I became a Lisa Lutz fan because of The Spellman Files (if you're a mystery fan and haven't read this series yet, stop reading this review and go read them. I'll wait.) and her two standalone novels were excellent, as well. "The Swallows" isn't quite as strong as her previous works, but as a fan I still devoured it and wished there was more. If you're also a Lisa Lutz fan, you'll enjoy what seems to be a mash-up of Gossip Girl and "The Secret History." If you're looking for your next beach read, I would recommend "How to Start a Fire" or "The Passenger" instead.