“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.
by Melanie Golding
Little Darlings is Melanie Golding’s debut novel and I have to say it was really, really good. Everything…from the front cover, the synopsis, to the plot that leaves you on the edge of your seat. It was beautifully crafted with an eeriness that will give you chills and have you second guessing even your own reality. I couldn’t put this book down.
From the start I was pulled in to Lauren’s life. Being a mother myself we see how birth can be exciting but terrifying. It’s an experience one has to live through in order to grasp the full severity of it. This made it easy for me to connect and relate to Lauren as she tries to navigate this new life for herself and her husband. Add in the folklore side of this story and it’s just down right terrifying. One night while still in the hospital a vile hag tries to switch Lauren’s new born twins with hers, except her babies are something different…creatures of kind The book gives hints to changelings from folklore and it’s weaved so perfectly in with the overall story. The police are called, but everyone just automatically assumes Lauren is exhausted and that she’s seeing things. Well, as you can imagine, it happens. The babies get swapped and this sends Lauren on a terrifying journey to find her babies.
“I told you, that wasn’t them,” said Lauren, “whatever was in that stroller. They’ve been swapped. They’re evil those things, they’re not my babies.”
The entire time I kept thinking, is Lauren right and her babies were swapped with monstrous creatures or is she experiences so form of psychosis because yeah…pregnancy can do that to you. Is it postpartum depression? I had no idea. I was literally on the edge of my seat wondering if she was making the right calls on how to move forward. This entire story sucked me in like no other and it was such a great read for me.
If you love folklore and thrillers with a whole lot of suspense then pick up Little Darlings. You won’t regret it.