The Things We Do To Our Friends by Heather Darwent, 4 Stars

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.

My Review:

When we first meet Clare, I feel sorry for her. She is new at University and is dying to meet friends. Now, that doesn’t mean she’ll be friends with just anyone, and she makes that clear. But really, a girl has to be discerning, right? Fall in with the wrong crowd and it can be social suicide…or worse!

Luckily, she secures friendships with a circle that is extremely exclusive and sophisticated. Most of the group has money, or at least comes from the type of money that allows for a summer home, even if it’s not fully staffed. But when it comes out that Clare may not have been the one who picked them, it gets interesting.

The Things We Do For Our Friends is a twisty tale with definitely vibes of Donna Tart’s The Secret History. Special Thanks to Netgalley and Ballantine Books for an advanced e-galley in exchange for my honest review. This one is out now and perfect for snuggling with under a blanket on a snowy day:)

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