The Things We Do to Our Friends

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The Things We Do to Our Friends book cover

by Heather Darwent

Publication date: January 10, 2023
Publisher: Bantam
Hardcover: 336 Pages

Publisher Description

Edinburgh, Scotland: a moody city of labyrinthine alleyways, oppressive fog, and buried history; the ultimate destination for someone with something to hide. Perfect for Clare, then, who arrives utterly alone and yearning to reinvent herself. And what better place to conceal the secrets of her past than at the university in the heart of the fabled, cobblestoned Old Town?

When Clare meets Tabitha, a charismatic, beautiful, and intimidatingly rich girl from her art history class, she knows she’s destined to become friends with her and her exclusive circle: raffish Samuel, shrewd Ava, and pragmatic Imogen. Clare is immediately drawn into their libertine world of sophisticated dinner parties and summers in France. The new life she always envisioned for herself has seemingly begun.

Then Tabitha reveals a little project she’s been working on, one that she needs Clare’s help with. Even though it goes against everything Clare has tried to repent for. Even though their intimacy begins to darken into codependence. But as Clare starts to realize just what her friends are capable of, it’s already too late. Because they’ve taken the plunge. They’re so close to attaining everything they want. And there’s no going back.

Reimagining the classic themes of obsession and ambition with an original and sinister edge, The Things We Do to Our Friends is a seductive thriller about the toxic battle between those who have and those who covet—between the desire to truly belong and the danger of being truly known.

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About the author

Heather Darwent is an author based just outside of Edinburgh near the sea.  The Things We Do to Our Friends is her debut novel.

Read more about Heather ON HER WEBSITE


“Quick, smart, and satisfying.”The Wall Street Journal

“Dark and gripping. . . a compulsive tale of feminist revenge, toxic friendships, and deadly secrets.”The Independent

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“[A] hair-raising debut.”PopSugar

“Darwent has a great career as a thriller writer ahead of her.”Sunday Times

“[A] tantalizingly sinister debut thriller . . . Readers will be on the edge of their seats with this gripping story of codependency and obsession, and fans of Kate Lowe’s The Furies and J.T. Ellison’s Good Girls Lie will devour this—and eagerly await more from Darwent.”Shelf Awareness

“Perfect for fans of dark academia stories like The Secret History and If We Were Villains.”Cosmopolitan




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