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Recommended by Entertainment Weekly * CNN * Harper's Bazaar * E! Online * Refinery 29 * Bustle * Shondaland * Vulture * The Millions * Lit Hub * Electric Literature * Parade * MSN * and more!

“For when you want a coming-of-age novel with a dark twist. In this provocative novel, the past isn’t always as far away as you think.” (The Skimm)

“[S]o beautifully written that I marked lines - for their perceptive genius - on nearly every page.... This perfectly paced novel examines class structures and sexual identity and betrayals and tragedy in a way that had be both wanting to rip through the pages and wanting to savor each sentence until the extremely satisfying end." (Elin Hilderbrand for Literati)

Can we ever really escape our pasts?

The girls of St John the Divine, an elite English boarding school, were notorious for flipping their hair, harassing teachers, chasing boys, and chain-smoking cigarettes. They were fiercely loyal, sharp-tongued, and cuttingly humorous in the way that only teenage girls can be. For Josephine, now in her 30s, the years at St John were a lifetime ago. She hasn’t spoken to another Divine in 15 years, not since the day the school shuttered its doors in disgrace.

Yet now Josephine inexplicably finds herself returning to her old stomping grounds. The visit provokes blurry recollections of those doomed final weeks that rocked the community. Ruminating on the past, Josephine becomes obsessed with her teenage identity and the forgotten girls of her one-time orbit. With each memory that resurfaces, she circles closer to the violent secret at the heart of the school’s scandal. But the more Josephine recalls, the further her life unravels, derailing not just her marriage and career, but her entire sense of self. 

Suspenseful, provocative, and thoroughly enjoyable, The Divines explores the tension between the lives we lead as adults and the experiences that form us, probing us to consider how our memories as adults compel us to reexamine our pasts.

©2021 Ellie Eaton (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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no no no

I was looking so forward to this. I have listened, rewound, listened again. Tried three times! I for the life of me can not figure out what is going on. Look at my profile, I very rarely give bad stars or have to return a book. Narrator is horrid too!

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Imogen is always great

I usually love coming of age novels but this one really dragged on and there wasn’t enough conflict to make it interesting. I finished it because Imogen Church is such a wonderful narrator she made my time listening to this rather dull story ok.

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my first read of the year and it’s a 5 star read for me!

i patiently (not really all that patient tbh) waited for this to release so i could finally get my hands on it. something about stories of past secrets coming back to haunt you later on that always make me keep reading to find out just how terrible it really is. i’m a bit sad with the ending though , it was great but when it was over i still had unanswered questions. i wish we could have just a few more chapters on what happened next etc. guess we will never know. i rarely write reviews but this one is well worth a read. i was skeptical because of the review on here but honestly this book really surprised me.

at times the audio was a bit unbearable but the narrator did such an impressive job at reading with the correct tones, it really amazed me. would love to listen to more from this narrator!!

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Although quite detailed I found I was forcing myself to finish the book. I didn’t find the story very compelling and thought the reader was a bit over-dramatic.

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Every single character is unlikeable

Oh I hated this book. Finishing it was a chore - I find it hard to leave things unfinished. No likeable characters. Was the end supposed to be a surprise? It wasn't. We're we supposed to like a single character? I didn't. Lauren is weirdly controlling. Skipper is the classic high school cool kid bully. Gerri Lake may be persecuted, but she does herself no favors. The mother is awful, awful, awful. The good-guy husband is utterly unbelievable, and even more unbelievable is that he'd be with the narrator. Ah, the narrator. It's hard when the whole book is from the point of view of someone so loathesome.

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I kept listening hoping for something but instead all I got was a self absorbed woman that has insecurities and let’s them take over her seemingly normal life.

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Disappointing Ending

I was very excited for this especially after the first few chapters. Unlike other reviews I was into it the whole time. I thoroughly enjoy Imogen as a narrator and have listened to some of hers in the past. I was SO disappointed with the ending!! So much was left unsaid and not tied up at all. Very bummed.