Book Review: Darling Girls by Sally Hepworth

I am ashamed to say that I am really late to the Sally Hepworth train. However, after reading Darling Girls, I’m excited there’s a whole back catalog I can go back and read/listen to!

Darling Girls was an absolutely can’t-put-down psychological thriller that kept me guessing the entire time. I listened on audiobook and thought Jessica Clarke was an excellent narrator.

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This is a mesmerizing tale of three foster sisters—Jessica, Norah, and Alicia—whose seemingly idyllic childhood concealed dark secrets beneath the surface.

On the surface, the girls were incredibly fortunate to be rescued from tragic circumstances and raised by their caring foster mother Miss Fairchild on a beautiful farm estate. However, Hepworth slowly peels back the layers to reveal that their childhood was far from a fairytale. Miss Fairchild’s rigid rules and unpredictable behavior marked their lives in ways they still don’t even fully comprehend as adults looking back.

Just when the sisters thought they were finally free of their traumatic upbringing, a grisly discovery is made – a body buried beneath their childhood home. Suddenly, Jessica, Norah, and Alicia are thrust back into the darkness as they find the spotlight shining on them once again. But this time, are they being regarded as key witnesses to a crime, or are they themselves the prime suspects?

With incredible skill, Hepworth doles out twists and turns that will leave you frantically turning pages (or, in my case, popping in your headphones every chance you get). She creates an atmosphere thick with chilling tension and mystery. The complex, flawed characters also ring incredibly true-to-life. This unputdownable thriller is a must-read, so grab your copy of Darling Girls now.

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