The Swap

The Swap

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"No list of thrillers is complete without Robyn Harding," proclaims Real Simple. 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 centre 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, 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 135 x 210 x 28mm | 288g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 198214176X
  • 9781982141769
  • 204,319

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Praise for The Swap

"[A] convincing tale of obsession and celebrity worship...Fans of psychological thrillers will be satisfied." * Publishers Weekly * "Harding conjures a dark, inescapable feeling...[Her] tale will please readers who enjoy delving into the details of how private actions in a relationship are different from public displays." * Booklist * "Nearly everyone in this passion play becomes delightfully unhinged in the end . . . Dangerously addictive." * Kirkus Reviews * "There are books born for summer reading and The Swap is one of them. Steamy sex, obsession, partner swapping - this one has it all. Vancouver author Robyn Harding keeps the reader engaged with a group of fascinating characters, each with a secret." * The Globe * Switch it up. Or maybe don't. In this dark thriller, two couples swap spouses for a night. Turns out... not such a great idea. There's a plotline about pottery classes (giving us major "Ghost" vibes), a social media influencer, and an adoption scam. It reads like a soap opera and is so intense, you'll be talking about for days after you finish.

* The Skimm * "A new book from Harding is always a treat." * CrimeReads * "Every summer, Robyn Harding releases a twisty, turn-y thriller. And every summer, we bump it to the top of our reading lists. The Swap, about what happens when two friends swap husbands for the night, will keep you on your toes until the very end." * Hello Giggles * "Two young couples. One remote island. And a night that goes too far. What could possibly go wrong? Robyn Harding's The Swap is everything I've come to love about her books-provocative, sexy, and full of surprises!" -- Wendy Walker, nationally bestselling author of The Night Before "Gripping from the first line, The Swap is a wickedly delicious, addictive, utterly compelling read about obsession, toxic relationships, and dangerous secrets. I devoured every dark, twisted word until the last explosive scene. An absolute must-read, this suspense will shock and rivet readers through each masterful page." -- Samantha M. Bailey, bestselling author of Woman on the Edge "Robyn Harding has upped her game with the page-turning and completely riveting The Swap. Harding deftly explores toxic friendship, desire, and obsession in this engrossing novel, in which two couples-one a glittering pair of former celebrities, the other stalwart high school sweethearts-become entangled in a web of secrets and jealousy. This is a clear-your-night-and-read-in-one-sitting book!" -- Kathleen Barber, author of Are You Sleeping and Follow Me "Robyn Harding is an expert at slowly building creeping dread and The Swap was no exception. In what is undoubtedly her best book yet, Harding explores toxic friendships, obsession, and swinging, bringing a lonely, slightly sociopathic teenager into center of it all. The outcome is explosive, sexy, and completely absorbing. The Swap is guaranteed to be a must read this summer!" -- Kate Moretti, New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Year and In Her Bones Praise for The Arrangement

"An insider's look into the world of sugar daddies . . . full of shocking revelations, volatile characters, and vice. Look out: The Arrangement will blow your mind." -- Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl "A nightmarish deep dive into the underbelly of a secret world. Rivetingly dark, The Arrangement delivers on every level - a shocking premise, a forbidden obsession, and a plot that builds slowly and masterfully escalates to a chilling end. Prepare to be blindsided." -- Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Not a Sound Praise for Her Pretty Face

"A fast-paced, thrilling, gut-wrenching novel with sharp teeth and daring observations about the inner lives of women. I flew through the pages, desperate to get hold of what was going on beneath the surface but Robyn Harding was always one step ahead. Positively exhilarating." -- Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six "The tony setting and the slowly revealed secrets make this a good read-alike for Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies." * Booklist * "Robyn Harding spins a masterful tale of the disintegration of a seemingly perfect family in the aftermath of a disastrous sweet sixteen party. Engrossing and unflinching in its portrayal of the dark side of human nature, The Party takes the concept of 'mean girls' to a whole new level." -- A. J. Banner, #1 bestselling author of The Good Neighbor and The Twilight Wife Praise for The Party

"A tense and riveting story about one night gone horribly wrong, and the fallout within a family and a group of friends. Secrets, desires, choice and consequence, The Party reveals that what lies inside a family-and each person-is not always as it seems. I was hooked from the opening scene and could not look away until I reached the very last page." -- Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls "Sexy and edgy . . . Harding keeps the tension taut throughout . . . [and] also raises several thought-provoking questions about love, fidelity and friendship that makes it an interesting conversation starter. . . . Harding explores toxicity in all relationships in a way that is smart and observant, but equally fun to read. The Swap is an excellent dose of escapism, perfect for readers of Cape May, Stranger in the Lake, and A Strange on the Beach." * Bookreporter *
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About Robyn Harding

Robyn Harding is the author of numerous books, including the international bestseller, The Party, and The Swap, which was an instant #1 Globe and Mail (Toronto) and #1 Toronto Star bestseller. She has also written and executive produced an independent film. She lives in Vancouver, BC, with her family. Visit her at or follow her on Twitter and Instagram @RHardingWriter or Facebook @AuthorRobynHarding.
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Rating details

10,868 ratings
3.66 out of 5 stars
5 18% (1,965)
4 41% (4,461)
3 31% (3,421)
2 8% (831)
1 2% (190)
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