The Things We Do To Our Friends

The Things We Do To Our Friends

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 12/01/2023
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The Things We Do To Our Friends
Dark academia at its finest!
Perfect for fans of The Secret History - particularly ones looking for a fresh, feminist bite to a classic tense and toxic dark academia tale. Heather's wr... READ MORE
Emily M at Manchester Arndale
The Things We Do To Our Friends
Incredibly Dark and Twisted!
4.5 stars. I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. Clare arrived at the University of Edinburgh ready to completely reinvent herself.... READ MORE
Cat at Northallerton
The Things We Do To Our Friends
A dark and twisted tale of toxic friendships gone badly wrong
Since it’s been pitched to fans of The Secret History, but with a feminist twist, I was really hoping for a deliciously dark and intoxicating thrill ride f... READ MORE
Bella at Tenterden
The Things We Do To Our Friends
A Dark and Compelling Dark Academia
The Things We Do To Our Friends is a dark, compelling and intense tale of toxic female friendships, becoming a young adult and venturing into the unknown w... READ MORE
Léa at Brighton
The Things We Do To Our Friends
Lackluster and forgettable
Unfortunately, I really struggled with this one. Although I’m definitely not opposed to unlikeable characters, this group of friends were so insufferable i... READ MORE
Olivia

Synopsis

You'd die for them. They'd kill for you... What is the cost of an extraordinary life if others have to pay? Clare arrives at the University of Edinburgh with a secret. This is her chance for a blank slate - to finally become who she was meant to be. And then she meets Tabitha. Tabitha is charismatic, beautiful and intimidatingly rich. Soon Clare is sucked into her enigmatic circle of friends and their dizzying world of champagne on rooftops and summers in France. Her new life has begun. Then Tabitha reveals the little project they're working on, a project they need Clare's help with. And Clare can't say no. Because they know what she did... An intoxicating feminist page-turner, this novel will take you on a journey from Edinburgh's dazzling spires to the dripping staircases and dark alleyways of its underbelly.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241538821
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 611g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 35 mm

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The Things We Do To Our Friends
Gripping tale of toxic friendship
This is a claustrophobic, incredibly neatly paced novel full of unlikeable characters that draws you in from beginning to end. Clare' is at Edinburgh Univ... READ MORE
N Lewis
The Things We Do To Our Friends
perfectly nasty, terrifically fun
What a perfectly nasty, terrifically fun little book? Secrets upon secrets, that friendship group you’d die to be part of, moulding yourself to fit their i... READ MORE
Lizzie | @littlehux
The Things We Do To Our Friends
Toxic, obsessive & vengeful
The Things We Do to Our Friends by Heather Darwent A debut novel that appeals on so many levels. When I hear "dark, intoxicating, compulsive tale of femin... READ MORE
RitaCantStopReading
The Things We Do To Our Friends
Rich Kid Antics
So we're immediately plummeted in a weird situation with a man and some nymph like girls without a clear understanding of what is happening. Fast forward t... READ MORE
Georgie M
The Things We Do To Our Friends
Deeply unsettling and stunningly written
An immersive and unnerving contemporary dark academia novel rippling with tension and oozing with obsession, distrust and toxic friendships. A stunning and... READ MORE
Eleanor S.
The Things We Do To Our Friends
A dark and intoxicating read
It’s a delight to welcome a new author into the crime and thriller world and I have no doubt at all that Heather Darwent will have a sparkling writing care... READ MORE
Mary Picken
The Things We Do To Our Friends
Unputdownable
Unputdownable. I read it in two sittings. Deliciously depraved . So many twists and turns. A hugely entertaining read.
Sonia Jackett
The Things We Do To Our Friends
An absolutely fantastic plot
Loved this book so much! The characters were so enticing and it was a real page turner.
Melissa Watson
The Things We Do To Our Friends
Characters drawn to each other
A book that explores characters that are drawn to each other, and the secrets they may, or may not, share. Clare is starting a new chapter of her life In ... READ MORE
Always Happiest Reading
The Things We Do To Our Friends
Compulsive, addictive, evocative
I can't believe this is a debut, because Heather Darwent's writing is so assured. A brilliant premise, executed with great style, convincingly dragging you... READ MORE
Jo Leevers
The Things We Do To Our Friends
Enthralling
An excellent psychological thriller from Heather Darwent, a tale of toxic friendship and boundaries, one of accepting your true self and a certain fate in ... READ MORE
Elizabeth Wilkins
The Things We Do To Our Friends
Compelling read
he Things We Do to Our Friends is an atmospheric (sometimes dark) read with twists and turns and a pace that keeps you turning the pages. The book is comp... READ MORE
Judy Odom
The Things We Do To Our Friends
Smart, sharp and twisted
This was a fantastic psychological thriller - easy to read, I was quickly immersed in the atmosphere of Clare’s time in Edinburgh. I wouldn’t necessarily ... READ MORE
Kathryn Redfern
The Things We Do To Our Friends
Good debut novel
On the positive side, I thought this was a good, well written debut novel and bodes well for future books from this author. It was a slow burner, which isn... READ MORE
jean
The Things We Do To Our Friends
Engrossing and uncomfortable!
I really don’t know where to start with reviewing this novel. It is deeply complex with layers of intrigue and skilful writing constructing this spiral of ... READ MORE
Ben Hirst
The Things We Do To Our Friends
Sticky, dark, and needle-sharp
The Things We Do To Our Friends toys with you from start to finish, setting up your expectations before whirling you around and sending you, off balance, i... READ MORE
Alice Bell
The Things We Do To Our Friends
An intriguing read
In September 2005 Clare arrives in Edinburgh to start an art course at the University. She is desperate to reinvent herself and equally desperate to fit in... READ MORE
Celia Short
The Things We Do To Our Friends
Twists and Turns Galore!
This debut novel is a mystery (crime) thriller with more twists and turns than you can poke a stick at. It centres around a group of female friends - some ... READ MORE
Richard Lewis
The Things We Do To Our Friends
students become criminals by degrees
The paedophile sits entranced by the three underage girls dancing. He has no choice because he’s tied to the chair. He thinks it’s a game. It isn’t! Th... READ MORE
Denis
The Things We Do To Our Friends
Twisty thriller/dark academia treat.
The protagonists meet in an expertly evoked dark and dank Edinburgh where they are all students. Clare, the main character is an outsider and is delighted ... READ MORE
SG
The Things We Do To Our Friends
Fantastic read!
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC. When I read the premise and saw the comp was The Secret History, I was immediately intrigued and the b... READ MORE
Diane Billas
The Things We Do To Our Friends
Unexpected but unbelievable
This is a book about friendship, building yourself from the beginning. Clare just started uni in Edinburgh and she finds herself drawn to Tabitha and her c... READ MORE
Dabarai
The Things We Do To Our Friends
Very Good
Clare meets Tabitha at Edinburgh University. Clare is studying art. Tabitha is one of a circle of friends including Ashley, Imogen and Georgia. Tabitha liv... READ MORE
Bridget East
The Things We Do To Our Friends
An intriguing read!
Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for my honest review. I have seen so much about this book on Twitter and I was intrigued ... READ MORE
Toni Wade
The Things We Do To Our Friends
Darkly atmospheric!
A darkly atmospheric read, 'The Things We Do To Our Friends' mixes a group of students at Edinburgh University and creates a toxic stew. Heather Darwent do... READ MORE
Sarah Faichney
The Things We Do To Our Friends
Avoid!
The fifth line of Chapter 6 sums up ‘The Things We Do To Our Friends’. ‘This is so boring I could die.’ Identifying the storyline amid the rambling v... READ MORE
Clive Woolliscroft