Synopsis

SISTERS, SECRETS, LOVE, AND MURDER… Sally Hepworth’s new novel has it all.

For as long as they can remember, Jessica, Norah, and Alicia have been told how lucky they are. As young girls they were rescued from family tragedies and raised by a loving foster mother, Miss Fairchild, on an idyllic farming estate and given an elusive second chance at a happy family life.

But their childhood wasn’t the fairy tale everyone thinks it was. Miss Fairchild had rules. Miss Fairchild could be unpredictable. And Miss Fairchild was never, ever to be crossed. In a moment of desperation, the three broke away from Miss Fairchild and thought they were free. Even though they never saw her again, she was always somewhere in the shadows of their minds. When a body is discovered under the home they grew up in, the foster sisters find themselves thrust into the spotlight as key witnesses. Or are they prime suspects?

A thrilling page-turner of sisterhood, secrets, love, and murder by New York Times bestselling author Sally Hepworth.

Audiobook review

5 stars! Excellent thriller/crime!

And Jessica Clarke was an excellent narrator for that twisted story.

Three foster sisters and one seemingly perfect foster mother. Picture perfect on the surface but dig a little deeper and monsters are lurking in the dark!

That book had me on the hedge of my seat all along! Sally Hepworth did it again: write a gripping mystery that doesn’t let you go till the last word is spoken!

Switching between four POV, the three girls and a woman (anonymous till nearing the end), between past and present, that story slowly unfolds till the biggest twist right at the end! I never saw it coming! You have more than one twist but the very last one was genius!

The book features the low and high of foster system, shows that monsters sometimes hide in plain sight and that years of abuse have a way to catch up with you in your adult life. The way Miss Fairchild abused and manipulated these girls was sickening and so clever! It was horrifying to read!

But “Darling Girls” is not just darkness, it also highlights the power of sisterhood and found family that will help you go through thick and thin.

The bond forged between Jessica, Norah and Alicia was the kind that elevates you, thicker than blood. Forged by common pain and shared horrible childhood.

Every character was fascinating, flawed and real. So well written that you can’t help thinking this could happen in real life. I couldn’t stop listening as I just HAD to know whose bones were found under the house and how the bones happened to be there. It’s engrossing, haunting, heart racing and I couldn’t help feeling sorry for the girls and what they went through.

This is an excellent mystery/thriller that I warmly recommend to amateurs of the genre (or even if you want to read a new genre)!

Thanks for reading!

Sophie

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