‘There was a smug satisfaction in the knowledge that her friend’s picture-perfect life was tainted by a dirty secret. Quinn may be far from perfect, but she’d always have that over Hannah.’
Old friends Hannah and Quinn have grown apart over the years as their lives take them in opposite directions. Hannah cares for her three young children, her career on hold, while Quinn has a successful job in advertising, where she works hard and plays harder. But their friendship hangs together because of a terrible secret they share from their university days – a debt Hannah owes Quinn that they can never discuss.
Quinn has always kept her professional and personal lives separate, but these worlds collide when a colleague assaults her. As her life starts falling apart, Quinn decides to take revenge on her attacker – and she expects her old friend Hannah to help. But when things begin to unravel, Hannah must decide how much she’s willing to risk in order to return the favour.
A gripping examination of the darker side of friendship, power and loyalty. How far would you go to repay a debt?
‘The Favour is a piercing portrait of female friendship that lays bare with brutal honesty the huge risks women take when they trust another with their darkest secrets. Indebtedness becomes a moral and personal burden in this fast-paced and gripping novel that will leave readers’ assessing the fault lines of their own friendships and wondering what might be at stake should they ever fracture. In Quinn and Hannah, Rebecca Freeborn has given us that rare quality in a story: frighteningly relatable characters that stay with readers long after they’ve turned the last page.’
Sally Piper, author of The Geography of Friendship
Petronella McGovern, author of Six Minutes and The Good Teacher
‘a compelling examination of loyalty and female friendship, and the issues that continue to affect women today, including victim-blaming and toxic masculinity in the workplace.’
Weekend Australian (May, 2021)
‘A timely book … stays with you long after you’ve finished.’