Rachel Edwards is an author with Fourth Estate, HarperCollins. Her debut, Darling, was described in the national press as ‘the first Brexit thriller’. She has since appeared at literary festivals and events around the UK. Her articles have featured across the national media including in The Guardian and The Sunday Times. During the summer of 2020, she was a lead columnist for The Sunday Times Magazine and she is a regular guest on BBC Radio, featuring on Woman’s Hour in 2019 and 2020. Her second novel, Lucky – a tale about race, migration, betrayal, online gambling and the risks we all take to survive - is out on 24th June 2021.
Weaving between complex social issues, this is a powerful, tense, and striking second novel by Rachel Edwards. When Etta turns to online gambling her entire life begins to crumble, she is willing to do anything to stop her world from imploding. Rachel Edward’s wonderfully captivating debut Darling was a LoveReading Star Book which concentrated on the new wife and young daughter of a man as they each fought for his love and attention. Lucky is entirely different in plot, yet a strong central character again sits to the fore. Etta can be stubborn (determined), manipulative (smart), she’s also addicted (lost and confused), kind, thoughtful, and loving. I found her frustrating and appealing in equal measures which lead to me forming a complex yet fascinating relationship with her character. Suspense kept me company throughout this novel, at times I almost read between my fingers as I waited to see what Etta would do next. I explored online gambling, migration, identity, race, and relationship traps and pitfalls all on top of a plot that that had me edging along a towering clifftop of tension. Rachel Edwards has created an intriguing and compelling main character, a cracking plot and sub-plot which collide to create the most fabulous ending. Lucky is an intriguing, smart, and thought-provoking novel I can highly recommend.
Prepare yourself, this is a slicing, clever, wonderfully captivating tale ready to twist thoughts, to skewer feelings. Thomas falls in love with Darling, his 16-year-old daughter Lola is horrified, each woman is determined not to lose Thomas. The intriguing prologue immediately hooked my attention, my eyebrows raised, my eyes opened wide, my mind gasped. We hear from both Darling and Lola, each so different, so vibrantly alive with conviction. Darling’s voice is rich and full of flavour, I could close my eyes and still hear her, while Lola is sharp with a head full of thoughts, brittle, yet flaming, fiery. I found myself reading faster, wanting to gobble up the pages, yet was determined not to miss a single word. By the time awareness started to prickle my consciousness, by the time understanding crashed in around me, I was on a non-stop collision course with the end. Darling is a powerful read, a vibrant, punchy, thoughtful wow of a read, and I loved it. Head to our 'Black Lit Matters' list to find more must-read novels by black writers.
A tense, twisty novel about race, power, betrayal, survival - and an addiction so compelling it threatens to destroy everything in its path 'A fresh, exhilarating voice' Adele Parks 'Impossible to put down' Louise Hare, author of This Lovely City Etta believes she was born lucky. She believes that if she can save enough money, she and Ola can finally marry and buy a home. Willing to chance it all, she quietly begins to make money on an online gambling site - until she begins losing. Soon she has secretly lost their entire savings. Luckily, Etta has made a friend on the site, a friend who has recently won big. Perhaps she can persuade him to give her a loan, just until she wins the money back. What could possibly go wrong? Lucky is about chance, fortune and twists of fate. It examines societal factors that can turn lives upside down: from the increasingly popular online gambling to migration and the movement of people. Ultimately, Lucky is a book that examines the risks we all take to survive. This deep dive into gambling addiction packs a huge emotional punch. I devoured it' Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said 'Unbelievably tense and twisty - I loved it' Laura Marshall, author of Friend Request 'Timely, absorbing, unsettling and unflinching, with a dark, knowing wit. I've been thinking about it for days and I'll be recommending it to everyone' Caz Frear, author of Sweet Little Lies
A teenage girl clashes with her new stepmother in this debut thriller with an unforgettable twist'Grips the reader with its twisty exploration of the complex relationship between step mother and step daughter' Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat'Oh so good'Elle'Told by two unforgettable female narrators, it's urgent, original and genuinely unputdownable' Clare Fisher, author of All the Good Things'Similar in spirit to We Need to Talk About Kevin' Sunday Times'Sure to be a reading group favourite' Metro'Stunning' Laura Marshall, author of Friend Request'Brilliant ... the twists and turns left me reeling' Eleanor Wasserberg, author of Foxlowe'Dark, provocative and a refreshing take on the psychological thriller genre. Darling and Lola are both brilliant creations' Emma Curtis, author of One Little MistakeI knew she was trouble from the moment I saw her. I felt it as she stood in the doorway that day: disaster. Not just because she was so different, that skin and that hair, as different from me as it's possible to be. There was something wrong about her. Wrong for us. It was never going to work.Now she is dead and only I am left to love him. She is dead, and it's all my fault.