Two women. Two children. But whose is whose?
When two strangers, Tess and Annie, undergo IVF at an American clinic, their embryos are mixed up and each woman gives birth to the wrong child.
The women only discover the devastating error three years later. Tess wants to swap the children back; Annie doesn’t. As the pair wrangle, neither of them expect what unfolds.
The Swap is an emotionally charged and insightful story following two women and their families as they deal with a difficult moral and heart breaking problem.
Tess struggles with her young son, her desperation for a daughter colouring her viewpoint. When she discovers he is not her biological child, she and her opposite number Annie have very different idea’s on motherhood and the rights and wrongs of it all.
This is a cleverly woven tale that takes on many themes of parenthood, motherhood and nurture. Fiona Mitchell creates setting and character that allows you to feel sympathy for both these women and their wider family unit and is hugely thought provoking- I mean what would you do?
It’s an intricate and fascinating read, with a strong emotional core, encompassing all the shades of grey such a situation might throw up and really putting you at the heart of it all. The Swap may not go in the direction you expect, I found it to be a highly engaging read that made me really think about what I may feel and do in the same circumstances . I’m not sure there’s an answer to that.