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Heather Darwent’s debut novel The Things We Do to Our Friends is a dark thriller that captures toxic friendships, the need to fit in, and how far a person will go to belong.

Clare is desperate to forget her past. Hiding a dark secret, she’s ready to find her place in the world. But to do that, she might have to reveal everything she is trying to leave behind. 

Clare needs to hide their past and Edinburgh seems like the perfect place for her to do it. Starting afresh in the university in the centra of Old Town, she meets Tabitha.

Tabitha is everything Clare isn’t; Beautiful, rich and intimidating. Clare knows that they’re going to be friends. She gains access to Tabitha’s exclusive circle and into a world of summers in France and sophisticated dinner parties.

Finally, Clare has the life she’s always wanted. 

But when Tabitha reveals a project she’s been working on, something she wants Clare’s help with, everything starts to spiral out of control. It is everything Clare was trying to leave behind but as their toxic friendship becomes co-dependent, there is no going back. 

Fans of The Secret History and If We Were Villains, will love this debut with it’s toxic friendship, dark academia, and winding backdrop of Edinburgh University. Leading the readers down a dark and distrubing road, this seductive thriller will draw you in and keep you hooked until the very end!