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A heartbreaking story of friendship and betrayal - can we ever forgive the ones we love the most?

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Rebecca Thornton is a journalist and runs an online advertising business. Her work has been published in Prospect Magazine, 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 the Middle East. Rebecca is an alumna of the Faber Academy writing-a-novel course, where she was tutored by Esther Freud and Tim Lott.

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Compellingly dark, brilliantly gripping: Rebecca Thornton takes a scalpel to the heart of female friendship. -- Elizabeth Day
A very accomplished novel that had me eagerly turning the pages to find out exactly what happened . . . I'm looking forward to reading more from her -- The Haphazardous Hippo blog
Neglecting work, household chores and husbands because I can't get my nose our of my Kindle thanks to Rebecca Thornton's brilliantly unputdownable debut novel, The Exclusives. -- 3 bad mice blog
Dark. Emotional.... This is the kind of story you need to be prepared to sit down and absorb properly...if you like emotional reads that will stay with you then this comes. Highly recommended! * Buried Under Books Blog *
An exploration of friendship, betrayal and the dark, disturbing, far reaching effects down the years. What emerged is something that's very, very good...We're in total suspense and want to be there at the end for the girls' sake. When the end comes, it may be tied off rather neatly, but it's an ending of just desserts and is worth every chewed nail we collect on the way. * The Bookbag *
A cracking read...the friendship between two girls at a privileged boarding school is ripped apart by the events of a single night... -- Cathy Rentzenbrink * Prima Magazine *
Our Top 5 Reads....Two former pupils must try to overcome a dark secret. Gripping. -- Isabelle Broom * Heat Magazine *
The culture of secrets at an elite boarding school results in a dramatic betrayal. Twenty years later it is still causing ripples that threaten to ruin lives. * Elle Magazine *
A boarding school novel with a hint of The Secret History... Thornton ensures that the reader is engaged to the end, and is keen to see how both plot strands pan out. * The Workshy Fop Blog *
A fascinating insight into an all-girls environment, with the dynamics and interactions. I like the fact this story shows the darker side of boarding school life and the lengths pupils will go to achieve their aims. * Between the Lines Blog *
Rebecca Thornton is great at creating tension...I couldn't read through the chapters fast enough...brilliant...I love Rebecca Thornton's vivid writing style. She has a great way of describing settings and situations which made me feel the huge variety of emotions in the story very well. I absolutely loved this fantastic book and highly recommend it.? * Withloveforbooks.com *
The major achievement of The Exclusives is the maintenance of suspense...The Exclusives is like a nasty Malory Towers, or a grown-up version of the Chalet School, with the terrible striving at its heart exposed. It's dark and cruel and in some places melodramatic, but it sure as hell makes you want to know what happened. * Elle Thinks Blog *
Thornton is excellent at depicting the minutiae of female friendship. Her storytelling is careful and lucid, and as I said the whole thing is structured in such a way that you are both engaged and enthralled, waiting to see what comes next. * theselittlewords.com *
I wish I could give this book 6 stars! I absolutely love this book! It is clever and intense; sometimes too intense. There are constant twists in the story, that you may be able to work out if you are a fan of mystery, but overall it keeps you reading until the very last word. * Breakaway Reviewers *
Thornton writes perceptively about how quickly and destructively female friendships can break down * The Sun *
A fascinating take on trauma, tragedy and the claustrophobic intensity of female friendships * wearandwhere.com *
An engrossing novel about girls, friendship and secrets set in a boarding school - think Malory Towers gone bad! * Good Housekeeping Magazine *
This isn't just about female friendship and the dangers contained within, it's more like Donna Tartt's The Secret History meets Curtis Sittenfeld's Prep * Readers Digest *
The Exclusives by Rebecca Thornton is an amazing novel about girls, friendship and secrets set in a boarding school - think Mallory Towers gone bad! * Goodhousekeeping.co.uk *
There's definitely a 'mean girls' element to The Exclusives and readers of YA, NA and those who enjoy dissecting friendships and their demise will enjoy it * carpelibrum.net *
Brilliantly dissects the fragmenting friendship between two apparently gilded girls. But after the terrible events of one night, their lives spiral wildly out of control and into darkness. So gripping, it's edge-of-your-sunlounger stuff * Hush *

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