Little Darlings by Melanie Golding #bookreview #thriller #horror

Title: Little Darlings

Author: Melanie Golding

Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

 Publication Date: April 30, 2019

Page Count: 304

My rating: 5 stars

About the book:


An April 2019 Library Reads Pick!

“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 of our darkest fairy tales, Little Darlings will have you checking―and rechecking―your own little ones. Just to be sure. Just to be safe.


Lauren Tranter is a young mother who has just given birth to twins boys, Morgan and Riley. From the moment the babies are born Lauren begins to struggle with their care but only wants to be a good mother to her boys no matter how exhausting it may become.

As Lauren becomes more and more exhausted in those first days in the hospital learning to balance the needs of each baby she begins to hear another mother nearby with twins too it seems. But as Lauren investigates the other mother what she finds scares her beyond measure only to be told by hospital staff that it’s all in her head, a symptom of exhaustion but she knows she needs to protect her sons at all costs.

Creepy and compelling are some choice words that come to mind  thinking back on reading Little Darlings by Melanie Golding. This one is like taking a psychological thriller up to the next level putting a touch of horror into it by mixing in the supernatural. The story uses old folklore to set an atmospheric vibe and to keep readers hooked on every last page waiting to see what is real or imagined themselves. I can definitely envision this one on the big screen and recommend checking it out.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author:

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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