The Swap

The Swap

The Swap begins when Nicole Lewis, young woman living in Los Angeles, arranges a summer-long swap of her condo for a London couple’s house. She thinks it’s the perfect arrangement. She’s always dreamed of seeing the real London, not just the tourist spots. She’ll be able to accompany her husband, Brad, on his out-of-town work as a trouble-shooter for his company. It will a...

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The Swap Reviews

  • Maria

    Nicole, is an American who will be staying for 3 weeks in a big house in London, not for holidays but to try to save her marriage with Brad. When some frightening things start to happen around her, she only wants to return home and divorce Brad.

    Visiting London is one of my favourite pleasures, and staying there for 3 weeks would be my dream. I made a few swap houses in my life, some are better than others of course, but I was never so unlucky like Nicole to end in a house like the Lowry's!

    I love

    Nicole, is an American who will be staying for 3 weeks in a big house in London, not for holidays but to try to save her marriage with Brad. When some frightening things start to happen around her, she only wants to return home and divorce Brad.

    Visiting London is one of my favourite pleasures, and staying there for 3 weeks would be my dream. I made a few swap houses in my life, some are better than others of course, but I was never so unlucky like Nicole to end in a house like the Lowry's!

    I love reading a book that allows you to make your own plots on your head while you are reading it...

    Is Brad behind the bomb explosion? Who are the Lowry's? Why is Alice so frightened? Is Reinhart who he says he is?

    And knowing that maybe the author will make a twist on the next page and everything you planned could not be...

    I recommend you to follow Nancy Boyarsky books, they are enjoyable everywhere, even so making swap houses! And finding a good mystery with twists and an interesting plot is the best way to start the new year.

    So, in your next travel, would you choose a hotel or swapping houses?

  • Susan Bissell

    If you are looking for a good book to read you have found it here with this book! It has everything you ever wanted in a good mystery. The story starts out like a vacation any bad vacation, one of Nicole's suitcase turns up missing at the airport, then she and her husband get to the place where they are staying and it looks like a dump from the outside, but it gets better as they get inside the house and start to look around, it's not so bad if you don't count the horrid painting in the dining r

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

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Katie

    The Swap is the kind of mystery thriller that really kept me guessing. Nicole has gone to London with her husband, doing a swap where they stay in a London couple’s home while they stay in her condo in the US. But soon after she arrives in London, strange things begin to happen; a strange man confronts her outside the house, she feels like she is being watched, and then someone breaks in while she is home. Unfortunately, the police don’t listen to her, and her husband seems more into his secreta

    The Swap is the kind of mystery thriller that really kept me guessing. Nicole has gone to London with her husband, doing a swap where they stay in a London couple’s home while they stay in her condo in the US. But soon after she arrives in London, strange things begin to happen; a strange man confronts her outside the house, she feels like she is being watched, and then someone breaks in while she is home. Unfortunately, the police don’t listen to her, and her husband seems more into his secretary, and dismisses Nicole’s concerns. Nicole tries to figure out exactly why she is in danger.

    I really liked the home swap premise of this story. It felt like it really made it believable that Nicole could fall into something very complex and dangerous, due to mistaken identity. The author also did a great job of keeping me guessing throughout the story, which I appreciated This all made for story that I had to keep reading to see what was really going on.

    I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Linda Diaz

    Nicole Lewis finds herself in a predicament. After Nicole and Brad Lewis from Los Angeles swap houses with Fredrick and Muriel Lowry in London, their world unravels. Brad is a little shady, to say the least. He is a computer executive who his own business in electronic funding on the side. Oh yes, and before I forget, he is also cheating on Nicole.

    From the start, Nicole meets Inspector Richard H. Reinhardt, who is searching for Fredrick Lowry. The tenant in the Lowry's home, Alice McConnehy, see

    Nicole Lewis finds herself in a predicament. After Nicole and Brad Lewis from Los Angeles swap houses with Fredrick and Muriel Lowry in London, their world unravels. Brad is a little shady, to say the least. He is a computer executive who his own business in electronic funding on the side. Oh yes, and before I forget, he is also cheating on Nicole.

    From the start, Nicole meets Inspector Richard H. Reinhardt, who is searching for Fredrick Lowry. The tenant in the Lowry's home, Alice McConnehy, seems to always vanish. At every turn, Nicole is in danger, from a car bomb to an explosion on a boat. Her marriage is also in danger from Brad's infidelity with a ditzy co-worker to his illegal venture company that could lead to jail time. But the question still remains as to why Nicole is being targeted by a drug kingpin.

    We travel with Nicole trying to escape thugs on the London Underground to the Isle of Benbarra in Scotland. The authorities and everyone else in Nicole's life do not believe she will be harmed. But she bravely investigates in hopes of finding the truth because the police seem to be incompetent. Nicole's life has twists and turns at every corner! However, she is more aware of her surrounding, of the world she really lives in. I can't wait for Nicole's next chapter!

    I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Kristina

    The Swap: A Mystery by Nancy Boyarsky is a fun mystery book. It is not quite a cozy mystery but it is also not a suspense or mystery thriller (just a very good mystery). Nicole and Brad Lewis are flying to London for the summer. Brad’s office has sent him across the pond to handle an acquisition. Nicole insisted on going with Brad because she felt that they need the time together, not apart, to work on their marriage. They arranged to swap houses with a couple named Lowry. The Lowry’s would live

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

  • Carolyn

    Nicole and her husband Brad have arranged a house swap for the summer while Brad is working in London. Except the London couple never arrive at Nicole and Brad's house in LA and not long after they arrive in London strange things start happening to Nicole. First someone breaks into the house and then she is followed by a couple of thugs and threatened. The police aren't very helpful and neither is Brad who seems distracted by work so Nicole is left to work out what is happening herself.

    This was

    Nicole and her husband Brad have arranged a house swap for the summer while Brad is working in London. Except the London couple never arrive at Nicole and Brad's house in LA and not long after they arrive in London strange things start happening to Nicole. First someone breaks into the house and then she is followed by a couple of thugs and threatened. The police aren't very helpful and neither is Brad who seems distracted by work so Nicole is left to work out what is happening herself.

    This was an engaging mystery with plenty of twists and turns, some classic bad guys and a handsome undercover cop. Also plenty of action with kidnappings and explosions as Nicole inadvertently gets mixed up with some very nasty criminals.

  • Cindy

    The Swap was a quick read because it was a hard to put down book! What started as a house swap summer vacation in London turned into an intriguing mystery. Danger was not what Nicole expected from her trip, but she found plenty.

    It was well written with lots of suspense and a mystery I couldn't figure out. The author did a great job with lots of twists and turns to make me as paranoid as the main character! It was a fast paced story that had you questioning each character and what their motives w

    The Swap was a quick read because it was a hard to put down book! What started as a house swap summer vacation in London turned into an intriguing mystery. Danger was not what Nicole expected from her trip, but she found plenty.

    It was well written with lots of suspense and a mystery I couldn't figure out. The author did a great job with lots of twists and turns to make me as paranoid as the main character! It was a fast paced story that had you questioning each character and what their motives were. Good guy...bad guy? Read this book and find out.

    I highly recommend this exciting mystery and look forward to reading more from this author!

    * I received an ARC from the publisher and NetGalley. I voluntarily reviewed this book.

  • Heidi

    It all sounded good in theory: when Nicole’s husband Brad is offered a short working stint in England with an IT company over summer, Nicole thinks that it would be the perfect opportunity to break routine and rekindle their marriage. The plan is to swap homes with Frederick and Muriel Lowry, a couple Brad has had contact with through his work. However, soon after their arrival in London, Nicole is having serious doubts as to whether this was a good idea. Brad is more distant and distracted than

    It all sounded good in theory: when Nicole’s husband Brad is offered a short working stint in England with an IT company over summer, Nicole thinks that it would be the perfect opportunity to break routine and rekindle their marriage. The plan is to swap homes with Frederick and Muriel Lowry, a couple Brad has had contact with through his work. However, soon after their arrival in London, Nicole is having serious doubts as to whether this was a good idea. Brad is more distant and distracted than usual, and she is experiencing some strange incidents in the Lowry’s home, which scare her. When she is threatened by thugs looking for the Lowrys, who supposedly owe money to someone who will not stop at anything to get even, she discovers that the couple have never actually arrived in the US as arranged. Worst of all, Brad is refusing to take her seriously, putting her fears down to jetlag and paranoia. Soon things escalate and Nicole is finding herself on the run – from the thugs, the police and her husband.

    The premise of the story – a house-swap gone terribly wrong – was intriguing and I found myself quickly drawn into the book as our unsuspecting couple arrives in London only to find that the house is not what they were expecting. However, the rest of the book was a bit of a mixed bag for me. It was interesting to find out that the author, Nancy Boyarsky, has a background as editor and writer of textbooks and political articles, because it is obvious that she can write well. However, I think that this explains some of the problems I had with the story – at times it read a bit too factual and dry, with stilted dialogue, telling instead of showing and inconsistencies with character development. This may just be due to The Swap being a debut novel in quite a different genre than the author is used to.

    Personally, I also felt that Boyarski was trying to pack too many twists and turns into the story (Nicole is like a little spinning top – she never stays in one place for longer than 5 minutes), which at times made it choppy and frustrating to follow. Then, running out of time, there were whole “summary” paragraphs condensing numerous events into a few explanatory sentences, rather than letting them play out. Despite plenty of action and a fairly tense cat-and-mouse game, I felt a bit put off by some clichés used in character development, and found it difficult to connect with Nicole, who I felt lacked emotional depth (as did her relationships). Seeing that this is the first of a series, I am hoping that Nicole’s character will evolve over time and develop a bit more personality. As long as Nicole can pull off the plucky female investigator role, I think the series has a lot of potential. As for now, I remain sitting on the fence ...

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free electronic copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  • Marjolein

    2.5 Stars

    All the reviews I found on this book were super positive, but I was less charmed.

    Mostly because I couldn't see how this book was any different from at least a dozen or more books I read before. Nicole swaps her house in California for one in London for the summer to be able to see the real London and accompany her husband, who's working in London. Almost as soon as she arrives, weird things start happening, and why are the Lowr

    2.5 Stars

    All the reviews I found on this book were super positive, but I was less charmed.

    Mostly because I couldn't see how this book was any different from at least a dozen or more books I read before. Nicole swaps her house in California for one in London for the summer to be able to see the real London and accompany her husband, who's working in London. Almost as soon as she arrives, weird things start happening, and why are the Lowrys, whom they switched homes with, not answering their phones...

    While it started out quite interesting, near the end it was filled with every cliché ever. The villain really was one dimensional (if he even had a single dimension), and the other bad guys were caricatures. The ending was too dramatic all together (and something I'd seen before already).

    Because the start actually wasn't that bad and I could see some real potential (this could have been a really good book but for the turn it took), still 2.5 stars, but I wouldn't really recommend it.

    Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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