Friday 28 June 2019

Little Darlings - Melanie Golding || Review

“Mother knows best” takes on a sinister new meaning in this unsettling thriller perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman and Grimms’ Fairy Tales.

 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


This book was sent to me for review and i am so glad it was. Little Darlings is a brilliantly eerie, slightly creepy read with echos of fairy tales and folklore this was a really interesting concept. It is unlike anything i have read before and i couldn't categorise it, nor could i predict what was happening. 

Lauren has just had twins, and in the middle of the night - she is convinced someone is trying to take her twins - a creepy lady who smells like damp and the pond wants to swap her twins for hers, to give them a better life. Lauren locks herself in the toilet and calls the police - when they arrive they find no one. The police can see no one there and pass it off as a mental health issue due to exhaustion.

Lauren eventually starts to carry on like normal, trying to live her day to day as close to normal as she can. Everyone thinks she was imagining things and even Lauren starts to question herself slightly. as a month passes the memory has faded a little, not much but enough for Lauren to go out and meet her friends.

When she ventures for a stroll with the twins she dozes off and the twins vanish from her side. The twins are returned but Lauren knows they are not the same. She knows they are monsters and knows she has to get the real twins back.

This is such a unique read and like i said - i have never come across anything like this, i wasn't sure who to believe, what folklore was true, should you be worried? It was brilliantly written, it had me tense, questioning everyone - their motives and their feelings. This was a thriller with a difference. I am so grateful for a review copy

Author Info

Melanie Golding is a graduate of the MA in creative writing program at Bath Spa University, with distinction. She has been employed in many occupations including farm hand, factory worker, childminder and music teacher. Throughout all this, because and in spite of it, there was always the writing. In recent years she has won and been shortlisted in several local and national short story competitions. Little Darlings is her first novel, and has been optioned for screen by Free Range Films, the team behind the adaptation of My Cousin Rachel.

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