kind of without thought; seeking out danger and trying to 'hide' but always being found by the goof criminals that had the name of Kevin and Chazz (names that sound like great guys who live next door and play soccer). If anyone went to as much work as the author did in trying to get Nicole 'lost by all the disgu Mm. I know a lot of people liked this book, but I found it annoying. Annoying because the main character seemed daft (constantly losing things), pretentious (spending a lot of money) and kind of without thought; seeking out danger and trying to 'hide' but always being found by the goof criminals that had the name of Kevin and Chazz (names that sound like great guys who live next door and play soccer). If anyone went to as much work as the author did in trying to get Nicole 'lost by all the disguises and changing of trains and doubling back and hiding, we'd normally lose the bad guys. But not Nicole - always walking into the problem over and over and over. I wanted to like the book. I really, really did. I loved the idea of the house swap and the intrigue about what her husband was up to (sounded like it was really going to be explosive and connected to the big drama, but in the end, wasn't really the big reveal I thought...) Yeah, just didn't like it. I kept reading to see if the end was good, but I was just not impressed at all. Sorry. Really truly. For those who liked it, good, but I found it a let down.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    The Swap is the kind of mystery thriller that really kept me guessing. Nicole has gone to London with her husband, doing a swap where they stay in a London couple’s home while they stay in her condo in the US. But soon after she arrives in London, strange things begin to happen; a strange man confronts her outside the house, she feels like she is being watched, and then someone breaks in while she is home. Unfortunately, the police don’t listen to her, and her husband seems more into his secreta The Swap is the kind of mystery thriller that really kept me guessing. Nicole has gone to London with her husband, doing a swap where they stay in a London couple’s home while they stay in her condo in the US. But soon after she arrives in London, strange things begin to happen; a strange man confronts her outside the house, she feels like she is being watched, and then someone breaks in while she is home. Unfortunately, the police don’t listen to her, and her husband seems more into his secretary, and dismisses Nicole’s concerns. Nicole tries to figure out exactly why she is in danger. I really liked the home swap premise of this story. It felt like it really made it believable that Nicole could fall into something very complex and dangerous, due to mistaken identity. The author also did a great job of keeping me guessing throughout the story, which I appreciated This all made for story that I had to keep reading to see what was really going on. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    The Swap was a quick read because it was a hard to put down book! What started as a house swap summer vacation in London turned into an intriguing mystery. Danger was not what Nicole expected from her trip, but she found plenty. It was well written with lots of suspense and a mystery I couldn't figure out. The author did a great job with lots of twists and turns to make me as paranoid as the main character! It was a fast paced story that had you questioning each character and what their motives w The Swap was a quick read because it was a hard to put down book! What started as a house swap summer vacation in London turned into an intriguing mystery. Danger was not what Nicole expected from her trip, but she found plenty. It was well written with lots of suspense and a mystery I couldn't figure out. The author did a great job with lots of twists and turns to make me as paranoid as the main character! It was a fast paced story that had you questioning each character and what their motives were. Good guy...bad guy? Read this book and find out. I highly recommend this exciting mystery and look forward to reading more from this author! * I received an ARC from the publisher and NetGalley. I voluntarily reviewed this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Gratefully received an ARC copy of this excellent book, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It took me on a trip back to the UK which added to my enjoyment, enabling me to easily visualize the surroundings described. The mystery itself kept me intrigued and unable to put the book down! A few years ago I would have thought the evolving situation was somewhat far-fetched, but not today, as the risk of terrorism has indeed changed innocence of life and the story therefore was quite believable. Mysteries are Gratefully received an ARC copy of this excellent book, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It took me on a trip back to the UK which added to my enjoyment, enabling me to easily visualize the surroundings described. The mystery itself kept me intrigued and unable to put the book down! A few years ago I would have thought the evolving situation was somewhat far-fetched, but not today, as the risk of terrorism has indeed changed innocence of life and the story therefore was quite believable. Mysteries are not my usual genre to enjoy, but this read was well worth stepping outside my usual comfort zone.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Clynes

    Nicole Graves engages in a summer long house swap of her Los Angeles condo with a strangers’ house in London. What could possibly go wrong? The Swap is told from Nicole’s point of view, an American staying in Britain. In her own style she forms opinions of the British way of life and her spelling is American English. So it was quite funny for me being British, living and working in Britain, reading a book set in Britain BUT written by an American, centred around an American character using Americ Nicole Graves engages in a summer long house swap of her Los Angeles condo with a strangers’ house in London. What could possibly go wrong? The Swap is told from Nicole’s point of view, an American staying in Britain. In her own style she forms opinions of the British way of life and her spelling is American English. So it was quite funny for me being British, living and working in Britain, reading a book set in Britain BUT written by an American, centred around an American character using American English spelling! Still, I would NOT allow the cultural and spelling differences to spoil my enjoyment of this book. So I started this book with an open mind. And WOW! Right from the start, this book is a cracker! The Swap is a psychological thriller, not only is Nicole having doubts about everyone around her but these doubts niggle the reader big time as warning flags fly up on every page. Who can be trusted and can Nicole muddle through her summer in London? I really engaged with this story and it got my mind buzzing. Everybody Nicole came into contact with, including her husband Brad, had my suspicions raised. Was everybody in this tale dodgy? I found the pace of this novel good and the plot was very involved indeed. I liked all the little hints here and there, this doesn’t seem right and that doesn’t seem right. The story made me alert to all those little details as Nicole muddled around. I found it nice that Nancy has done her homework on London and has used real locations for her story. It is one of my pet hates when authors use real place names but invent the local scenes. Many things within the story made me chuckle for example… She took the tube to Harrods. By the time she got there is was almost 3:30 p.m., and she remembered she hadn’t eaten since breakfast. She sought out the escalator and headed up to the enormous dining room. The sign read “Afternoon Tea; £29.” Why not? ...Gosh! Woman, £29 for an afternoon tea! Why not live like a local and pop into Greggs or Wetherspoons? ...And also this brought back memories… The she remembered what Muriel had explained in one of her messages. The car had a choke she was supposed to pull out as she started the engine. Or was she supposed to push it in? She stared at it a moment, then jumped at the sound of someone tapping on the car window. ...Oh that brings back memories, old petrol engined cars with a manual choke. I doubt if there are any petrol cars in London nowadays so old that they have a manual choke fitted to a carburettor, as most petrol cars are now petrol injected. Things have come on a long way in the last 30 or 40 years. I remember the old days when you used to push the cold start button in on the right hand side of the injector pump to start a Ford R114 coach - these turbo powered diesel engines produced 140bhp - don’t laugh, they were always better to drive than a Bedford YMT. ...Then I found an American expression that we do not have but would be more word efficient for us to use… On the other side, the card offered a twofer coupon for an Indian restaurant. ...Ah? A “twofer” - oh, yes, I get it now, a two for one coupon! The Swap is a contemporary novel set in present day London, however… In the kitchen, she sat down at the table and dumped out the contents of the purse-her wallet, makeup case, a few loose coins, a pack of Kleenex. Next, she emptied the wallet, pulling out her dwindling supply of pound notes, receipts, credit cards. No slip of paper. ...Sorry Nancy, but pound notes were withdrawn from circulation in 1988. But that would be nitpicking and takes nothing away from my enjoyment of The Swap. I loved reading The Swap and found it a pleasure to read. I can find nothing wrong with this book, so it gets the top score of 5 stars from me. The Swap is Nancy’s debut novel and she ticks all the boxes for me. I look forward to reading another novel from her as she clearly has the talent to write an engaging and well plotted novel. The Swap was written in 2017 and is available as an Amazon Kindle eBook.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    Nicole and her husband Brad have arranged a house swap for the summer while Brad is working in London. Brad did not want Nicole to go with him on this trip, but she convinces him to allow her to accompany him to London. She has a list of all the things she wants to do when she arrives in London and Brad is at work. That doesn't happen. First, the London couple never arrive at Nicole and Brad's house in LA, someone breaks into the home where they are staying, and Nicole is threatened by two thugs Nicole and her husband Brad have arranged a house swap for the summer while Brad is working in London. Brad did not want Nicole to go with him on this trip, but she convinces him to allow her to accompany him to London. She has a list of all the things she wants to do when she arrives in London and Brad is at work. That doesn't happen. First, the London couple never arrive at Nicole and Brad's house in LA, someone breaks into the home where they are staying, and Nicole is threatened by two thugs in a local museum. The trouble does not stop there. The police aren't very helpful and neither is Brad who seems distracted by work so Nicole is left to work out what is happening herself. This is the classic house swap gone bad. It is also an engaging mystery with plenty of twists and turns, some classic bad guys and a handsome undercover cop. Also plenty of action with kidnappings and explosions as Nicole inadvertently gets mixed up with some very nasty criminals. Unfortunately, this book has a few niggles for me. There is too much happening involving a person who does not know the country at all. She is very naive and tends to believe what she is told by people she doesn't even know. She takes huge chances and travels all over the United Kingdom, being chased and followed. At now time does she go to the U.S. embassy, which pretty much anyone would do when the police do not give you much help. I am looking forward to the next book in this series to see if these things change and become a bit more believable as I really did like this gutsy amateur investigator. I listened to this book and the audio was quite well done. This quote from the author about the narrator says it all, “Jane Oppenheimer narrated my two mystery books for Audible, and I’m thrilled with the results. Not only does she have a beautiful and expressive voice, she’s able to convincingly switch to credible male voices and assume foreign accents. I highly recommend her.”

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bandit

    Can we just all agree that swaps are generally a terrible idea. How much faith do you have in (wo)mankind to trust them in your place unattended? How exactly do you relax in a stranger’s place knowing that there are strangers in yours? None of it sounds right, even in this day and age of shared economy. Or maybe I’m just too possessive and proprietary of my living space. Nah…swaps are still stupid and the least safe way to try on someone’s life. But then again Nicole Graves, the story’s protagon Can we just all agree that swaps are generally a terrible idea. How much faith do you have in (wo)mankind to trust them in your place unattended? How exactly do you relax in a stranger’s place knowing that there are strangers in yours? None of it sounds right, even in this day and age of shared economy. Or maybe I’m just too possessive and proprietary of my living space. Nah…swaps are still stupid and the least safe way to try on someone’s life. But then again Nicole Graves, the story’s protagonist, isn’t exactly a practical person, she orders meals she doesn’t eat for one thing, but seriously Nicole’s all about saving her marriage, so she invites herself on her spouse’s extended work trip to London, stays at the place they found via a swap arrangement and ends up almost immediately embroiled in a series of nefarious and dangerous goings on. So it’s a straight up thriller with some suspense, wherein my preference is with dark psychological stories. And even for what it is it’s sort of…bubbly? Cute? Maybe that’s just Nicole being all girly and never managing to get her mind of her romantic quandaries. The writing is decent enough, but neither the clichéd stories nor the clichéd characters really engage the interest. And of course, of course, it’s a first in the series. Nicole literally does an Ahhhnold in the end saying she’ll be back. Well, she’s on her own there. I’m definitely going to pass. There’s an audience for this sort of thing, these mindless thrillers with the can do ingénues, but why indulge mediocrity when there are so many options. For a Kindle freebie the quality was at least average, but as a lure for the series…not so much. And entirely too long for what it was.

  15. 4 out of 5

    April Wood

    Full Book Review: https://awellreadwomanblog.wordpress.... It took me forever (a year and a half) to get to this novel on my to-be-reviewed list which is such a shame! And of course when I did get to it, the story had me so wrapped up in its events, that I devoured it nearly immediately. I spent nearly my entire afternoon yesterday in my sunroom reading this novel – the strong breezes whipping my curtains around, and me all cozy on my couch with this great book – which was perfect because I wasn’ Full Book Review: https://awellreadwomanblog.wordpress.... It took me forever (a year and a half) to get to this novel on my to-be-reviewed list which is such a shame! And of course when I did get to it, the story had me so wrapped up in its events, that I devoured it nearly immediately. I spent nearly my entire afternoon yesterday in my sunroom reading this novel – the strong breezes whipping my curtains around, and me all cozy on my couch with this great book – which was perfect because I wasn’t feeling well and this was the perfect distraction. It’s amazing what a good book can do for the spirit! The Swap is a female-driven mystery tale with a new secret revealed with each turn of the page. A definite page turner, The Swap delivers on its promise as being a “Hitchkokian tale”. Part of what makes this story so suspenseful, is that she is in another country with completely different customs and ways of doing thing. She is essentially on her own and she has two choices: sink or swim. I loved Nicole right from the start. (BTW, I’m dying to read book 2, The Bequest, but will never get to it on my massive TBR list – unless of course the publisher would like to offer it to me for review… HINT HINT, HUGE GLARING HINT! Nicole is totally relate-able and at first, the story reads as a women’s-fiction. Soon, it becomes a mystery, and by the end, a thriller! It’s a total roller coaster ride. I was literally gripping the book as if I was on a roller coaster! I felt so frustrated for Nicole when no one would believe her. I could actually feel her anguish. The author did a great job expressing the emotions of the characters – specifically the main character, Nicole. I enjoyed living in her head for a little while.:) I also enjoyed Nicole’s transformation from page one until last. I rooted for her all along. She may have lost her “innocence” but she gained something much more powerful: her independence and the ability to take care of herself, no matter what the circumstance. – Whether it be standing up to her husband, or escaping the villain. I would recommend this novel to fans of women’s fiction, mysteries, and thrillers.

  16. 4 out of 5

    patrick Lorelli

    In this story, The Swap. Nicole Lewis arranges a swap of her and her husband Brad house in California for a place in London, where Brad will be working for the summer. Brad’s sectary comes also and that was not what she wanted, she wanted time at least a little time with her husband. After settling in the next day she finds out the Lowry’s did not make it to their home in California and also there was a problem with the car she left at the home. After speaking with the police from California she In this story, The Swap. Nicole Lewis arranges a swap of her and her husband Brad house in California for a place in London, where Brad will be working for the summer. Brad’s sectary comes also and that was not what she wanted, she wanted time at least a little time with her husband. After settling in the next day she finds out the Lowry’s did not make it to their home in California and also there was a problem with the car she left at the home. After speaking with the police from California she is contacted by Scotland Yard. She begins to take in her surroundings and starts to notice not only things in the home but also when she is out. She also surprises someone when she comes home early one day. This goes on for a while but she cannot get anyone to believe her so she starts her own investigation since her husband is not around. This takes her to the underground and into situations that she surprises herself in overcoming. A very good story with some twist and turns to keep you going as to what is happening. A good book. I got this book from net galley.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Layne

    The Swap is the perfect book for a rainy day. The pace reminds me of Hitchcock. A series of events propel Nicole through London as she attempts to regain normalcy in both her marriage and her life, but she's unable to extricate herself from the maelstrom the Lowrys' disappearance causes. The author's quick pace leaves room for her senses of humor and irony, and her writing style pulled me into the immediacy of each scene. I forgot I was reading and started living Nicole's predicament. The relati The Swap is the perfect book for a rainy day. The pace reminds me of Hitchcock. A series of events propel Nicole through London as she attempts to regain normalcy in both her marriage and her life, but she's unable to extricate herself from the maelstrom the Lowrys' disappearance causes. The author's quick pace leaves room for her senses of humor and irony, and her writing style pulled me into the immediacy of each scene. I forgot I was reading and started living Nicole's predicament. The relationships in the book border reality, too; her characters are motivated consistently by their own priorities. It's the juxtaposition of those values that move the plot along. A fine novel. I'd love to read another!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Faouzia

    I won this book in a giveaway, and i got for free through Goodreads First Reads It's a nice, fast-paced mystery which i enjoyed greatly! It's a bout two families who arrange for a house swap, When Nicole arrives to London problems start to show up, and as the family which is supposed to get to her house in LA doesn't show up she suspected that it's really bigger than she imagined it to be! As her husband and the police don't really believe her theories, she took everything in charge. I liked the ch I won this book in a giveaway, and i got for free through Goodreads First Reads It's a nice, fast-paced mystery which i enjoyed greatly! It's a bout two families who arrange for a house swap, When Nicole arrives to London problems start to show up, and as the family which is supposed to get to her house in LA doesn't show up she suspected that it's really bigger than she imagined it to be! As her husband and the police don't really believe her theories, she took everything in charge. I liked the character of Nicole, a strong, resourceful, funny woman and her dangerous, yet somehow funny, adventures :) The plot is good, with some twists that made it better! and the other characters where interesting. I enjoyed the book very much.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Diane Rapport

    This is a very interesting first book from Ms Boyarsky. Another reviewer likened it to a Hitchcock mystery, and I tend to agree. The plot is fun - what can go wrong when you swap houses for the summer? Well apparently quite a bit. Nonstop action, with not much chance to catch your breath. For me, it was almost too much. I would have liked a little more character development, especially with the mystery man. I also felt the ending was rather abrupt - a new trend that I'm not fond of. However, may This is a very interesting first book from Ms Boyarsky. Another reviewer likened it to a Hitchcock mystery, and I tend to agree. The plot is fun - what can go wrong when you swap houses for the summer? Well apparently quite a bit. Nonstop action, with not much chance to catch your breath. For me, it was almost too much. I would have liked a little more character development, especially with the mystery man. I also felt the ending was rather abrupt - a new trend that I'm not fond of. However, maybe that means there will be a second book. I would read it!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    This book is the kind of mystery I love, a real page turner with a lot of plot twists, continuous action and a narration that reflects a droll sense of humor. I thought the characters were both likeable and believable. I was pulling for Nicole to escape through this harrowing (yet somehow amusing) tale of an innocent abroad who accidentally picks up (or loses) the wrong suitcase, and attracts the attention of some very dangerous people.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Betty Yoder

    I liked it! This was a nice, sit in front of the fire on a rainy day, read. Simply written with some twists and turns that were unexpected. The setting in England was nice with the politeness of the Brits and the underhandedness of the bad guys kept me guessing clear to the end. The adventure of it all was so enjoyable! I would recommend this book to teenagers and up I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    luluchick

    The Swap is just the kind of mystery I like, written with intelligence and wit. The story moves along at a lively pace, and the plot kept me guessing until the end. It’s vivid descriptions of place made me feel I was along for the wild ride. I was sad when it ended. I hope Nancy Boyarsky publishes more mysteries soon.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Kind of a fun read at times but tedious at times. Could have done without all the kidnappings that Nicole seemed to walk straight into every day. Brad was a nasty liar and in the end, Nicole, who was thrilled with her new relationship with Reinhardt, lied to him as well. You'd think she would have learned that lying is not a good basis for a relationship. Won't read another of this series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lonni

    There were so many undeveloped aspects to the story that it felt cobbled together without a true direction. I’ve never read a book that solely focuses on the main character being chased over and over and over again. Truly, that’s all there was. Very shallow, very disappointing, very much not worth your time.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I bought The Swap because I like thrillers with female protagonists and was intrigued a mystery involving an international house swap - since I've been thinking about doing a house swap myself. Once i started it, I literally could not put it down. Great, fun read!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Ogden

    Must read from a new author. Engaging, felt like the author really knew London, and intriguing plot. Fresh reading in a very full genre, lots of it really repetitive or boring - this isn't! Do try it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lisa LoPiccolo

    I really enjoyed this book, a easy read. A mystery set in London & surrounding areas. Will make you think twice before swapping homes with total strangers in another country. I really enjoyed this book, a easy read. A mystery set in London & surrounding areas. Will make you think twice before swapping homes with total strangers in another country.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lori Willett

    Loved the first third but then it just started to go on and on and on. Too much happened to ever be believable, and I got bored.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mystereity Reviews

    Read my full review Mystereity Reviews When Brad Graves is transferred to London temporarily, wife Nicole comes along in an attempt to save her failing marriage. After arranging a house swap with the Lowrys, Nicole and Brad settle in at their temporary home. Soon after, strange things happen and Nicole begins to feel like her life is in danger. After reporting several terrifying incidents to the police, who are are sympathetic but disbelieving, and when the Lowrys don't show up at her LA condo, N Read my full review Mystereity Reviews When Brad Graves is transferred to London temporarily, wife Nicole comes along in an attempt to save her failing marriage. After arranging a house swap with the Lowrys, Nicole and Brad settle in at their temporary home. Soon after, strange things happen and Nicole begins to feel like her life is in danger. After reporting several terrifying incidents to the police, who are are sympathetic but disbelieving, and when the Lowrys don't show up at her LA condo, Nicole begins to investigate on her own and finds herself being drawn deeper and deeper into trouble. The Swap is the debut novel by the author and I wasn't sure what to expect as I sat down to read it. Once I started it, it was hard to put it down! I read about half of this one evening and then couldn't sleep all night because I was so busy thinking about what was going to happen. I loved the premise of a house swap gone wrong, and there was a mystery on almost every page. This was the kind of thriller that raises the hair on the back of your neck, and it's all too easy to feel Nicole's fear as she's stalked, threatened and accosted by thugs, her anguish over her crumbling marriage, and her betrayal, anger and sadness towards Brad. On the other hand, there were a few times when I wanted to reach in the book and give Nicole a good, hard shake and tell her to wake up. Seriously, girl, your intuition is waaay off! The spectacular conclusion was the perfect way to end the book, a little romance and a lot of action. What more can you ask for? Overall, The Swap is an excellent 5 star thriller that will keep you turning pages -and looking over your shoulder - right to the very last page. I was given an advance copy of this book by the author in exchange for my honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This was an interesting read overall. Initially, it took me a couple chapters to get into the story. Nicole seemed a bit bland yet neurotic. I became more interested and involved when the action began. I don't want to spoil the story, but I was rooting for her and most decisions she made. Her escape attempts were partially thought out but realistic given her limited knowledge and increasing desperation. I also wanted to scream at her towards the end "Why can't you just stay put!?" I did see one This was an interesting read overall. Initially, it took me a couple chapters to get into the story. Nicole seemed a bit bland yet neurotic. I became more interested and involved when the action began. I don't want to spoil the story, but I was rooting for her and most decisions she made. Her escape attempts were partially thought out but realistic given her limited knowledge and increasing desperation. I also wanted to scream at her towards the end "Why can't you just stay put!?" I did see one of the twists coming, but it still had an element of suspense. I'm even happy with the way the book ends. It had enough closure to feel complete, but still left some threads open. My only complaint is with the editing. There were several places where words were dropped out of sentences. It was odd, but didn't affect the story itself. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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