Review of The Darling Girls by Emma Burstall



Three women, one man, and a tangle of lies.

When the world famous music conductor Leo Bruck dies suddenly, the three women who loved him meet for the first time at his graveside.

Victoria, his partner of twenty years and mother of two of his children; Maddy, mother of Leo’s daughter Phoebe; and twenty-four year old Cat. Can these three very different women, whose lives become inextricably bound, break free from the masterful control Leo exerts – even from the grave – once and for all?


Thank you to Head of Zeus for kindly sending me a review copy. I’m simply in LOVE with the cover.

The three women: Victoria, Maddy and Cat are all part of Leo’s life, but in very different ways. What I enjoyed the most about Emma’s novel was how the differences of the three women soon entwined.

Leo passed away before the first chapter had begun, yet we see him as a young boy in the prologue at the beginning. I’m quite pleased that Emma included the prologue as it allows the readers to know Leo, even if it’s just for two pages – we learnt something about his character and what he’s passionate about..

The narrative progresses beautifully as truths are revealed, new relationships begin and before we know it, it’s over and I really didn’t want the book to end.

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