AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: Darling Girls by Sally Hepworth


Publication Date: April 23, 2024
Format: Audio
Genre:  Women's Fiction 
Narrator: Jessica Clark

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
 9 Hours 6 minutes
Buy: Kindle | Audio


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?


I received a free copy of this book from Macmillan Audio through I am leaving this review voluntarily. 

Wasn't exactly sure where this was going in the beginning but was quickly sucked in .  The story travels back and forth in time from when Jessica, Norah and Alicia are children to the present when they are contacted by the police regarding the remains of a child found buried under the pool at the old foster home. There are also chapters with one woman speaking to a psychiatrist but we aren't sure who it is until the end. 

No one believed them when they relayed how Miss Fairchild, their foster mother treated them. Now they are adults, broken by their experiences each afraid to get close to other people. There were many things happening in this book, each of the characters had their own stories and situations while they are also dealing the police investigation and the new information that the bones found were of a dead child.  

The ending was completely satisfying as it tied so many things together and didn't leave you wondering about little details, like how did Miss Fairchild always know things and seem one step ahead all the time.

Fantastic book with great narration by Jessica Clark. 

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