WINNER OF THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD
'Will leave you shaken to your very core' Cosmopolitan
NAMED A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2019 by Buzzfeed, Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine, Electric Literature, The Millions, PopSugar, Philadelphia Inquirer, Publisher's Weekly, Lit Hub, Bustle and Huffington Post
Sarah and David are in love - the obsessive, uncertain love of teenagers on the edge of adulthood. They have just started their first term at a performing arts school, where the rules are made by their magnetic drama instructor Mr Kingsley, who initiates them into a dangerous game. Two decades on we learn that the real story of these teenagers' lives is even larger and darker than we imagined, and the consequences have lasted a lifetime. Trust Exercise
is a brilliant, unforgettable novel about what we lose, gain and never get over as we're initiated into adulthood's mysterious structures of sex and power.