by Sally Hepworth
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Pub Date 23 Apr 2024 | Archive Date 07 May 2024
Get ready for another twisty domestic thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of THE SOULMATE.
From the outside, Alicia, Jessica and Norah might seem like ordinary women you'd meet on the street any day of the week. Sure, Jessica has a little OCD and Norah has some anger issues. And Alicia has low self-esteem that manifests itself in surprising ways. But these three have a bond that no one can fully understand. It's a bond that takes them back decades, to when they were girls, and they lived on a farm with a foster mother named Miss Fairchild. 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 they thought they were free. But the reach of someone with such power is long, and even though they never saw her again, she was always somewhere in the shadows of their minds. When bones are discovered buried under the farmhouse of their childhood, they are called in by the police to tell what they know. Against their will, they are brought back to the past, and to Miss Fairchild herself. DARLING GIRLS asks the questions: what are we capable of when in a desperate place? How much can we hide the demons inside us? And can the past ever truly be buried?
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This was an excellent thriller that kept me guessing the whole time! It was unexpected and fresh. I would definitely recommend this book!
I was utterly captivated by the book, and I owe my enchanting experience to my dear friend Marie, who shared this literary journey with me. The characters became my companions, their essence so palpable that I felt their every emotion. Just when I thought I had the plot figured out, the author masterfully deceived me, leaving me in awe and earning the story an imaginary Oscar in my heart.
The ending was a whirlwind of emotions, a perfect blend of surprise and satisfaction. I found myself both saddened and overjoyed as the main characters discovered each other and forged a remarkable friendship. Their bond was so genuine that even in the face of adversity, they stood together, proving that solidarity in tough times is the most profound testament to friendship.
Throughout the book, I was moved to tears and laughter, my heart swelling with a myriad of emotions. Sally Hepworth's storytelling prowess is commendable, weaving a tale so poignant and heartwarming that it left me profoundly grateful for the experience. Thank you, Sally Hepworth, for crafting a narrative that touched the depths of my soul and left me with a heart full of emotions and a mind brimming with admiration.
The story that keeps on giving until the thrilling end. So many times throughout the story I thought I had it figured out, BUT I didn’t. What a great surprise! This psychological thriller has so much energy. We travel through the lives of three foster sisters; Jessica, Alicia, and Norah. They are adults now but their earlier lives at Wild Meadows, the home of foster mother Miss Fairchild, was an unfortunate nightmare while in her care.
The girls stayed close as the years went on. They have adult lives now but childhood traumas creep into their lives daily. One day, the police investigate a suspicious circumstance that occurred at Wild Meadows many years ago. The girls must return to their old foster home and face their demons while trying to help figure out what happened.
The way Hepworth builds her characters and immerses us into their life is remarkable. It was as if I was watching a mini series and each time I put the book down and picked it back up, I was watching the next exciting episode. This is a true thrill ride that doesn’t slow down around corners.
A perfect mystery read for anyone who loves a good story that will make you laugh, cry, sit on the edge of your seat, and be thankful you aren’t one of the characters living the horror. This would be a great book to movie! We can hope!
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC of this book.
Wow! I’ve read other books from Sally Hepworth, but this might be her best yet! Told in different perspectives and jumping between time periods, this was a page-turner that managed to dole out several surprises, right up to the very end. The final reveal was a shocker!
Sally Hepworth wove a tale that sucked me right in. Alicia, Jessica, and Norah became sisters by choice during their youth. The girls met in a foster home where they shared an unpredictable foster mother named Miss Fairchild.
Darling Girls follows the stories of the sisters growing up in foster care and learning about their adult lives was so intriguing. I loved the characters and their storylines. Also, they mystery of who the bones belonged to and what had truly happened when the girls were young kept the pages turning. I also have to say that I was totally surprised by the twist at the end, and that is VERY rare for me.
This story is a can’t-miss for thriller fans. Do yourself a favor and grab it now! I also loved The Soulmate, so I think Hepworth is officially an author whose books I will be automatically adding to my TBR from now on.
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for allowing me to read and review this ARC!