Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The House Swap” as Want to Read:
The House Swap
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The House Swap

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  4,981 ratings  ·  836 reviews
Be careful who you let in . . .

When Caroline and Francis receive an offer to house swap--from their city flat to a townhouse in a leafy, upscale London suburb--they jump at the chance for a week away from home, their son, and the tensions that have pushed their marriage to the brink.

As the couple settles in, the old problems that permeate their marriage--his unhealthy beha
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by Pamela Dorman Books
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The House Swap, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Astrid Galactic
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
Laia Pérez
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.38  · 
Rating details
 ·  4,981 ratings  ·  836 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Norma * Traveling Sister
3.5 Stars rounded up!

THE HOUSE SWAP by REBECCA FLEET is a slow-burning domestic psychological thriller novel that I found to be quite the enjoyable and entertaining read. I wouldn’t necessarily say that there is a lot of action happening here though as the scenes unravel quite slowly but the way that this story was written I found to be rather compelling and suspenseful. I really connected with Rebecca Fleet’s prose and I would say that is one of the main reasons why I found this book to be so e
Susanne  Strong
3 Stars.

The idea of “The House Swap” sounds somewhat intriguing right? Instead of taking a regular vacation, you swap houses with a stranger for a week’s time. Going to a different locale, living a different life. Caroline and Francis take the bait. Leaving their flat in England (and their young son Eddie) to go to a townhouse, right outside of London. It’s not something I would do, but hey, let’s give this one a chance, shall we?

2013: Caro and Francis’ relationship is in shambles. Francis has a
Brenda - Traveling Sister
3.5 Stars

Norma and I started off in the comfort of our favorite, familiar lush coulee reading The House Swap with three of our Traveling Sisters and we were swapping coulees while we read this one. Not too far into this story, we were looking to swap coulees and we patiently waited for things to pick up and were rewarded around 2/3 into the story.

The House Swap started off a little slow and a bit confusing for some us as we tried to piece together the mystery here and some of us were looking to
Miriam Smith
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: twitter, comp-wins
I really enjoyed "The House Swap" by debut author Rebecca Fleet. I'm getting quite a lot of personal enjoyment from deliberately slow and character driven psychological thrillers at the moment and this one certainly entertained me.
Blurb - When Caroline and Francis receive an offer to house swap, they jump at the chance for a week away from home. After the difficulties of the past few years, they’ve worked hard to rebuild their marriage for their son’s sake; now they want to reconnect as a coupl
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
A slow-burning story of domestic suspense that delves into the secrets of a marriage!

The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet was my first Traveling Sister read with Brenda, Norma, Kaceey, and Susanne, and I had a great time sharing my thoughts with these lovely women! This book is well-written, but very slow in its pace. It moves back and forth to past and present as we learn more about this couple, their marriage, where it went wrong, and how they have tried to put it back together. It’s a book that wi
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet is an extremely slow building domestic drama with an edge of suspense to the story. The book is mostly told from the main character Caroline's point of view with the occasional switch to an unknown voice and a few flashes to her Caroline's husband's POV. The story also switches back and forth between Caroline's present and two years before. 

Caroline and Francis are a married couple with a young son that are trying to revive their marriage after mistakes on both of
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Caroline and Francis receive an offer to house swap and take advantage of the chance to spend a week away from home. They have had a few troubled years where they have both worked hard to save their marriage and now look to build on it. The house they go to is mysterious though and Caroline discovers signs of her life before her husband. The person they have swapped with is a person Caroline would rather remains in her past but they have different ideas.
A story full of suspense and a very promis
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers, edelweiss
I started reading The House Swap on 4/9/18 and finished it on 5/8/18. The title House Swap reminds me of a TV show I used to watch years ago called The Wife Swap. That is the main reason why I wanted to read this book. I like the title. I like how the secrets slowly seeping out letting readers know what’s all going on; however that’s also the downside because the mystery is achingly slow in revealing why Caroline seems to be so distracted. Francis’ past & present isn’t so interesting to read ...more
Ova - Excuse My Reading
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really like slow paced, psychological thrillers. This was such a good one. The tension between the married couple was perfectly crafted. The surprise effect was well built. Didn't see it coming at all!
I would love to read from Rebecca Fleet again.
Liz Barnsley
The House Swap was well written, but not really for me this one. I kept up to the end simply to see the resolution which I wasn't even terribly bothered about to be honest but sometimes the end justifies the means. Ultimately though that was a bit flat too so...

Anyway the premise is sound - a house swap, a couple trying to save their marriage after one suffers with addiction and the other has an affair. Mysterious things in the house start sparking memory in the wife and she realises that there
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
Well i was looking forward to The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet for a while but for me it was a slow burn that just went nowhere the prose sounded interesting but not even the characters were appealing they were quite mundane Caroline was a mess she was very indecisive & bland Always consumed with guilt for her work collegue Carl they shared texts unbeknown to Francis who was battling his own demons with pills ... This was a domestic thriller yes thriller that did not make me thrilled.

There wa
Sarah Joint
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
A nice slow-burning debut. If you're looking for a lot of action, this isn't it. This book doesn't seem very concerned with shocking the reader, just meandering along and letting the secrets come out tantalizingly slowly. It's a look inside a marriage that has been on the verge of failing for some time. Addiction and indiscretions from both sides. Caroline and Francis have both wronged each other, but they're trying to make things work out... joined by the love of their son and the memories of t ...more
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
With a promising premise I had high hopes for this debut novel.
But the lacklustre prose with zero jeopardy just left me unsympathetic to the main protagonist, when you start checking to see how many pages are remaining - the story just isn’t working for you...

Told over two time periods as we learn in the past (Home) of Caroline and Francis marriage hitting a troubled spot, whilst the opportunity in the present (Away) to House Sway a week away in a new location this seems like the perfect chance
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Absolutely loved this book and amazed that this is Rebecca Fleet’s debut novel. She is definitely an author to look out for.

Caroline and Francis are a couple trying to rebuild their marriage after one of them has had an affair. Can their marriage survive such a betrayal of trust and will it ever be the same?

Caroline organises a house swap from their flat in Leeds to a house in Chiswick, thinking a change of scenery will do them good. The house has few possessions and slowly Caroline gets the fee
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
“Once upon a time I was falling in love. Now I'm only falling apart.”

All marriages have secrets, all partners have things they would rather keep to themselves. Some marriages fall apart, while others seem to go forward no matter what obstacles have been placed in their path.

In this novel we follow Caroline and Francis, a couple whose marriage has been on the brink of ending. Caroline had been carrying on a torrid affair with a coworker while Francis seemed to be always strung out on drugs.

Jun 14, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
The whole idea of this novel was fantastic ... until I started reading... such a big disappointment for a psychological thriller sorry but I wasn’t a fan there are too many better thrillers I could recommend that are worth 4 and 5 stars but not this. The ending was awful and really book could of been told in like 150 pages lol. Waste of money.
Katie B
Caroline and Francis are looking forward to an escape from their city apartment to a house in a London suburb after receiving an offer to house swap for a week. They are hoping that some alone time with each other will help their marriage. But a neighbor at the house they are staying at won't seem to leave Caroline alone and the house is full of eerie reminders of a past Caroline is trying to forget. It looks like someone knows Caroline's secrets and there might be a significant price to pay.

Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at:

Okay, this is one of those books that I’ll probably forget all the details about in less than a month so I better get something written down pronto.

Caroline and Francis are attempting to rebuild their marriage after going through a seriously rough patch. They decide to take a week away all by themselves and do so via way of a . . . . .

Despite the house they end up with being more than a little cold and impersonal, the location is perf
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-of-2018
This is a hard book to review or recommend because it's so.....odd. It's marketed as a thriller but it's equally a domestic drama about a troubled marriage. I liked it, but it wasn't at all what I was expecting.

A sexual affair is a BIG part of the plot, so if infidelity or sexual content (it's not over the top) is a trigger, best to steer clear. Personally, I empathized with all of the characters in the story. It's a bit of a sad story, actually - not weepy sad, but nobody comes out unscathed he
Bill Kupersmith
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Formally The House Swap is structured like a mystery thriller though it is actually neither; the only real secret is perfectly well-known to the characters, especially the principal narrator Caroline, wife of a psychiatrist Francis. In 2017 they are living in Leeds, with a young son Eddie, when offered a fortnight’s house swap with a woman living in Chiswick. Finding the opportunity to spend a couple of weeks so near to London, they accept. We discover soon that they are both in very fragile con ...more
Mandy White
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet was a bit slow for me. The story seemed to drag out, which I know a lot of people like. I did enjoy the story of Caroline and Francis who take the opportunity to House Swap for a week near London - leaving their son with grand parents. Their marriage has been struggling to survive and they see it as a chance to get away and try to repair the cracks. That is until strange things start to happen and Caroline is forever looking over her shoulder.

Thanks to Random Hous
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-borrowed
3.5 stars

Although this was a slow burn domestic thriller, I soon "fell" into the story. Alternating between two different periods of time 2013/2015 and narrated by three different characters, The House Swap is simmering with obsession and sex. I enjoyed the writer's way of weaving enticing clues all throughout the book and look forward to what she will write next.

Yes, I am deliberately keeping quiet on the details because the less said, the more intrigued you will become.
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet is a thriller that keeps you guessing.
Caroline and Francis are trying to save their marriage and trip away by themselves sounds like a good idea. They house swap with a person on the Internet for a week on a townhouse near London to try an reconnect with each other. Strange things happen in the townhouse that causes more difficulties and Caroline thinks she is being watched and becomes afraid. I enjoyed this book and all the twists and turns in the story. I would
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
3.5 Star

"A house swap becomes the eerie backdrop to a crumbling marriage, a torrid affair, and the fatal consequences that unfold."

As a person who reads a lot of thrillers, it's few and far between that I find one that truly stands out or gets to me much these days. This one did but in a subtle way where I could weirdly relate to certain tangents portrayed in the book. I think anyone who has been in a long term relationship or marriage understands how hard it is to maintain a good one and how ea
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
An awesome book to get stuck into!

This book had me hooked ear!y with the characters, p!it that kept me on my toes and excellent writing. A solid psychological thriller.

Refreshing. A psychological novel that doesn't feature a child abduction, baby stealing or anything similar that has dominated a lot of books this year. From the title to the cover and the words in the middle I was mesmerized in this book.

Caroline and Francis are imperfect people surviving in a damaged and painful marriage. The ch
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was drawn to this book by the Intreguing synopsis and the tag line on the eye catching cover.Caroline and Francis who are struggling to repair their shattered marriage jump at the opportunity to take part in a house swap.Only the house that they finds themselves in is so sparse and empty they find it hard to imagine that anyone has actually been living there.Not long after they arrive,Caroline starts discovering objects that remind her of someone she used to know,someone she desperately wants ...more
Frank Phillips
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
what a sad/ depressing ending! I was really torn on how to write this book and couldn't decide between 3-4 stars so I will give it a 3.5. it was a very slow burn mystery and very much so a domestic one at that. Not a whole ton of action, at all. But somehow it worked in this specific case. quite possibly because the writing was amazing, I would normally put a book without much action and a slow burn mystery at that down after about 50 pages of effort, but this one kept me going. I knew something ...more
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it

So, Caroline and Francis are trying to rebuild their lives after Caroline has had an affair with a work colleague Carl....they decide to go on a ‘House Swap’ and well, I don’t need to pretend as already you can guess the ‘swap’ is linked to the affair......
Caroline is obnoxious! I don’t think I have ever read a more ‘self indulgent’ character who revels in EVERY detail of her affair......Francis ( her hubby ) is a pill popping drip who amazingly and unbelievably works on n off as a ‘counsellor’
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet. (2018).

Caroline and Francis receive an offer to house swap for a week; an offer they take up in order to reconnect as a couple after having a few difficult years. When they arrive, the house is minimalist and sinister. Then gradually there are some signs of life; however they are signs of Caroline's life that she recognizes in horror, but her husband has no idea. It seems the house belongs to someone Ca
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 rounded up. This psychological thriller has some positives: true suspense with some twists, chapters moving back and forth in time successfully, the theme of marriage and sustained relationships vs. the excitement and passion of new ones, using the backdrop of the relatively new “house swap” for its primary setting. Negativesls include weak character development, an abundance of cliches, tedious repetition of vacuous descriptions (the “hotness” of the primary narrator, the sexiness of her wa ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • My Name is Anna
  • Downdrift
  • Lies Between Us
  • Black Flowers
  • Haven (Lowtown, #1)
  • Black Collar Empire (Black Collar, #1)
  • Don't Close Your Eyes
  • The Drama Teacher
  • Das Nebelhaus
  • The Lie of You: I Will Have What Is Mine
  • Blood Orange
  • Room for Two (Breakfast in Bed #2)
  • The Boys Are Back in Town
  • Tunnel Vision
  • Secrets of the Last Nazi (Myles Munro, #1)
  • The Year of Saying Yes
  • Take Me In
  • The Night She Died
See similar books…
Rebecca Fleet was educated at Oxford and works in brand strategy. She lives in London. The House Swap was her US debut; The Second Wife, her second domestic thriller, is forthcoming from Pamela Dorman Books/Viking.
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »