My Mini Thoughts
Freya is an Instagram Influencer who moves to the Pacific Northwest island for peace and quiet after her hockey player husband injures another player during a game. It’s here she meets Low/Swallow after hanging up a flyer at the local high school offering to teach pottery classes at her home. Low is a peculiar teenager with BIG feelings. The more time she spends with the beautiful newcomer, the more obsessed she becomes. When Jamie enters the picture and starts taking up more of Freya’s time, Low becomes insanely jealous. One night Freya and her husband invite Jamie and her husband over, and what happens next changes their lives forever.
Unfortunately this book didn’t work for me. I felt the story was all about everyone always trying to please Freya. Max, Low, Jamie all seemed to succumb to her charm no matter what the consequences. Freya comes off as sweet and innocent at first, like a victim because of what happened with Max, but when things don’t go her way watch out! I wanted to shake Low because she was so blinded by her obsession with Freya. She couldn’t see how toxic the relationship really was.
I will say that I did like reading about all the different points of views. While this book wasn’t for me, it may be for you!
Book Rating: 3/5
Wine Pairing: Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells
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.