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Darling

by Rachel Edwards

Family Drama Relationship Stories Sharing Diverse Voices Star Books Thriller and Suspense

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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.

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Darling Synopsis

A teenage girl clashes with her new stepmother in this debut thriller with an unforgettable twist

I 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.

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Darling Press Reviews

`Dark, deep, thought-provoking . What a debut! I recommend you go and read it!' Adele Parks

`A page-turning thriller that grips the reader with its twisty exploration of the complex relationship between step mother and step daughter' Kate Hamer

`Similar in spirit to We Need to Talk About Kevin' Sunday Times

`A fast-moving story about love, race and jealousy, sure to be a reading group favourite' Metro

`Oh so good' Elle

`Stunning. I swung back and forth, not knowing who to trust' Laura Marshall

`A tense novel about creating new families that explores the lengths people will go to in order to find and keep love. As it goes on, it becomes clear that Darling is not the story you thought it was' Stylist

`A brilliant and surprising chameleon of a novel. I was so absorbed in the voices of Darling and Lola that the twists and turns of their story left me reeling' Eleanor Wasserberg, author of Foxlowe'

`I devoured Darling in a couple of days; told by two unforgettable female narrators, it's urgent, original and genuinely unputdownable' Clare Fisher, author of All the Good Things

`Dark, provocative and a refreshing take on the psychological thriller genre. Darling and Lola are both brilliant creations' Emma Curtis, author of One Little Mistake

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780008281151
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780008281113
Publication date: 17/05/2018
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008281151
Publication date: 7th February 2019
Author: Rachel Edwards
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: Family Drama, Relationship Stories, Diverse Voices, Star Books, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Rachel Edwards

Rachel Edwards is the author of Darling, described in the national press as ‘the first Brexit thriller’. An alumna of King’s College London, she worked in publishing, won an Arts Council award for her fiction and became a freelance writer for over 12 years until she chose to focus full-time on writing novels. Since Darling was published in May 2018, Rachel has appeared at literary festivals and events around the UK. Her articles have featured in The Guardian and The Sunday Times, and she is a regular guest on BBC radio. She is currently writing her second novel. ...

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