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Darling Girls by Sally Hepworth

Darling Girls

Repeat author
Sally Hepworth is back at Book of the Month – other BOTMs include The Soulmate.
Early Release
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by Sally Hepworth

Quick take

When a body turns up under their former foster home, three sisters must confront their past to keep their names clear.

Good to know

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Psychological


  • Illustrated icon, Icon_MultipleNarrators

    Multiple viewpoints

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_LGBTQ

    LGBTQ+ themes

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_NonLinear

    Nonlinear timeline

Why I love it

Rachael Burlette
BOTM Editorial Team

Sally Hepworth has become a standout writer in her genre. Her pacing is fantastic and she always keeps the twists coming, but what makes her stories stand out for me is that she never shies away from examining tough topics. As a result, the stakes always feel high, and the characters are compelling and complex. Darling Girls is no exception.

Jessica, Norah, and Alicia met when they were all put under the care of their foster mother, Miss Fairchild. While their situation seemed perfect on the outside, things were not as idyllic as they appeared. Miss Fairchild was a cruel and unpredictable caregiver. All three girls left her care as soon as they had the chance. Though they never saw Miss Fairchild again, their foster mother was always lingering in the back of their minds. When a dead body is discovered under the house where they grew up, they are forced to revisit their past and become key witnesses in the investigation…except not everyone believes their innocence.

While Darling Girls has all the twists and turns you might expect, it is also a poignant story of three young women trying to survive the traumas of their pasts. If you’re a fan of Sally Hepworth, you won’t be disappointed. If this is your first time reading her work, you’re in for a treat.

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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?

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  • First Lie Wins
  • No One Can Know
  • Listen for the Lie
  • One Perfect Couple
  • Darling Girls
  • Kill for Me, Kill for You
  • Murder Road
  • Daughter of Mine
  • The Fury
  • Only if You’re Lucky
  • The Other Mothers
  • The Resort
  • When I’m Dead
  • The Soulmate
  • What Lies in the Woods
  • She Started It
  • The Only One Left
  • Dark Corners
  • Blacktop Wasteland
  • All the Dangerous Things
  • The Only Survivors
  • The Broken Girls
  • The Family Game
  • The Push
  • We Were Never Here
  • Things We Do in the Dark
  • The Golden Couple
  • The Collective
  • The Stranger Upstairs
  • Gone Tonight
  • Too Good to Be True
  • The Last Word
  • You Are Not Alone
  • Rock Paper Scissors
  • Not a Happy Family
  • A Flicker in the Dark
  • The Last Flight
  • Reckless Girls
  • The House Across the Lake
  • The Wife Upstairs
  • The Last Thing He Told Me
  • The Maidens
  • Everything We Didn't Say
  • Invisible Girl
  • The Paris Apartment
  • You're Invited
  • The Last Party
  • Dark Places
  • Pieces of Her
  • The Wife Between Us
  • Sharp Objects
  • None of This Is True
  • The Silent Patient
  • The Winter Sister
  • The Other Woman
  • Necessary People
  • The Family Upstairs
  • The Night Swim
  • Girl A
  • The Hunting Wives
  • The Writing Retreat
  • Just Another Missing Person
  • First Born
  • The Lies I Tell
  • Breathless