Written by Rebecca Thornton
Publication Date May 14, 2016
In 1996, Josephine Grey and Freya Seymour are best friends and on the brink of great success. Both are students at the elite private school Greenwood Hall and Josephine, the daughter of the advisor to the Prime Minister, is heading for everything she has ever worked for: Head Girl, Oxford, the demons of her mother finally abated once and for all.
But in 2014, Josephine is hiding in Jordan — and has been for eighteen years since those catastrophic events in her last year at school. And then one day she is found. Freya, whom she has not seen since those fateful four months, insists on meeting to revisit their difficult past once and for all and finally lay to rest the events that have haunted their adult lives ever since. But Josephine can’t bear to — it only took one night for their whole lives, friendship, and even selves to unravel beyond comprehension. They have done truly terrible things to one another in the name of survival. She most of all.
All she has ever wanted was to forget, but Freya is no longer willing to let her and now at last, Josephine is to meet her reckoning . . .
The Exclusives is a gripping and emotional thriller that explores the power the past can have on our present and confronts how far we are willing to go when everything we prize is threatened.
REBECCA THORNTON is a journalist and runs an online advertising business. Her work has been published in Prospect magazine, the Daily Mail, the Jewish News, and the Sunday People. She was acting editor of an arts and culture magazine based in Jordan, and she’s reported from Kosovo, London, and elsewhere in the Middle East. Rebecca is a graduate of the Faber Academy and The Exclusives is her first novel. She lives in London.
"Compellingly dark, brilliantly gripping: Rebecca Thornton takes a scalpel to the heart of female friendship." Elizabeth Day, author of Paradise City
"Prep meets The Secret History meets Mean Girls — a stunning debut novel." Esther Walker, author of The Bad Mother
"Gorgeous, gripping, heartrending, and juicy. Set against the tantalizing background of an exclusive boarding school, The Exclusives explores the labyrinth of friendship and the price of success with vivid accuracy, and also the consequences the most seemingly minute of choices can have. This is an author with a gift for storytelling. You’ll want to devour every word she has written, until you reach the novel’s satisfying conclusion." Marissa Stapley, author of Mating for Life
"...clever, devilish and readable throughout." Toronto Star