Rachel Edwards is the author of Darling, a novel which charts the fast-evolving relationship between a black British woman, Darling, and her white stepdaughter, Lola.
Opening on the day of the Brexit vote, the book explores the deep tension and trickiness that comes from these lives colliding. Darling and Lola tell us their secrets as two families’ stories twist together to become one. Darling negotiates a new marriage, mindful of a Jamaican mother who has not let death stop her from giving advice and young son who needs all her love and care. But what is to be done about her and Lola.
In difficult times, racism threatens to corrupt society and even to corrupt love itself. But what happens when love has been wronged; when love itself turns? Within six months one of them is dead… Darling is a novel for dark times and a reminder that love must always win.
DARLING is available in bookshops in the UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and available to order around the world. Order online here.
What They’re Saying about Rachel Edwards’ Darling
‘It’s very good. I think Rachel Edwards has found her own voice as a writer and I thoroughly recommend it.’ Bernardine Evaristo, joint winner of the Booker Prize 2019, on BBC Woman’s Hour
‘Similar in spirit to We Need to Talk About Kevin’ Sunday Times
‘It was only a matter of time until we got the first Brexit thriller, and it’s oh so good’ Elle
‘Dark, deep, thought-provoking . What a debut! I recommend you go and read it!’ Adele Parks
‘Sure to be a reading group favourite’ Metro
‘Stunning. I swung back and forth not knowing who to trust.’ Laura Marshall, author of Friend Request
‘I devoured Darling in a couple of days; told by two unforgettable female narrators, it’s urgent, original and genuinely unputdownable’ Clare Fisher, author of All the Good Things
‘An impressive concoction of characterisation, language and daring, leading to a pile-up of devastating plot twists at the end. It’s telly-ready!‘ Bernardine Evaristo on Twitter
‘A brilliant and surprising chameleon of a novel … the twists and turns left me reeling‘ Eleanor Wasserberg, author of Foxlowe
‘A page-turning thriller that grips the reader … I read through the night to discover the dramatic denouement‘ Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat
‘A stunning, moving, uncomfortable work of fiction. The beautifully wrapped dissection of emotion, and the pulling apart & piecing back together of the concept of family is quite brilliant.’ Helen Fields, author of the Perfect Remains series
‘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.