The Reunion

'Reminiscent of Big Little Lies' VICTORIA SELMAN

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Pub Date 1 Jun 2023 | Archive Date 21 Mar 2022
Simon and Schuster UK, Simon & Schuster UK

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'Dark, gripping . . .  a cracking piece of revenge drama' HARRIET TYCE

'An utterly addictive, deliciously dark look at the underside of glamorous university life . . . An absolute five star read' GYTHA LODGE

'I was completely hooked. Reminiscent of Big Little LiesVICTORIA SELMAN

A chance to reconnect.
A chance to get revenge . . .

Emily Toller has tried to forget her time at university and the events that led to her suddenly leaving under a cloud. She has done everything she can to forget the shame and the trauma – and the people involved. She has tried to focus on the life she has built with her children and husband, Nick.

But events like that can’t just be forgotten. Not without someone answering for what they’ve done. 

When an invitation arrives to a University reunion, everything clicks into place. Emily has a plan.

Because if you can’t forget – why not get revenge?

A fresh, original and strikingly relatable psychological thriller, perfect for fans of ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL.

PRAISE FOR POLLY PHILLIPS

'The Reunion is a standout tale of guilt, betrayal and toxic friendship, simmering with suspense and observations the reader instantly relates to' VICTORIA SELMAN

'The pages don't so much turn as burn in this provocative, twisting tale about the magnetism of contempt, the intoxication of revenge, and the weight and unpredictability of the past' DOMINIC NOLAN

‘Friendships don’t get much more toxic than this – a compelling tale of jealousy, rivalry and the things we do to those closest to us’ 
T.M. LOGAN, author of The Holiday and The Catch

‘From the intriguing and hooky first chapter to the final page, it held me in a vice-like grip'
SOPHIE HANNAH, author of Haven’t They Grown
 
'A perfectly-paced page-turner that cleverly explores the "frenemy" relationship'  
PHILIPPA EAST, author of Little White Lies

‘Pacy, stylishly-executed and brimming with tension. This book captures frenemies in a truly terrifying way!’ 
JO SPAIN, author of Dirty Little Secrets

'Dark, gripping . . .  a cracking piece of revenge drama' HARRIET TYCE

'An utterly addictive, deliciously dark look at the underside of glamorous university life . . . An absolute five...


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Wow. What a read.
Emily Toller has tried to forget her time at university and the events that led to her suddenly leaving under a cloud. She has done everything she can to forget the shame and the trauma – and the people involved. She has tried to focus on the life she has built with her children and husband, Nick. But events like that can’t just be forgotten. Not without someone answering for what they’ve done. When an invitation arrives to a University reunion, everything clicks into place. Emily has a plan. Because if you can’t forget – why not get revenge?
I loved this book. I loved this author's debut novel and this book is more intersting than it. Definitely a good novel.
Thanks to NetGalley and Simon Schuster UK for giving me an advance copy.

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Flew, [I'm mean hours not days] through this gripping, relatable and whirlwind of a novel. I think most women have been Emily before, in some way or form and I loved how Phillips took a real life experience [for many] to the next level. It is filled with disgusting, despicable characters that you love to hate, but also so much emotion and depth in Emily and her many losses. I can't believe this is only a second novel. Phillips no doubt has a long and successful career ahead of her and this is only the beginning.

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An absolute banger of a read! 😱😱
I wasn’t too taken in by the cover if I’m honest, but the description intrigued me. In a nutshell this is one of your dual-narrative read with a NOW and THEN that follows Emily in the present haunted by a trauma from her past back in her Cambridge university student days. Yes, it has that Cambridge elitist trope and recurrent themes of toxic masculinity and slut-shaming culture. It explores themes many psychological thrillers have tackled. This isn’t a new topic and there’s many books like this. However, this is one that’s done well. I was so invested in the protagonist and her arc that the twists, one which I saw coming, really hits in a visceral way. A stellar read. Can’t recommend this enough.

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I was anticipating a predictable conclusion but this story shocked me again and again and again - a LOT happens during the second half of this story 😱 I really loved the unpredictability and think this will be one of those hot hot hot summer reads ☀️

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Deliciously dark and deceptive.

The Reunion is a duel-timeline story set both in the present day and our main character's university days. It was pacy and gripping and I found myself thinking about the characters even while I was away from the book - a sure sign that I'm enjoying it.

Emily and Nick are the perfect couple, well-written and believable. And the ghosts of Emily's past brought to life in the past chapters were perfect. It took me right back to my days in Cambridge, I knew a few Wills and Harrys then too.

Loved it.

Thanks to Simon & Schuster and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review.

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