K. Ancrum’s 2021 Darling is a stand-alone found-family thriller.
The Darling family has moved to Chicago. To teenaged Wendy Darling’s annoyance, her parents don’t allow the seventeen-year-old free run of the big city or even access to her long-time pen pal Eleanor. Instead, they treat Wendy like a naïve kid in a city — a city that Mrs. Darling knows for a fact contains at least one monster.
Wendy’s objections escalate into vociferous argument. This earns her a grounding. It does not, however, prevent an attractive stranger from entering her bedroom on a night when her parents are not home.