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The Unforgettable Loretta Darling UK hardback cover
UK cover

Released 20 June 2024

Loretta, Darling

by Katherine Blake

The Unforgettable Loretta Darling US hardback cover
US cover


‘You’re Loretta Darling now, welcome to your brand-new flipping life.’

Dreams don’t come true for girls like Loretta, but she won’t let that stop her. With her sights set on becoming a makeup artist to the stars, Loretta wangles her way from Lancashire to the bright lights of Golden Age Hollywood.

Only it turns out that Sunset Boulevard is less about dashing fellas and chilled martinis – more sticky floors and misbehaving men. A gift of the gab can only get her so far, but she refuses to go quietly.

Hollywood has its secrets … and so does Loretta.

For a start, that’s not her real name, and much more than lipstick lurks inside her beauty case.

After all, revenge is a dish best served with a perfectly painted smile.

  • Imprint: Viking

  • ISBN: 9780241640685

  • Length: 400 pages

  • Price: £14.99

Coming soon 20 June 2024


So sassy and delicious. Loretta is one cool character

New York Times Bestselling author Josie Silver
Heart-pounding thriller that left me on the edge of my seat. Definitely one of the best books this year.
Netgalley reviewer
Sharply observed, full of scene-stealing characters and writing that sparkles with wit and warmth. Loretta is a force of nature, truly unforgettable!
Laura Wood, author of Under Your Spell
I loved it!
SJ Bennett, author of The Windsor Knot

The Unforgettable Loretta, Darling sparkles with fun and wit, with a protagonist who truly is unforgettable

Libby Page, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Lido

A delicious dark delight of a book!

Bestselling author, Jenna Blum

Loretta is a wonderful character, so feisty and fun – would love to hang out with her!

Tania Tay, The Other Woman

Great fun – Loretta is glorious!

Lucy Diamond, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Best Days of Our Lives

Set in the Golden Era of Hollywood this is a glamorous, deliciously fun read which will keep you hooked until the very last page.

C. L. Miller author of the international bestseller The Antique Hunter’s Guide to Murder

A fun, gossipy glimpse into Golden Era Hollywood.

Julia Mae Cohen, million-copy bestselling author of Bad Men

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Portrait of Karen Ball

About the Author

Katherine Blake is a pseudonym for Karen Ball, an author who has written over twenty-five children’s books and was a Bookseller Rising Star thanks to her publishing consultancy, Speckled Pen.

She regularly appears on podcasts, including The Bestseller Experiment and SJ Bennett’s PrePublished. She lives in London and runs a biweekly newsletter filled with fun news, book reviews, and regular updates about her miniature schnauzer.