Little Darlings by Melanie Golding #BOOKREVIEW
Thank you Melanie Golding, Netgalley, and Crooked Lane Books for the ARC!
Deeply chilling and totally relatable...but with a twist of terror.
First, let me say that I loved the connection to Grimm Fairy Tales, it really helped set the scene but it also made me want to go back and reread the old classic!
New mom Lauren has a frightful experience after the birth of her twin boys and no one seems to believe her. She's carefully coerced to feel that her brain is playing tricks on her sleep-deprived, emotional and hormonal brain, but Lauren knows different. She can feel it.
What does one do when not even your husband is failing you?
The characters were well-developed and I felt a kinship for Lauren as a new mom navigating motherhood.
The question... is something supernatural or other-worldly going on here or is it an easily explainable set of circumstances?
I can't spoil it for you, but I will tell you there's some unsavory characters that will have you questioning every word!
SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE
“Mother knows best” takes on a sinister new meaning in this unsettling thriller perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman, Grimms’ Fairy Tales, and Aimee Molloy's The Perfect Mother.
Everyone says Lauren Tranter is exhausted, that she needs rest. And they’re right; with newborn twins, Morgan and Riley, she’s never been more tired in her life. But she knows what she saw: that night, in her hospital room, a woman tried to take her babies and replace them with her own…creatures. Yet when the police arrived, they saw no one. Everyone, from her doctor to her husband, thinks she’s imagining things.
A month passes. And one bright summer morning, the babies disappear from Lauren’s side in a park. But when they’re found, something is different about them. The infants look like Morgan and Riley—to everyone else. But to Lauren, something is off. As everyone around her celebrates their return, Lauren begins to scream, These are not my babies.
Determined to bring her true infant sons home, Lauren will risk the unthinkable. But if she’s wrong about what she saw…she’ll be making the biggest mistake of her life.
Compulsive, creepy, and inspired by some our darkest fairy tales, Little Darlings will have you checking—and rechecking—your own little ones. Just to be sure. Just to be safe.
Praise for Little Darlings:
“Chilling story, beautiful prose. Little Darlings is stunning.”
—Clare Mackintosh, New York Times bestselling author of I Let You Go
"Ingenious, chilling, and completely absorbing, Little Darlings is destined to be the hit of 2019. The scariest book I have read in many years."
—A. J. Banner, bestselling author of The Good Neighbor
“Deep. Dark. Utterly addictive. I read this extraordinary book in one breathless gulp… Be warned—you can't unread this story. It will haunt you.”
—Teresa Driscoll, author of I Am Watching You
“I love this book! Compelling from the first page to the very last, Golding took me by the hand and pulled me softly but persistently through mystery and myth… A masterfully-told story and a beautiful and nuanced work of art.”
—Susan Crawford, author of The Pocket Wife
“Dark, compelling and terrifyingly relatable, Little Darlings takes every parent’s worst fear and deftly twists it into something even more horrific. It will have you checking every shadow for what you hope isn’t really there.”
—Megan Hart, New York Times bestselling author
“A story that is in turn enthralling, creepy and downright sinister, Melanie Golding turns fairy tales on their heads in Little Darlings, making this one to watch out for in 2019. A brilliant, heart-pounding read.”
—Lisa Hall, author of Between You and Me
“Rich and satisfying, this is part who-done-it, part fairy tale, part psychological thriller… Will continue to rattle you, long after you have put it down.”
—Felicity Everett, author of The People at Number 9
“Riveting, terrifying and at times heartbreaking…Melanie Golding’s disturbing portrait of a new mother’s paranoia is superbly written, cleverly plotted and gruesomely beautiful in an unforgettable way. A stunning debut.”
—Annie Ward, author of Beautiful Bad
“Little Darlings is brilliant—beautifully written, disturbing and deliciously creepy.”
—Roz Watkins, author of The Devil’s Dice
"Dark, richly evocative, tense, and thought-provoking. Taps into every woman's fear that she will not be believed."
—Mel McGrath, author of Give Me the Child
"Viscerally creepy and compelling—a contemporary dark fairy tale that reeled me in like tales of old."
—Angela Clarke, author of Follow Me