There are two sides to every story. But the truth is black and white.

Published by Fourth Estate, HarperCollins, 17th May 2018

Lola doesn’t want a new stepmother. Especially not one who has come out of nowhere and only been with her dad for three months. And – she’s not racist or anything – but since when did her dad fancy black women anyway?

Darling doesn’t particularly want a new stepdaughter. Especially not one as spiteful and spoilt as Lola. She does want Lola’s dad though. And he wants her, so that’s that: Darling and Lola will just have to get used to each other.

Unless Lola can find a way to get rid of Darling.

This fast-moving story about love, race and jealousy in Brexit Britain is Rachel Edwards’ debut novel – a suburban tragedy for our times. Packed full of current and pressing issues, it’s out NOW! 

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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 reelingEleanor 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.

Darling, the debut novel by Rachel Edwards, is published by Fourth Estate, HarperCollins.

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