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A white teenage girl clashes with her new black stepmother in this debut reading group thriller – a suburban tragedy for our times.

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.

‘It’s very good. I think Rachel Edwards has found her own voice as a writer and I thoroughly recommend it.’
Bernadine Evaristo, author of Girl, Woman, Other

‘Similar in spirit to We Need to Talk About Kevin
Sunday Times

‘It was only a matter of time until we got the first Brexit thriller, and it’s oh so good’

‘Sure to be a reading group favourite’

‘Prepare yourself, this is a slicing, clever, wonderfully captivating tale ready to twist thoughts, to skewer feelings…Darling is a powerful read, a vibrant, punchy, thoughtful wow of a read.’
Liz Robinson, LoveReading

Laura Marshall, author of Friend Request

‘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

‘An original domestic thriller… A noteworthy first novel.’
Sarah Murdoch, The Star