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Darling

Narrated by: Jaimi Barbakoff, Adele Oni
Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
4 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Summary

A white teenage girl clashes with her new black stepmother in this debut reading group thriller.

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.

©2018 Rachel Edwards (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Sure to be a reading group favourite." (Metro)

"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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Must listen

Truly gripping, relevant, and unpredictable. This book is set in post-Brexit vote England where two very different characters are thrust together - with surprising results!

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Poorly written story and poorly narrated.

Despite the bad reviews I thought I'd give it a go.
I really wanted to like this book but it lacked a good storyline, at times it felt like I was listening to a cookery book.
The narration was really flat and hard to listen to. The characters didn't come to life for me.
I feel like this could have been a draft copy waiting to be developed into a proper book.
Not at all engaging.

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Wow, didn't see that coming.

I purchased both audio and kindle version. I loved the format and Storyline of this book. I was kept intrigued and enjoyed the twist and conclusion. Over all brilliant book.

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Highly contemporary

Mostly excellent narration-
story of a complex family living in post- Brexit vote Britain. I didn’t radiate towards any of the characters but this didn’t detract from the story. The style of narration for both Darling and Lola was knowledgable and mostly believable. There seemed some gaps but overall the story unravelled well, but left a disappointment ending.

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Lots of twists but not enough to keep you interested

Overall a boring book, nearly gave up on it many times as I was waiting for something to happen. What’s with all the food references? It could be mistaken for a cook book.

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Wasn’t for me... Couldn’t keep in engaged.

I was pretty excited to read this book. But that quickly changed to disappointment.

A few chapters in and I’m finding it pretty boring. Nothing about it prick my interest to keep going with this book.