Title: The Exclusives
Author: Rebecca Thornton
Pages: 378 Pages
- Freya Seymour and Josephine Grey are invincible – beautiful and brilliant, the two best friends are on the cusp of Oxbridge, and the success they always dreamed they’d share.
- Freya gets in touch, looking for a conversation Josephine has run away from for eighteen long and tortured years.
Beginning with one ill-fated night, The Exclusives charts the agonising spiral of friendship gone wrong, the heartache and betrayal of letting down those closest to you and the poisonous possibilities of what we wouldn’t do when everything we prize is placed under threat.
And in the end, as she realises she cannot run for ever, Josephine must answer one question: is it Freya she cannot face, or is it her own darkest secret?
I do like a good campus novel. I also love a good story about failing friendship. Enter Josephine and Freya. Best friends whose relationship falls apart after a sneaky night out. Freya wants to talk about what happened but Josephine just wants to forget it. When best friends want such different things, can their relationship really last?
Rebecca Thornton really has it the nail on the head with The Exclusives. She shows the pressure that is placed upon young people who have a desire to succeed at any cost. She shows the malicious dynamics between a group of young people. Furthermore, it shows how hormones combined with social situations can and will be overwhelming in an oestrogen filled environment.
The story is told over two time periods – 1996 and 2014. This gives us just enough distance for the secrets to fester enough to become sinister. However, Thornton really does leave you hanging on and on and on and on. Personally, I prefer to be drip fed information, even if it is red herrings throughout the narrative. I prefer a quicker speed. Saying that, this doesn’t hinder the pace of the novel and having it told over the two time frames makes you eager to get back to one of the other of them. I really didn’t want to put the book down. I needed to know what had happened.
Thornton’s The Exclusives really is a satisfying read. You don’t have any loose ends dangling and you aren’t left wondering about the characters. It really, really is a good story.
The Exclusives by Rebecca Thornton is available now.
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