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Darling Girls

By Sally Hepworth




Three young and unrelated girls named Jessica, Norah, and Alicia were saved from family tragedies and placed in foster care. They were fortunate to be placed with Miss Fairchild, who appeared to be a loving and caring foster mother. She had a beautiful and welcoming home in the countryside; however, things are not always what they seemed. The girls had to endure several years of difficulty and hardship before they were finally able to escape from the clutches of Miss Fairchild. But the emotional scars caused by Miss Fairchild will last a lifetime.

Many years later, the three foster sisters, now grown women, are still very close. One day, the police reached out to inform them that a dead body was found under the house where they were raised. They request that the three return to their foster home for interviews. The sisters are shocked and frightened. Are they the key witnesses to the crime, or are they, in fact, the prime suspects?


DARLING GIRLS is a clever and captivating novel by Sally Hepworth. The heart-racing story is a drama-turned-mystery, and the writing is well-structured and atmospheric. Hepworth flawlessly blends the past and present.

The characters, including Jessica, Norah, Alicia, and Miss Fairchild, are all well-developed and intriguing. The book also explores the heartwarming story of female friendships that can offer support during the most challenging times and last a lifetime. DARLING GIRLS is a highly enjoyable and fast read. I listened to the audiobook and enjoyed the narrator, Jessica Clarke immensely.

I would like to thank Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing me an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher    St. Martin’s Press

Published   April 23, 2024

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