- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: HQ Fiction - GB (15 April 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008293678
- ISBN-13: 978-0008293673
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 24 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 540 g
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‘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'
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‘A story that is in turn enthralling, creepy and downright sinister, Melanie Golding turns fairy tales on their heads…A brilliant, heart-pounding read’
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‘Viscerally creepy and compelling – a contemporary dark fairy tale that reeled me in like tales of old’
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‘Little Darlings is brilliant – beautifully written, disturbing and deliciously creepy’
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‘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 and a uniquely creepy premise’
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A new mother's worst nightmare is the premise of Little Darlings.
Lauren Tranter is the new mother of twin boys, Morgan and Riley. She's overwhelmed, experiencing postpartum depression and if that wasn't enough, one of the nights while she's still at the hospital, a young woman with twins wants to exchange/take her babies. Lauren runs away and hides in the bathroom and calls the cops. Of course, no one can find the woman and her babies. They all think it was Lauren hallucinating. She's tired, she was given medications during delivery so the conclusion is that she was imaging the whole event.
DS Jo Harper reviews the report the next morning and something about the event pushes her to meet Lauren and to further investigate it. Jo believes Lauren. She knows something happened to Lauren at the hospital. Sadly, her boss doesn't agree with her and using the police resources is not something he wants to agree on. Jo doesn't want to leave the case and she starts using her own free time to follow some leads.
Then the worst happens. While on an outing with the babies a month after they were born, Lauren falls asleep on a bench and when she wakes up, her babies are gone. Jo is called to help with the kidnapping. She finds the twins but when they returned them to Lauren, she shockingly screams that they're not hers!
I liked both Lauren and DS Jo Harper. It was interesting not knowing if Lauren was imagining it all or if it was real. The folklore at the beginning of every chapter really helps with the eeriness. Jo had her own reasons for investigating the case involving babies and she tried her best to help Lauren.
Little Darlings reads itself. The whole story was spooky. It had my attention from beginning to end.
I heard this could become a movie. Perfect script for one.
This story is creepy, atmospheric, and engaging from page one. It moves quickly to a satisfying end staying on topic the whole way, making the book impossible to put down. While I think many of us love psychological thrillers this one may hit home with more people. Thankfully, not many of us have a spouse that kills for sport but oh so many readers are new moms, full of doubt, questions and very low on sleep. This book plays on all those experiences that are so common making this story one to really send a shiver up your spine.
If you are ready for a twisty, suspenseful read, this is a great one. Needless to say, if you are about to deliver your own little bundle of joy, don't pack Little Darlings in your hospital bag.
Lauren Tranter was lying in the hospital contemplating the charge of caring for her new born twins. When an dirty, stinky woman tried to steal her babies, Riley and Morgan, and replace them with her own. Panicked Lauren called the police and locked herself and the twins in the bathroom. The security guards could not find any evidence of a trespasser. She was adamant that she was not imagining the woman although no one believed her. Her only hope is Detective Jo Harper.
Like most new mothers Lauren is exhausted from caring for her sons. Fear keeps Lauren home most of the time. Her husband Patrick seems to always be at work and he has very little sympathy for the stress of being a new mother. He insists she get out of the house for a while. She takes the twins to the park, sits down on a bench and nods off to sleep. She wakes up to find the stroller wand the twins is missing. When they are found she knows they are not her sons.
What a story! I am reminded of Grimm’s Fairytales and The Changling. This is a disturbing and spine-chilling tale. Lauren is an exhausted new mother leaving readers to contemplate whether she is hallucinating or whether the twins really are in danger. Author Melanie Golding does a great job describing the chaotic life of a new mother.
This tale will keep readers on the edge of their seat as the story unravels. There is an old world feel to this tale although it takes places in current time. There are bits and pieces of old folk tales strewn throughout the book. The POV alternates between Lauren’s and Detective Harper’s adding to the tension building in this dark tale. Author Melanie Golding is a genius. What a book. It is well written and grabs the attention of readers from the beginning. This is psychological thriller at its best.
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