How far would you go to get your life back?
Kate Dixon is miserable. So when an email arrives from psychology student Anna, offering her a no-strings-attached, three month long life-exchange, she jumps at the chance. After all: what has she got to lose?
But she doesn’t bank on how much Anna has invested in the swap. How long she’s been watching, putting her immaculate plan together as she waits to enter Kate’s life. And as more comes to light about Anna’s past, Kate finds herself in a desperate race to protect all she holds dear.
Leaving your life in someone else’s hands is a dangerous game; Kate’s about to find out just how seriously her opponent is playing.
I enjoyed this book. I think, everyone at some point has wished to switch lives with someone else, or simply get away from it all for a while. When Kate opts to switch with the scheming Anna, it shows how dangerous this can be. There isn’t much I can say about this book without giving away too many spoilers. I can say, however, that there are twists and turns in here that you will never see coming. I am usually good at guessing plot twists, but here, I was genuinely caught off guard. I am also glad that there isn’t a completely happy ending. It is left open a little, with us the reader knowing more than poor Kate.
Kate is ridiculously naive, but believably so. Anna’s motivations are also rather scarily understandable. It is terrifying to realise how far someone will go to get what they want. The supporting characters are also likeable, especially Ben. Bird manages to turn something desirable, with Kate sampling single life in London and escaping from her mundane real life, to something deadly and a whole lot more sinister in one swift move.
I award this book 4/5.
I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher, Carina, in exchange for an honest review.