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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.
A white teenage girl clashes with her new black stepmother in this debut reading group thriller `Sure to be a reading group favourite' Metro `A brilliant and surprising chameleon of a novel ... the twists and turns left me reeling' Eleanor Wasserberg, author of Foxlowe `A page-turning thriller that grips the reader ... I read through the night to discover the dramatic denouement' Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat `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 Lola doesn't particularly want a new stepmother. Especially not one who has come out of nowhere and only been with her dad for three months. And - she's not racist or anything - but since when did her dad fancy black women anyway? Darling didn't particularly want a new stepdaughter. Especially not one as spiteful and spoilt as Lola. She does want Lola's dad though. And he wants her, so that's that: Darling and Lola will just have to get used to each other. Unless Lola can find a way to get rid of Darling.
|Publication date:||7th February 2019|
|Publisher:||Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Primary Genre||Thriller and Suspense|
Closing date: 30/06/2021
'Sure to be a reading group favourite' - Metro
'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
'A page-turning thriller that grips the reader with its twisty exploration of the complex relationship between step mother and step daughter. I read through the night to discover the dramatic denouement' - Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat
'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
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. ...More About Rachel Edwards