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“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 “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.


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“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 “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.

30 review for The Swap

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dita

    Eeny meeny miny mo, these besauches are crazy, yo... In a contest for most dysfunctional we have Freya, the narcissistic Instablogger, Jamie, who after several disappointing attempts to become a mother has been pushed to the edge, and Swallow or "Low", a gangly 17 year old high school student and budding photographer who obsesses over Freya endlessly all while trying to manage her polyamorous family. I was completely absorbed by this story from the first sentence and barely set this book down unti Eeny meeny miny mo, these besauches are crazy, yo... In a contest for most dysfunctional we have Freya, the narcissistic Instablogger, Jamie, who after several disappointing attempts to become a mother has been pushed to the edge, and Swallow or "Low", a gangly 17 year old high school student and budding photographer who obsesses over Freya endlessly all while trying to manage her polyamorous family. I was completely absorbed by this story from the first sentence and barely set this book down until I finished. One drug induced night of bad decisions and no one's life will ever be the same. This was masterful. Thank you to Robyn Harding, Gallery Books and NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Women’s eternal sisterhood orders them to share everything, including swapping their husbands, right? I hooked you with this sentence, didn’t I? This is an equation with multiple variables. FREYA: is the center, short time actress, long time instagram influencer, blond, petite, cute, sexy. Freya meets with Low( outcast teenage, short for Swallow, yes, she is living with polygamous, hippie family but her name comes from bird, stop blurting out wrong ideas!) Low falls in love with Freya. Freya married Women’s eternal sisterhood orders them to share everything, including swapping their husbands, right? I hooked you with this sentence, didn’t I? This is an equation with multiple variables. FREYA: is the center, short time actress, long time instagram influencer, blond, petite, cute, sexy. Freya meets with Low( outcast teenage, short for Swallow, yes, she is living with polygamous, hippie family but her name comes from bird, stop blurting out wrong ideas!) Low falls in love with Freya. Freya married with ex-hockey star Max. Of course Max loves her wife even though it’s one of the most painful experience to love Freya (you’re gonna understand what I mean during your reading.) Freya befriends Jamie who is trying to get pregnant and lately became a victim of surrogate mother scam, opening a unique antique shop at the island. She attaches with Freya deeper than she thinks. Of course Jamie’s nerd, sci-fi novels author husband Brian is attracted by Freya, She is easy going, friendly, genuine woman, isn’t she? Everybody loves Freya… Everybody worships the ground she walks. If she becomes cult leader, they follow her without thinking a second as her brainwashed admirers. As Freya becomes besties with Jamie, poor Low gets resentful and jealous to be left behind, delivering Freya those magical mushrooms for couples’ gathering night. Two couples are ready to be stoned. (Because Freya told them it would be fun and no one could reject anything she offered, right?) And Jamie gets dizzy and passes out but when she opens her eyes, she finds Max climbs on her. Yes, she is in bed with Freya’s husband and Max tells her Jaime’s husband is also having sex with Freya. Welcome to the swingers’ world! So Jamie climbs out the bed, running out from the room, going downstairs and finding the guest bedroom, stopping her husband before doing anything. NOPE! WRONG SPOILER! She doesn’t do anything to stop Max! And the next day, she thinks it was all dream because everybody acts like nothing has happened. A few days later, she gathers her strength to ask her husband if he had an affair with Freya and he says “no”! She must trust her husband, doesn’t she? But don’t worry, only one person knows the truth. Dear female Joe Goldberg a.k.a Low watched them outside during their special gathering! Maybe the couples can forget everything and move on their lives. But where does Brian really go in the middle of the day? Why is Max’s face and body covered in bruises like he’s been abused? And why Freya keeps her pregnancy secret from Jamie? I’m stopping here not to blurt out more about the secrets, schemes, lies and twists. This book made me going back and forth between 3 and 4 stars. It was mysterious, fast pacing, entertaining! And I like the author’s provocative approach to the marriage institution, infidelity, monogamy. This book questions dangerous territories as like: masochism, unhealthy relationship patterns, violence, abuse, narcissism, infertility, sociopathic behavior, social media voyeurism, obsession. The pacing, the story’s progression, final twists, powerful ending are the strengths of the book. But the characterization really failed me. I couldn’t get why all those people are deeply enchanted with the magic of Freya. I got Low’s crush part because she was young, inexperienced and neglected. She tried to find her place in the world and she struggles with her sexual awakening and her preferences. But those three adults acted like moron from the beginning and they were so easy to manipulate and deceive. I didn’t like any of them. I wanted to roll their hairs and hit their heads to the wall! So at the end: I’m giving 3.5 stars and rounding them up to 4 because the author chose a hard subject and even though her characters deserved to get so many awards for being the worst despicable and brainless literature characters, I still enjoy the writing, thrilling revelations and satisfying ending. I truly loved this book more than Arrangement and I plan to read more works of this author. Special thanks to NetGalley and Gallery/Scout Press for sharing this one of the most anticipated ARCS in exchange my honest review. blog instagram facebook twitter

  3. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    Hot damn! This book was fantastic! Take a night out at a friend’s house, mix in some "shrooms and do a little spouse swapping and you have one heck of a mess - an enchanting, toxic, burning down like a house on fire mess. Low Morrison lives on an island off the Pacific Northwest. She lives with her hippie polyamorous parents and younger brothers. She does not quite fit in and for once in her life finds purpose and a connection when she signs up to take pottery classes from Freya. Low soon becomes Hot damn! This book was fantastic! Take a night out at a friend’s house, mix in some "shrooms and do a little spouse swapping and you have one heck of a mess - an enchanting, toxic, burning down like a house on fire mess. Low Morrison lives on an island off the Pacific Northwest. She lives with her hippie polyamorous parents and younger brothers. She does not quite fit in and for once in her life finds purpose and a connection when she signs up to take pottery classes from Freya. Low soon becomes friends with Freya. Freya, the beautiful pottery instructor is married to an ex-hockey player and was once an Instagram influencer. She now fills her days making pottery and teaches classes. Freya did not want to move to the island, but her husband insisted after the event that ended his career. She does not quite fit in either. She soon makes friends with Low. Jamie and her husband moved to the island for quiet time. He is an Author and needs the solace to write and possibly, just possibly this will help them have a baby. Jamie sells Freya's pottery in her store and she and Freya become friends. Low does not like that Freya and Jamie have become friends. She wanted to keep Freya to herself. But Freya and Jamie are around the same age and both are married. It makes sense that they would have more in common. Things take a turn when Freya suggests swapping partners after an evening doing 'shrooms with Jamie and Brian. What could go wrong? Friendship is a wonderful thing - except for when it is not. Not when it is toxic and unhealthy. I loved how this book showed how low self-esteem, loneliness, isolation, and a need for companionship can make people easily overlook, forgive, excuse, or ignore when someone is mistreating them. Plus, it also shows how vapid, self-absorbed, and manipulative some can be. This was on heck of an absorbing page turner for me! I could not put this book down. There is a lot to digest and ponder in this book. There were also some things I was willing to overlook. I was having too good of a time reading this to care that grownups where turning to a young girl for emotional support, advice, doing their dirty work, etc. But then again, they are all so desperate and wacky that it also made sense. Plus, if Low's parents were not off having sex with everybody and their brother, they might have been more concerned about the amount of time their daughter was spending with those much older than her. This was a fabulous distraction from current life, and I loved every single page. Heck, I may even take up pottery, what else am I going to do, read? lol. A fast paced, well written, page turner which did not disappoint. I was hooked from page one and had a hard time putting this book down. I found it to be absorbing, fun, and full of tension. It was basically just what I needed! I received a copy of this book from Galley/Scott Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    Guilty Pleasure The Swap is a psychological thriller about obsession, desire, and crazies. Everyone is obsessed with Freya, a beautiful former Instagram influencer, who simply can look at someone and hold them in her thrall. There’s Low, a high school outcast, who after merely catching a glimpse of Freya, becomes instantly obsessed. Then there is Jamie, a woman struggling with infertility, who becomes instant BFF’s with Freya after having coffee. Freya treats both women like garbage, but both rem Guilty Pleasure The Swap is a psychological thriller about obsession, desire, and crazies. Everyone is obsessed with Freya, a beautiful former Instagram influencer, who simply can look at someone and hold them in her thrall. There’s Low, a high school outcast, who after merely catching a glimpse of Freya, becomes instantly obsessed. Then there is Jamie, a woman struggling with infertility, who becomes instant BFF’s with Freya after having coffee. Freya treats both women like garbage, but both remain under her spell until one night of swapping partners mars Freya's perfect persona. The narrative is uneven and told from the POV’s of Low, Brian, Max, and Jamie, all of whom are one or two dimensional at best. I wish this had been told from only Low’s POV; Max, Brian, and Jamie’s chapters didn’t add much, whereas Low added a good dose of crazy. The reader never gets into the mind of Freya. We are told over and over again by Jamie and Low that Freya is beautiful and both women love her and seem to want to be her, but at the same time, Freya’s character never exhibits any behavior that makes her the compelling and charismatic character that she is described as being. This is a messy train wreck that I couldn’t look away from. I had a similar experience with Harding’s The Arrangement, but I enjoyed this book more. This is a fast-paced, easy read that doesn’t require much thought. It lacks the depth and darkness that would have taken it to the next level. Overall, The Swap is mindless entertainment at its best. I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    Obsession The Swap is an emotionally immersive story that depicts three very distinctive female characters who allow avaricious choices to create a toxic set of relationships. A story that is fascinating and keenly observed, as we wonder what emotional control is evident when relationships become unhinged. Freya was an Instagram influencer with a huge following, bestowing on her a sense of devotion and importance. Freya is married to Max who was a hockey player until during a match he inadvertentl Obsession The Swap is an emotionally immersive story that depicts three very distinctive female characters who allow avaricious choices to create a toxic set of relationships. A story that is fascinating and keenly observed, as we wonder what emotional control is evident when relationships become unhinged. Freya was an Instagram influencer with a huge following, bestowing on her a sense of devotion and importance. Freya is married to Max who was a hockey player until during a match he inadvertently killed a fellow player following a crunching tackle. With their careers over and public hatred targeted at both Max and Freya, they watched their glamourous lives disappear, and they moved to an island in the Pacific North-West to start anew. Swallow (Low) is a teenager feeling extremely isolated and living with polyamorous parents, and brothers, that she feels disconnected with. Low signs up for pottery classes with Freya as her only student and they develop a mutual appetite for each other’s company. “At home, I was an afterthought. At school, I was a pariah. At Freya’s studio, I was everything. Freya was a best friend, a parent, and a crush all wrapped up in one worldly, glamorous package. Later, people would say I was obsessed with her, but I wasn’t. With Freya, I was home.” Freya is beautiful, hip, confident, while Low is tall, gangly, awkward and not very pretty. As the story develops, Robyn Harding shows how narcissistic characteristics start to dominate and how attitudes and situations are changeable. Jamie and her husband Brian moved to the quiet island area to give Brian an opportunity to focus on completing his new book. For Jamie, it may also provide a relaxed atmosphere that could enable her to become pregnant, something she so desperately seeks. Jamie opens a gift shop and builds a friendship with Freya when selling her pottery pieces. The exclusive relationship between Low and Freya suddenly gets side-lined and Low gradually feels more and more neglected. The foursome of Jamie, Freya and their husbands form a comfortable adult balance with Low removed. On a fun evening, with shrooms and alcohol, the foursome considers the possibility of couple swapping. The ramifications of which are played out in front of a hurt and unwanted teenager, spying from outside the house. A wonderful play on friendships and relationships is explored with intriguing dynamics that don’t always plot a linear course. What really strikes home are the fragile needs of acceptance, personal attention and exclusivity to make their lives replete if that was ever possible. The unique disposition with each female character is wonderfully developed through desire, envy, obsession, guilt, and loneliness, as each experiences something missing in their lives and then is tantalisingly dangled in front of them. Each of the five characters possesses their own voice in the narration of the novel and the transition from one to the other is cleverly used, especially when shocking revelations are triggered. The deceit and lies become more toxic and the once harmonious lives become fractured. I highly recommend this book and I would like to thank Gallery Books and NetGalley for providing me with a free ARC in return for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kaceey

    4.5* What do you get when you mix two lonely couples with a misfit teenage girl...THE SWAP! That’s what!💁🏻‍♀️ Max and Freya. The disgraced hockey player and the beautiful, feisty wife. Jamie and Brian. The gift shop owner who desperately wants a family. Her husband, a struggling author desperate to make his deadline. Then there’s Low, the misunderstood high school grad whose parents have a rather unusual marriage arrangement. One evening will involve a baggie full of magic mushrooms and a peeping Tom 4.5* What do you get when you mix two lonely couples with a misfit teenage girl...THE SWAP! That’s what!💁🏻‍♀️ Max and Freya. The disgraced hockey player and the beautiful, feisty wife. Jamie and Brian. The gift shop owner who desperately wants a family. Her husband, a struggling author desperate to make his deadline. Then there’s Low, the misunderstood high school grad whose parents have a rather unusual marriage arrangement. One evening will involve a baggie full of magic mushrooms and a peeping Tom. What could possibly go wrong with that combination? By the end of the night their lives will change course completely! No one will come away unscathed. This book was so much fun! I loved how the author wove the story between the two couples with Low always in the background pulling strings where she can to get what she wants! There are so many mixed reviews for this one! I am so happy that I came away loving it! My favorite from this author so far! Anxious to see what she conjures up next! A buddy read with Susanne that left us complete polar opposites! It had to happen at some point!🤣 Thank you to Gallery/Scout Press Publishing via NetGalley and Edelweiss for an ARC to read and review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Holly B

    Did someone say toxic relationships?  The new thriller by Robyn Harding serves a full house of them. These crazy characters and the chaos they create were all over the map. Something very addictive here and I just couldn't stop turning the pages... Scandalous liaisons, twisted obsession and some twists and turns that were truly over the top and out the door. All in a wildly inappropriate kinda way... A couple of scenes at the end did catch me off guard. Some unexpected turns for sure! This was o Did someone say toxic relationships?  The new thriller by Robyn Harding serves a full house of them. These crazy characters and the chaos they create were all over the map. Something very addictive here and I just couldn't stop turning the pages... Scandalous liaisons, twisted obsession and some twists and turns that were truly over the top and out the door. All in a wildly inappropriate kinda way... A couple of scenes at the end did catch me off guard. Some unexpected turns for sure! This was one of those guilty escapes where you can just enjoy some crazy scenarios and thank your stars these crazies aren't in the neighborhood! A perfect distraction from all the things going on!!! Thanks to Gallery Books for my review copy! OUT on June 23, 2020

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kelli Wilson

    3.5! OBSESSED MUCH! This is a tale of obsession and lies between friends. One woman is the obsession of both another adult woman and a high school girl. Then there is a night of magic mushrooms and husband swapping. What could possibly go wrong with that night? I found this to be entertaining. The writing quality was excellent. The author uses multiple POVs, although it's primarily the other adult woman and the high schooler. We also get brief POVs from both husbands, which I enjoyed and wish more 3.5! OBSESSED MUCH! This is a tale of obsession and lies between friends. One woman is the obsession of both another adult woman and a high school girl. Then there is a night of magic mushrooms and husband swapping. What could possibly go wrong with that night? I found this to be entertaining. The writing quality was excellent. The author uses multiple POVs, although it's primarily the other adult woman and the high schooler. We also get brief POVs from both husbands, which I enjoyed and wish more had been incorporated. Overall I had a difficult time fully engaging with the characters. This isn't really due to the writing, as it was great. More due to none of the characters being that likeable. That said, however, I do believe this would be an excellent TV series. My biggest critique and why I didn't rate the book higher is that this was advertised as a suspenseful thriller, however I found it to be a literary drama. In my opinion this was not a thriller and there was little suspense, which was primarily around the ending. My expectations were looking for a suspense thriller and didn't receive that so I felt disappointed. If this were advertised differently I would have rated it higher. *Thank you to Simon & Schuster in Edelweiss for access to the digital review copy!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Deanna

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!!!! 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 fina My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!!!! 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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    marilyn

    Seventeen year old, Low, has never fit in. She's a skinny, six foot tall, red headed loner. Her parents aren't just swingers, on this island that has a lot of swingers, they are polyamorous, commune living, hippies and if Low wasn't already the brunt of jokes, her parent's lifestyle seals the deal. When Low meets beautiful, confident, manipulative, former social media star, Freya, she is primed to fall hard for her. Low wants Freya to want her as much as she wants Freya. A sad, lonely, awkward g Seventeen year old, Low, has never fit in. She's a skinny, six foot tall, red headed loner. Her parents aren't just swingers, on this island that has a lot of swingers, they are polyamorous, commune living, hippies and if Low wasn't already the brunt of jokes, her parent's lifestyle seals the deal. When Low meets beautiful, confident, manipulative, former social media star, Freya, she is primed to fall hard for her. Low wants Freya to want her as much as she wants Freya. A sad, lonely, awkward girl can dream and she dreams of everything Freya.  Freya and her ex hockey player husband, Max, have been exiled to this island because Max broke another player's neck, in a fit of rage, which led to the player's death. Freya lost her massive and lucrative social media following and is not at all happy to be living in their beautiful seaside home. When Low starts taking pottery lessons from Freya, she is a nice distraction from boredom for Freya, for a while. Then Freya meets Jamie, a store owner, someone closer to her own age, and has less time for Low.  "Wild and willing to do anything" Freya sets up an evening of 'shrooms for the foursome of Jamie, her husband, Brian, Max and herself, knowing that her aim is to do a bit of "swapping" despite Jamie not wanting to do so. The night ends with things happening that have Jamie and Brian embarrassed and unable to discuss with each other. And little did the foursome know that Low was outside watching and videoing the "swap". It's not long before Freya announces that she is pregnant and Jamie and Brian, who've been trying to have a baby for years, have even bigger doubts and questions about that night with Max and Freya.  Low isn't going to stay out of this mess, when the angry sparks start flying...in fact, she is going to fuel the fire, thinking that somehow she can divide everyone and have Freya for herself. Did I mention that I think that Low is off her rocker? But Freya is more than her match when it comes to crazy! Published June 23, 2020 Thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for this ARC.

  11. 5 out of 5

    preoccupiedbybooks

    Published today! A disturbing tale of lust, obsession, loneliness and manipulation! A teenaged outcast, A narcissistic blogger, And a woman desperate to have a baby. One wild night of debauchery, what could go wrong?! Wow, this book was like a train wreck that I couldn't look away from! It was filled with despicable characters, who I hated, with emotional and psychological problems. Freya has to be one of the most unlikeable characters that I've ever read about! I loved that we didn't get her POV, Published today! A disturbing tale of lust, obsession, loneliness and manipulation! A teenaged outcast, A narcissistic blogger, And a woman desperate to have a baby. One wild night of debauchery, what could go wrong?! Wow, this book was like a train wreck that I couldn't look away from! It was filled with despicable characters, who I hated, with emotional and psychological problems. Freya has to be one of the most unlikeable characters that I've ever read about! I loved that we didn't get her POV, so I never really knew what she was thinking! Told from Low, Max, Jamie and Brian's alternating POVs, Robyn Harding weaved a tale of toxic relationships, obsession, deceit and betrayal. It also looked at how fake and dark social media can be! In The Swap you saw how low self esteem and loneliness made some people vulnerable to manipulation. The writing was great, it was a fast paced book, which was very entertaining! However, I thought that Max and Brian's chapters were a bit unnecessary, and didn't add much to the story. If you want to read an addictive and scandalous tale about unlikeable characters behaving badly, and making bad decisions, then you might enjoy this! Many thanks to Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster for this Digital Readers Copy, in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

    Hot Swapping dang!!! These besties are not swapping books!! ROBYN HARDING joined us for a spoiler-free Q &A in the Behind the Pages group. YOu can view the thread here https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... My review The Swap is one fascinating, delightful wickedly bold and delicious fun, entertaining page-turner!! Put aside some time for this one because once you start, you will not want to put it down. The story is well-paced for a fast read with those chapters that end with a sense of dread an Hot Swapping dang!!! These besties are not swapping books!! ROBYN HARDING joined us for a spoiler-free Q &A in the Behind the Pages group. YOu can view the thread here https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... My review The Swap is one fascinating, delightful wickedly bold and delicious fun, entertaining page-turner!! Put aside some time for this one because once you start, you will not want to put it down. The story is well-paced for a fast read with those chapters that end with a sense of dread and foreboding that made it impossible not to read one more chapter. A few of us in the group read tore through this one in a day. There is no shortage of stories that explore toxic friendships out there; however, Robyn Harding takes toxic to a whole new level here with these friends and creates a fascinating triangle here with Freya, who has them all under her spell. She creates an exciting twisted story while creating some interesting unlikable characters who are very different from each other. That left me with a creepy feeling right from the start and I had a few questions I wanted the answer to. The setting here on an isolated island off the Pacific Northwest adds to the character's actions and development. I loved the mention of the Canadian cities that I know very well, and I had to chuckle to myself when one was mentioned. I loved how the story ended with some things wrapped up while others left me thinking about the story and characters. I highly recommend it. I received a copy on NetGalley

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest This was my first book by Robyn Harding, but it won't be the last. With quarantine, I've been so bored, and losing myself in slutty mysteries about fucked-up people with problems has been my escape. THE SWAP reminded me of PRETTY THINGS by Janelle Brown, actually, in that it provides criticism on the shallow, superficial world of influencing, while also shedding light on the dark souls of the people attracted to that lifestyle. THE SWAP i Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest This was my first book by Robyn Harding, but it won't be the last. With quarantine, I've been so bored, and losing myself in slutty mysteries about fucked-up people with problems has been my escape. THE SWAP reminded me of PRETTY THINGS by Janelle Brown, actually, in that it provides criticism on the shallow, superficial world of influencing, while also shedding light on the dark souls of the people attracted to that lifestyle. THE SWAP is about a girl named Low (short for Swallow, because her parents are idiots) who is the daughter of polyamorists living on an island where everyone knows everyone else's business that's notorious for playing musical beds. But Low's parents are the only official poly people, which has made her a bit of a recluse at school. One day, a gorgeous, glamorous woman comes to her school to advertise her pottery classes, and Low is the only taker and ends up becoming her friend. That woman is Freya, a social influencer and pretty young wife to a famous hockey player named Max. Freya's career used to be all sparkle and light until her husband whacked someone with a stick and ended up breaking his neck. Since then, she's taken a breather from the socials, turning to pottery instead-- and Low. Low is delighted with her glamorous older friend and has visions of them being best girlfriends forever-- But Freya has another friend her own age named Jamie. Jamie owns the artisinal gift shop that sells Freya's work and is the wife of a best-selling author of young adult fantasy books (Brian). She's just as in awe of Freya as Low and the two of them are jealous of each other as they compete for Freya's affections, who pits them against each other for the attention. But everything changes when one night, Freya proposes a dangerous, sexy game that ends up changing the dynamic between all five of them entirely... and then we find out what a raging dumpster fire of trash all these people really are. Guys, these people are the worst. Freya and Low are both clearly sociopaths, Max seems to have severe emotional problems, Brian is... well, a doormat, and Jamie is such a sanctimonious bunt cake with a c. I wanted to deck her in her smug little face, the bitch. Especially at the end. Oh my God, I hated everyone in this book but I didn't want to miss a moment of this speeding train crash, either. Don't read this book if you want to read about likable people-- there are none-- but if you enjoy reading about trash people behaving like flaming bags of trash, this is your calling. I couldn't put this book down for a moment and I regret nothing. Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review! 4 to 4.5 stars

  14. 5 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    2.5 Stars Obsession. It can be Dangerous, Addictive and So Very Wrong. I will have you Yes, I will have you I will find a way and I will have you Like a butterfly A wild butterly I will collect you and capture you You are an obsession You're my obsession Who do you want me to be To make you sleep with me You are an obsession You're my obsession - Obsession, Animotion, November, 1983 Unfortunately for me, “The Swap” by Robyn Harding just didn’t work. From the first chapter all the way to the end, I was 2.5 Stars Obsession. It can be Dangerous, Addictive and So Very Wrong. I will have you Yes, I will have you I will find a way and I will have you Like a butterfly A wild butterly I will collect you and capture you You are an obsession You're my obsession Who do you want me to be To make you sleep with me You are an obsession You're my obsession - Obsession, Animotion, November, 1983 Unfortunately for me, “The Swap” by Robyn Harding just didn’t work. From the first chapter all the way to the end, I was shaking my head in bewilderment. From the writing style to the characters, I was left wanting. To me, the characters were completely and utterly despicable and I couldn’t fathom why anyone would ever like any of them, let alone be obsessed with the main character. Obsessed, I was not. As you know, I have to like the characters in order to like the book and therefore, I chalk this up to my being the wrong reader for this novel. I loved Ms. Harding’s prior novel “The Arrangement” and had high hopes for this novel, however, “The Swap” just didn’t live up to those expectations. This was a buddy read with Kaceey. We had completely different opinions on this one as she absolutely loved this novel. Thank you to Gallery Books / Scout Press for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Published on Goodreads on 5.29.20.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill

    Whew!! That was good! I knew it would be! I loved The Arrangement, so the second I saw Robyn Harding had a new book out- I had to have it! The Swap...what are we going to swap? Gum, cars, notes........oh...that...what could possibly go wrong with that? Well let me count the ways..this book is sex, drugs and well no rock n roll..but it is so good (even without the rock n roll). Low is a lonely, odd (in my opinion) teenager that forms a quick obsession with the new woman in town. Freya Light is a ne Whew!! That was good! I knew it would be! I loved The Arrangement, so the second I saw Robyn Harding had a new book out- I had to have it! The Swap...what are we going to swap? Gum, cars, notes........oh...that...what could possibly go wrong with that? Well let me count the ways..this book is sex, drugs and well no rock n roll..but it is so good (even without the rock n roll). Low is a lonely, odd (in my opinion) teenager that forms a quick obsession with the new woman in town. Freya Light is a new resident to town and the second Low sees her, well she knows she needs to know this woman better. She basically stalks Freya without Freya knowing it. As she gets closer to Freya she gets very possessive of her. This is bad news for Jamie who recently struck up a friendship with Freya...Everybody wants Freya...everybody... Add in a drug fueled night and a couple swap...and things get really interesting....I must say I didn't like one single character in this book! I love unlikable characters though and it really worked for this story. A big twist at the end left me saying, yep she has done it again. Another page turner that I couldn't put down. Pulled me right out of my recent book slump! Thank you so much to Gallery Books for this ARC via Netgalley for an honest review!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elyse Walters

    This is the second book I’ve read by Robyn Harding. When I read “The Party”....I said the following at the start of my review.... “I might as well toss a coin! All ratings - thoughts - feelings - opinions - judgements could definitely unite together to chitchat this novel”. 1 star ratings - or 5 star ratings...Robyn Harding gives us books to CHAT ABOUT- to THINK ABOUT! I DEFINITELY WANT TO DISCUSS THIS NOVEL WITH OTHER READERS!!!!! BE CLEAR....I’m liking Robyn Harding VERY MUCH.... Her contemporar This is the second book I’ve read by Robyn Harding. When I read “The Party”....I said the following at the start of my review.... “I might as well toss a coin! All ratings - thoughts - feelings - opinions - judgements could definitely unite together to chitchat this novel”. 1 star ratings - or 5 star ratings...Robyn Harding gives us books to CHAT ABOUT- to THINK ABOUT! I DEFINITELY WANT TO DISCUSS THIS NOVEL WITH OTHER READERS!!!!! BE CLEAR....I’m liking Robyn Harding VERY MUCH.... Her contemporary-life-issue-stories are like *addictive-superfoods* for my critically thinking-cerebral -brain! (yet.... there were a couple of scenes I felt were totally ridiculous and unbelievable). A few times our VERY INTERESTING characters were complete clueless jerks. Their stupidity was unreal. Want me to share those scenes? Ha....too many spoilers would come flooding out of me if I did. THIS BOOK CONTINUES TO ‘WEIGH HEAVY ON MY MIND.... AND.... I finished this novel a couple of days ago......giving me more time to think about it ......almost obsessively competing for my attention with global update news on the coronavirus. (with my own darn worries) Tidbit thoughts - feelings - and excerpts: ( mixed in below) FIRST.... .....Something to ponder: ( something ‘I’m’ pondering): Would you be more concerned about your teenage daughter, (recently turned 18), hanging out with a married woman twice her age?— or.... more concerned from potential problems (you yourself created), from raising your children in a household with multiple parents in an openly-known free-love-polyamorous-family - (children glimpsing home births of their younger siblings, to boot)?.... Would the multiple parents be hypocrites if they didn’t want their 18 year old daughter to get mixed up with the type of relationship they themselves were living? How do loving responsible adults raise their kids to be moral responsible adults - when choosing a lifestyle that is not fully accepted by the majority of people? And what are the risks & repercussions - TO THEM- if any - from children growing up in an alternative free-love-non-monogamous-environment? How are the children affected? I know people who have raised children in these alternative type families. I ‘have’ wondered about the well being of the kids. Not saying it doesn’t work - just not sure it does, either. I know couples who engage in adult consented swinging - and poly relationships but their children don’t have a clue. (preferring to keep their adult sexual activities away from growing children). Which is the better choice? To be honest with their kids - or not? Truthfully- I think it’s a delicate subject - and bless those who are successful at these types of families involving growing children. ENOUGH PONDERING...moving on... This novel gives us much to chew on ONE OF THE BIGGEST MORALS OF THIS BOOK.... Ha....as in ‘duh’.... ***If YOU ARE GOING TO WIFE SWAP, USE CONDOMS*** Back to our story ( or rather just getting started?/! ....Freya, Max, Jamie, and Brian had shared an evening of the mushrooms and a couples’ swap. .... Jamie and Brian weren’t handling their evening of promiscuous non-monogamous social activity very well. It wasn’t the first time jealousies, guilt, and insecurities, had created tension and resentment, between them. Brian blamed Jamie for being the instigator of the ‘couples’ swap’—and she blamed him for ruining her friendship with Freya. Their marriage was at risk. ....Low’s friendship with Freya was odd, complexed, profound, and eternal. At age 17, Low’s sexuality remained undefined. She had on occasions, feelings for both boys and girls. .... “I might have been biromantic asexual. Or maybe I was a bisexual late bloomer”. There is no pressure to label herself. She was raised in a progressive community, in an unconventional family. She was taught to have an open mind. Her middle-aged polyamorous parents led by example. Her parents consented shenanigans worked for everyone but Low. The other people, sex partners, were considerate of everybody’s feelings…warm and affectionate to the kids. ....It wasn’t uncommon for couples to swap partners on the island. “Hawking Shuffle, or the island way”. ....Some people in the community called Low’s family freaky free love hippies. But Low’s parents were not ashamed of who they were. ....At home, Low felt like an afterthought. At school, she was a pariah. At Freya’s pottery studio, she was everything. Best friend, parent, and crush all wrapped up in one worldly glamorous package. ....Freya was much older than Low— but she felt close to her. She had been lonely and depressed in this small town. She missed living in New York City. But, Low came along.....and Freya felt lighter and happier. ....Low’s romantic feelings may have been ambiguous, but the first time she saw Max, Freya’s tall, fit, handsome masculine husband, she was decidedly hetero..with sexual arousal feelings brewing. As the story unfolds....Low’s lustful desires evolved. Not sure her maturity evolves....but an obsession towards Freya grows deeper. .... Jamie Vincent owned a gift store in town. Retail was new to her, and she opened her shop during the fall when the tourist season was down. moving to the island was supposed to be a fresh start… leaving behind a stressful career in marketing. Her husband Brian, had recently sold a series of young adult novels and was eager to leave his teaching job and write full-time. Jamie and Brian were just getting over a major loss - Jamie knew she needed counseling.... but moving and starting a new life seemed more important. Jamie thought that once she got settled in Hawking, she would seek out mental health services— but there wasn’t a lot to be found in the small town where everyone knew each other. Freya walked into Jamie’s shop one day - lifting Jamie out of her depressed funk..... and a friendship began. On again - off again friendships..... ....Freya and Low ( the tall teenager) ....Freya and Jamie ( same age friend) ....Low ( short for Swallow), and Jamie were both competing for Freya’s friendship ....crazy complex friendships - disrespect for boundaries - betrayals - jealousies- conniving backstabbing relationships rise to the surface. ....Freya and her husband Max both had a scandalous history before they even came to the island. ....Max Beausoleil was a once famous NHL hockey player - ( you’ll learn why he was asked to leave the team and wonder how it affects his marriage and future life) ....Freya always loved to be adored. She craved it. She was beautiful and effervescent- and once a social media celebrity and influencer...before moving to the island with her husband, Max She could also be a manipulative, selfish, and a wicked human being .....FANTASTIC CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT (doesn’t mean these characters are people you’d ever want to be friends with) ....POTENTIALLY GREAT PLOT.....but in my opinion .....there were too many added ingredients - competing for flavor-highlights from each other. ....A couple of OBVIOUS scenes that just were NOT AT ALL BELIEVABLE.... For example.... I could never see an adult married man asking a 17 year old girl if she thought his eight-month pregnant wife was ready to have a baby. Really? The stupidity of the question was just silly! There were a few times ( mostly all taking place in the last part of the novel)....that just became absurd —- THAT SAID..... THE DELICIOUSNESS & ABSURDITIES combined were page turning addictive. Crappy silly ending ( where was the editor?)....I would have gladly helped Robyn with a better ending....lol ( I know, I’m full of beeswax).... BUT.....THE BEST THING GOING FOR THIS BOOK???? .....It was a HUGE SUCCESS in taking my mind off of scary - frightening- worried concerns during these coronavirus unsettling days! Sooo many books I keep dropping- I can’t seem to focus as easily with every book put in front of me since this global horrific virus outbreak.... But “The Swap” did the trick.... I yelled at the characters, “JERKS”....OUT LOUD, *JERKS*.....but, I was involved - FULLY ENGAGED AND HOOKED.....judging and evaluating like a naughty- happy- critical reader.... Oh.....it was maddeningly at times.....BUT.....heavenly!!! GREAT DISCUSSION PICK... Thank you to Netgalley, Gallery Books, and Robyn Harding ( wishing everyone well - healthy - and safe)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Oscar

    (This week I challenged myself to read three recent hyped thrillers. The other books I read were The Last Flight and The Wife Stalker ) tw: abuse, infertility "She looked up at me, a slow smile spreading across her face. She saw me. She really saw me. I was not simply a misfit teenager, tall and awkward and outcast. I was a kindred spirit." This is a dark story about obsession, infatuation and false idolatry. Name all the synonyms for these words and you nailed it. It follows the perspective of (This week I challenged myself to read three recent hyped thrillers. The other books I read were The Last Flight and The Wife Stalker ) tw: abuse, infertility "She looked up at me, a slow smile spreading across her face. She saw me. She really saw me. I was not simply a misfit teenager, tall and awkward and outcast. I was a kindred spirit." This is a dark story about obsession, infatuation and false idolatry. Name all the synonyms for these words and you nailed it. It follows the perspective of multiple characters but mainly of Low and Jamie competing for the affection of one person. Nope, this is not a love story. This is about toxicity in friendships. How far can you go for a friend? I advise not to read the blurb here because I just checked it for the first time and its too long and quite spoilery. The Swap is hands down one of the best thrillers I have read for this year. I know I've said it a lot but honestly it really is. It was extremely gut-wrenching! My eyes were glued right from the beginning. I'm not the biggest fan when it comes to the books written by this author but this one changed everything. The writing was compelling and each chapter was short but still has a punch. The way she has written her characters was phenomenal. After the first chapter, I just knew deep down that I will care for these people's lives. They don't play things nicely and they own it up. Flawed but highly interesting. Just to be petty, there were barely any mystery or twists in this. Usually, that's a deal breaker for me when it comes to thrillers but I'm going to it let slide for now. You can figure things out already halfway in the story. Well, most of it. As for how things were resolved, I was okay with it but not the biggest fan. This book reminded me of Jennifer Weiner's Big Summer or was it just me? But this was much darker and more manipulative. Thriller reader or not, I'm highly recommending this! "The microwave dinged, and she turned away from me. If she had thrown scalding oat milk in my face it would have hurt less."

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bridgett

    **AVAILABLE TODAY!** Gripping from the very first page, The Swap is a diabolically delightful offering from the talented Robyn Harding. 4.5 addictive stars Two couples. A lonely, bullied teen living in a polyamorous family. A remote Pacific Northwest island. And one wild and crazy night that goes decidedly too far. By far, Harding's best novel to date. I stayed up until 5 AM this morning just to finish reading this crazy ride. I couldn't put it down. Told from three points of view, those of Freya, **AVAILABLE TODAY!** Gripping from the very first page, The Swap is a diabolically delightful offering from the talented Robyn Harding. 4.5 addictive stars Two couples. A lonely, bullied teen living in a polyamorous family. A remote Pacific Northwest island. And one wild and crazy night that goes decidedly too far. By far, Harding's best novel to date. I stayed up until 5 AM this morning just to finish reading this crazy ride. I couldn't put it down. Told from three points of view, those of Freya, Jamie, and Swallow (or Low), all are beautifully fleshed out characters. Exploring topics such as toxic friendships, obsession, alternate lifestyles, social media, and domestic abuse, this story is absolutely riveting. Although the conclusion is perhaps a bit implausible, and there are a few small details which don't quite add up (which I have no doubt will be cleaned up in the final edits), I still thought it was exceptional. Highly recommended! Available June 23, 2020 in the U.S. **Many thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for my review copy.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Robyn Harding

    Thank you for reading THE SWAP. I had so much fun writing this dark and twisted tale. I hope that shines through in the story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

    4+ ridiculously entertaining stars! After reading the countless raving reviews, I just had to read this book. What a deliciously dramatic and shockingly addictive story. I was glued to the pages from start to finish. My curiosity consistently craved “just one more chapter”. This isn’t a super suspenseful or edge-of-your-seat thriller. For me, it was a pure entertainment read. One I sat back to absorb and enjoy instead of analyze and overthink. This was my first book by this author and I loved her 4+ ridiculously entertaining stars! After reading the countless raving reviews, I just had to read this book. What a deliciously dramatic and shockingly addictive story. I was glued to the pages from start to finish. My curiosity consistently craved “just one more chapter”. This isn’t a super suspenseful or edge-of-your-seat thriller. For me, it was a pure entertainment read. One I sat back to absorb and enjoy instead of analyze and overthink. This was my first book by this author and I loved her writing! The pace and flow were perfect — I flew through the novel. The characters were a toxic bunch — all of them highly intriguing, unforgettable and unique. The storyline was full of witty and devious inner snark and palpable sexual tension. Once I started this novel, I couldn’t get it out of my mind and had to finish to see how it would all piece together. It is twisted, crazy and compulsively readable! If you need an escape or distraction and want nothing more than to be extremely entertained, I highly recommend this book. Thank you to my wonderful friend Brenda who surprised me with this exciting novel! I look forward to devouring this authors’ backlist and to see what she comes out with next!

  21. 5 out of 5

    JEN A

    I found this book disturbing on several levels , but mostly because I can actually see this happening. Obsession is the name of the game and no one is safe when it’s a outcast teenage girl who happens to have the obsessive stalker gene. No one is innocent in this novel and that’s what makes it such a good read. Is it love, lust, or obsession - read The Swap if you want to find out. Trust me, you will thoroughly enjoy it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Larry H

    As far as Robyn Harding's upcoming novel The Swap is concerned, no one’s talking about a BOOK swap, that’s for sure!! Low is a lonely high school senior who is either ostracized or ignored by her peers. Living on a small island in the Pacific Northwest with her polyamorous parents and their lovers, she keeps hoping something better will come along and take her away from her boring life. And then she meets Freya, a beautiful, ethereal blonde offering pottery classes to anyone interested. Low ju As far as Robyn Harding's upcoming novel The Swap is concerned, no one’s talking about a BOOK swap, that’s for sure!! Low is a lonely high school senior who is either ostracized or ignored by her peers. Living on a small island in the Pacific Northwest with her polyamorous parents and their lovers, she keeps hoping something better will come along and take her away from her boring life. And then she meets Freya, a beautiful, ethereal blonde offering pottery classes to anyone interested. Low jumps at the chance to spend time with this woman, whom it turns out is married to a handsome former pro hockey player. They spend a lot of time together and Low feels seen, feels appreciated for the first time. Freya tells Low she's the only person who understands her, tells her how special she is to her. But when Freya meets Jamie, a woman closer to her in age, the two hit it off, leaving a jealous Low to seethe on the sidelines. Jamie and her husband have moved to the island to recover from the anguish of not being able to have a baby. One wild night when the two couples are enjoying some illegal substances, Freya proposes swapping spouses. They don’t plan to speak about it again—and everything goes off the rails from there. Harding throws in some good twists so I’ll leave my plot summary here. Suffice it to say there’s all the betrayal, double crossing, manipulation, and melodrama you’d expect, and even some you don’t. She is great at keeping you hooked!! NetGalley, Gallery Books, and Scout Press gave me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making it available! The book publishes June 23. Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2019.html. Check out my list of the best books of the decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    The Swap is a wickedly delicious and addictive tale of obsession, sex and toxic relationships. Heading the cast is Freya, a classy, beautiful narcissist and manipulator of the highest order. Previously a social media influencer until her husband Max made a bad mistake. She and Max have retreated to a small island near Seattle, where she has her own pottery studio, but really she wants nothing more to be back in the limelight. Next are her two 'friends', Jamie, a slightly boring woman who owns the The Swap is a wickedly delicious and addictive tale of obsession, sex and toxic relationships. Heading the cast is Freya, a classy, beautiful narcissist and manipulator of the highest order. Previously a social media influencer until her husband Max made a bad mistake. She and Max have retreated to a small island near Seattle, where she has her own pottery studio, but really she wants nothing more to be back in the limelight. Next are her two 'friends', Jamie, a slightly boring woman who owns the shop where Freya sells her pottery. Jamie and her husband Brian came to the island for a fresh start after getting caught out by a surrogate baby scam. Jamie really wants a child but she and Brian can’t have their own baby. Seventeen year old Low (short for Swallow – her parents are hippies) is a six foot tall, gangly redhead who doesn’t fit in to her family or the teenage community on the island. When she sees confident, elegant Freya pin up a notice on the school board for for pottery classes she’s hooked. And so begins her obsession with Freya and a toxic relationship that will have Freya playing Jamie and Low off against each other. Her obsession will find her watching outside Freya’s house on a night when the two couples get together for a drug-fuelled evening that will change all their lives. Told in the voices of Low, Jamie, Max and Brian, we can only guess at Freya’s motives and thoughts. This was a fast paced, absorbing and totally fun read! 4.5★ with thanks to Simon & Schuster Australia and Netgalley for a copy to read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Suzy

    4 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Well, that was a hot mess! A spectacular hot mess! After reading Harding’s last book, The Arrangement (and loving it), I knew as soon as I saw this one that I absolutely HAD to have it. As I predicted, it was awesome! This book puts the capital T in TOXIC! What do you get when you have a loner teenager, a beautiful woman and her former hockey husband, another couple, some mushrooms and the very poor decision to swap partners for the night? A dumpster fire of psychos that are not 4 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Well, that was a hot mess! A spectacular hot mess! After reading Harding’s last book, The Arrangement (and loving it), I knew as soon as I saw this one that I absolutely HAD to have it. As I predicted, it was awesome! This book puts the capital T in TOXIC! What do you get when you have a loner teenager, a beautiful woman and her former hockey husband, another couple, some mushrooms and the very poor decision to swap partners for the night? A dumpster fire of psychos that are nothing short of entertainment! A simple, short review is necessary because it will give too much away. Just read it as soon as you can get your hands on it! Thank you to NetGalley, Robyn Harding and Gallery Books for my advanced copy to read and review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Arna

    Low doesn’t fit in at her high school and is used to spending time on her own until Freya arrives in town. Low signs up for Freya’s pottery class and the two become close friends. That is until Freya and her husband Max befriend Jamie and Brian, soon Low is on her own again and resents Jamie for it. What will Low do to get her friend back? This book highlights what loneliness and isolation can do to a person when someone takes an interest, even if that someone is toxic. I read this fast paced bo Low doesn’t fit in at her high school and is used to spending time on her own until Freya arrives in town. Low signs up for Freya’s pottery class and the two become close friends. That is until Freya and her husband Max befriend Jamie and Brian, soon Low is on her own again and resents Jamie for it. What will Low do to get her friend back? This book highlights what loneliness and isolation can do to a person when someone takes an interest, even if that someone is toxic. I read this fast paced book so quickly, I was completely absorbed. I looove a cast of slightly crazy characters doing absolutely crazy things! The only downside for me was some of the POV. I don’t think either Max or Brian really added to the story. Low especially was amazing, it was her POV that really had me hooked! Thank you NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Australia for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Julie (JuJu)

    Some sexual shenanigans, a dabble in drugs, lots of lies and one super hot, psycho femme fatale all wrapped up in the drama-filled thriller.....The Swap! Robyn Harding caught my eye with The Arrangement, but this one is much juicer. So much is rolled into this little book, you won’t want to miss a word! ”She was beautiful and effervescent, like expensive champagne.” Freya is one of the most toxic and narcissistic characters I’ve ever read about. She is absolutely wretched and I was completely Some sexual shenanigans, a dabble in drugs, lots of lies and one super hot, psycho femme fatale all wrapped up in the drama-filled thriller.....The Swap! Robyn Harding caught my eye with The Arrangement, but this one is much juicer. So much is rolled into this little book, you won’t want to miss a word! ”She was beautiful and effervescent, like expensive champagne.” Freya is one of the most toxic and narcissistic characters I’ve ever read about. She is absolutely wretched and I was completely captivated! At the same time, she’s charismatic and magnetizing. People adore her. And those people pay a high price to be her friend! Thank you to NetGalley, Gallery/Scout Press and Robyn Harding for this ARC, in exchange for my honest review! My Rating: 5 ⭐️’s Published: June 23rd 2020 by Gallery/Scout Press Pages: 336 @rhardingwriter #TheSwap #MustRead #JuicyThriller #NetGalley #JustRead #TopThriller2020 http://www.robynharding.com Instagram: @rhardingwriter Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorRobynH...

  27. 4 out of 5

    JEN A

    I found this book disturbing on several levels but mostly because I can actually see this happening. Obsession is the name of the game and no one is safe when it’s a outcast teenage girl who happens to have the obsessive stalker gene. No one is innocent in this novel and that’s what makes it such a good read. Is it love, lust, or obsession - read The Swap if you want to find out. Trust me, you will thoroughly enjoy it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    DeAnn

    **Now available** 4.25 Wacky Character Stars I hardly know where to start with this one, let’s just say that it was a fast-paced compelling thriller and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! In fact, I read this one in just one day. The characters bring wacky to a whole new level. The setting is an island off the Pacific Northwest with some out-there characters! We have a polyamorous group of characters and there’s a laxness about monogamy for much of the island. Newcomers Freya and Max are a goo **Now available** 4.25 Wacky Character Stars I hardly know where to start with this one, let’s just say that it was a fast-paced compelling thriller and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! In fact, I read this one in just one day. The characters bring wacky to a whole new level. The setting is an island off the Pacific Northwest with some out-there characters! We have a polyamorous group of characters and there’s a laxness about monogamy for much of the island. Newcomers Freya and Max are a good-looking dynamic couple. Max is a former star hockey player, now disgraced from the sport; and his beautiful wife Freya used to be an Instagram influencer before Max’s actions turned off many of her followers. Add a gawky teenager, Low, to the mix and you can imagine the eclectic mix coming together. Low becomes entranced by Freya when she takes her pottery classes. Freya develops a friendship with Jamie and there’s a pivotal dinner party with their spouses that has ramifications for the rest of the book. There are some big twists as the story progresses and kept me on my toes! This was my second read from this author and I will definitely keep reading her new books! Thank you to the author Robyn Harding, NetGalley, and Gallery/Scout Press for the opportunity to read an early copy of this one.

  29. 5 out of 5

    NZLisaM

    In her latest psychological domestic thriller Robyn Harding explores poisonous female friendships, jealously, obsession, adultery, and the old proverb of two's company, three’s a crowd. Freya Light was living the high life in LA, a successful Instagram celebrity with half a million followers, until her husband's professional scandal saw it all taken from her. Forced to move to a small island community leaves Freya feeling resentful and bored. Teenager Low Morrison has always felt like she doesn't In her latest psychological domestic thriller Robyn Harding explores poisonous female friendships, jealously, obsession, adultery, and the old proverb of two's company, three’s a crowd. Freya Light was living the high life in LA, a successful Instagram celebrity with half a million followers, until her husband's professional scandal saw it all taken from her. Forced to move to a small island community leaves Freya feeling resentful and bored. Teenager Low Morrison has always felt like she doesn't fit in anywhere. Not with her peers, nor with her parent’s polyamorous lifestyle. Then, she meets glamorous, seductive Freya, and immediately develops a fascination with her. Jamie Vincent, and her husband Brian, moved to the island for a fresh start. When Freya walks into her gift shop Jamie is quickly drawn to her charm and extroversion. Even their husbands get along, and the two couples are soon socialising as a foursome. Until one night of partying ruins it all. Unsettling, disturbing, sexy, fun, ironic, and let's not forget twisted and twisty. I finished The Swap in a day, and couldn't put it down. And any book that holds my attention so firmly in these uncertain and ever-changing times is a winner in my book. Freya is cold, calculating, damaged, and self-absorbed and her treatment of everyone in her vicinity is manipulative, hurtful, and harmful. I love that you were never given her POV adding to the air of mystique and unpredictability surrounding her, and you never knew how crazy or dangerous she was going to get. Jamie and Low were both naïve and fragile, the perfect targets for Freya, and it was scary to witness how dependent on her they became and how much of a hold and influence she had over them. Both were likeable characters and I was very afraid for their sanity and safety. Don't ask me why because the plots were remarkably different, but The Swap gave me a Jennifer Hillier – Little Secrets vibe, maybe because both involve marital issues, secrets and betrayal, were emotionally impacting, and fast-paced, addicting, easy reads? So, if you liked that one then I think you will enjoy this novel. Robyn Harding couldn't have done a better job with The Swap, and I'm predicting it is going to make a lot of people's top favourite lists for 2020. I know it will be on mine. I'd like to thank Netgalley, Simon & Schuster (Australia), and Robyn Harding for the e-ARC. Publication Date: 8th July, 2020.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Alan

    Low is eighteen years old and has never fit in her small, Northwestern island community. She’s 6’1” with wild red hair, and her parents’ polyamorous lifestyle, even in this otherwise accepting town, is still considered pretty out there. When Freya comes to town with her gorgeous former professional athlete husband, Low takes a pottery class from her and thinks she’s finally found a friend in the glamorous, former social media darling. Then Jamie and her husband arrive on the island so he can wor Low is eighteen years old and has never fit in her small, Northwestern island community. She’s 6’1” with wild red hair, and her parents’ polyamorous lifestyle, even in this otherwise accepting town, is still considered pretty out there. When Freya comes to town with her gorgeous former professional athlete husband, Low takes a pottery class from her and thinks she’s finally found a friend in the glamorous, former social media darling. Then Jamie and her husband arrive on the island so he can work on his novel, she can open a gift shop, and they can try to forget the years they struggled to have a baby. Jamie also quickly falls under Freya’s spell, who gets her to take shrooms and swap husbands for one night. One of the main tensions of the novel is what happens between Jamie and her husband after that confusing evening. But it’s also about how manipulative Freya is. Both Jamie and Low are so desperate for a friend that when Freya shines her light on them, they can’t help but do her bidding, even though she treats everyone horrifically. That’s what I couldn’t understand. I guess I can understand Low a little more because she’s so young and she wants to get away from her house—her biological parents but then also the sort-of-parents that are their lovers. I’ve never lived in a town that small, but to be treated like that and to keep going back for more was cringe-worthy. This is a fast read with a strong ending. Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this novel, which RELEASES JUNE 23, 2020.

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