I just finished the book Darling Girl by Liz Michaelski.
It took me a minute to get into this book so I my reading time was a lot longer than usual – lately I’ve been pushing through books in a few days but this one just took me longer.
Here’s what I thought!
DARLING GIRL – 4/5 STARS
Life is looking up for Holly Darling, granddaughter of Wendy—yes, that Wendy. She’s running a successful skincare company; her son, Jack, is happy and healthy; and the tragedy of her past is well behind her . . . until she gets a call that her daughter, Eden, who has been in a coma for nearly a decade, has gone missing from the estate where she’s been long tucked away. And, worst of all, Holly knows who must be responsible: Peter Pan, who is not only very real, but more dangerous than anyone could imagine.
Eden’s disappearance is a disaster for more reasons than one. She has a rare condition that causes her to age rapidly—ironic, considering her father is the boy who will never grow up—which also makes her blood incredibly valuable. It’s a secret that Holly is desperate to protect, especially from Eden’s half-brother, Jack, who knows nothing about his sister or the crucial role she plays in his life. Holly has no one to turn to—her mother is the only other person in the world who knows that Peter is more than a story, but she refuses to accept that he is not the hero she’s always imagined. Desperate, Holly enlists the help of Christopher Cooke, a notorious ex-soldier, in the hopes of rescuing Eden before it’s too late . . . or she may lose both her children.Amazon Description of Darling Girl
If you like Peter Pan don’t go running for this book expecting it to be all about him – while of course this book is about Peter Pan in theory there isn’t a lot of Peter Pan book time in this book.
It’s mainly about Holly and her children/family.
While it was a good book and it picked up at the end – the last 50-75 pages – it was definitely a slow burn and I found myself wanting it to just ‘get to the point already’ sometimes.
I enjoyed the read but I wish there would have been more Peter Pan (villain or not) for this Pan lover and not just mentions of him and what he had done until the final climax.
I would definitely recommend this book – I did give it a 4/5 – but I will say it will be a slower read than you’d expect so don’t jump in thinking you’re going to want to keep reading at a non-stop pace.
It is a neat story and Peter as the villain is a cool idea I just wish we had more of that!
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