TRIGGER WARNING: Sexual abuse, rape, and attempted suicide.
My review will not contain direct discussions of these triggers but please be aware of them before researching or reading the book.
The Exclusives by Rebecca Thornton. Read the synopsis here.
Overall rating – 4 out of 5 stars.
I got this book from a local charity shop of mine and tbh it languished on the shelf for months (nearly a year in fact) and after reading it I am incredibly disappointed in myself that I left it unread for that long…
I thoroughly enjoyed The Exclusives, particularly the plot and the way the story was presented to us. Alternate chapters had alternate years, we were in 1996 for one then 2014 next then back to 1996, which usually bugs the life out of me, but on this occasion lent itself incredibly well to the story. It meant that we could begin to put pieces of the puzzle together ourselves, whilst never quite having enough information to reach the conclusion.
The switch between the two years also meant that the author could really ramp up the intrigue. And that they did! At no point could I put this book down unless I was absolutely forced to by work constraints or ya know, the need for sleep and food. I was addicted and drawn into every single page.
However, there were a couple of things that disappointed me with earlier plot lines that seemed to have been forgotten about and the big reveal at the end wasn’t what had been alluded to throughout the whole story.
But, the general high quality of writing in this book and the characters (more to come on them in a second!) definitely made this book an enjoyable read (if that’s the right word to use…)
It was hard for me to decide between the plot or the characters as my favourite part of this book, because I absolutely was obsessed with every character in this story! We had the book from Josephine’s POV, and I don’t think I could have asked for a better lead character. Closely followed by Freya, her Dad, Freya’s Dad, the teachers at their school and even Jeremy all had their key role to play and OH BOY did they! I couldn’t find fault with a character in this story they were woven together perfectly.
On the whole, I really enjoyed my read of The Exclusives by Rebecca Thornton and I would definitely recommend it to others. My only major criticism is the lack of trigger warnings given the events that take place within this book. If you do pick this one up please be aware of the themes involved. I’ll pop them again below.
TRIGGER WARNING: Sexual abuse, rape, and attempted suicide are all discussed within this story. Please proceed at your own risk.
Happy reading bookworms! Until next time, Em xxx