Darling Girl

Darling Girl

An absolute ✨ MUST ✨read! Thank you, Dutton Books, for the gifted copy of Darling Girl by Liz Michalski {partner}

Genre: Fantasy
Trope: Retelling
Format: 📖
Pub Date: 5.3.2022
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆


“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.”


“I want to experience life, really live it, before I die. I want strange new countries and whatever comes with them, whether it be late-night flying lessons, pirates, or fairies. I want the moon and the silver stars and midnight sky all to myself, when everyone is asleep. I have no husband now, no small children, so perhaps it is my turn at last.”

I need everyone to read this book so that you can appreciate the magic that Liz Michalski created, and then we can talk about the story, the characters, and all of the little details that were woven within the book. I don’t know if I will ever be able to look at Peter Pan the same way again.

I was genuinely mesmerized by Darling Girl. I wanted to read it, but I didn’t want it to end. I’d put the book down and instantly start thinking about the story again. It was a dark book, and Peter Pan is certainly not the good guy — the characters all take on a different persona than the original tale. The reader is given a different look into them — they’re dirty, addicted, and very flawed. They are no longer the Lost Boys of Neverland. But, the world that Michalski created was magnificent.

I know I keep talking about the author’s small details, but they were exquisite. From the ‘damaged’ Christopher Cooke, the small feather tattoos on a back/shoulder, the mentions of green and silver colors, and sparkly wings adorning a performer at a party. It was simply perfection.

📖 A dark retelling of Peter Pan
👩‍👧‍👦 The lengths a parent will go to keep a child safe
✨ Beautiful details
😍 Christopher Cooke
🕵🏽‍♀️ An air of mystery

❌ – drug use, rape 

I can’t think of another story that is similar to this, it was pure magic, and I hope you add it to your reading list.

PS. I beg all Hollywood Gods to snatch this up and turn it into a movie.

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