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Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

Little Darlings

We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Melanie Golding, on your first book!

by Melanie Golding

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A dark, twisted fairy tale that brings medieval folklore—and every mother's worst nightmare—to life.

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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.

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  • Bossier City, LA

    I couldn’t put this book down! Where is the line between reality and what we create in our minds? What’s real and what’s not? How far would a mother go for her children? Creepy, eerie, and so good!!

  • Peculiar, MO

    Thriller, horror, creepy and in all the best ways possible! Mixed between folklore and crime, it leaves you guessing as to what is to come. A line between fantasy ans delusion, I couldn’t put it down.

  • Woodbridge, VA

    This book was pretty creepy. I felt creeped out reading it and I struggled with knowing if what was happening was real or just in someone's head. The story was engaging and it was a real page-turner.

  • Philadelphia, PA

    Hones mind-blowing trying to figure out what is real and imagination of the character. I couldn't put the book down as I needed to know the ending. I love authors who can weave two stories together.

  • Huntsville, AL

    I love fairy tales, and this modern take was perfection. I think this book gave a great look into mental health issues some women go through after pregnancy. I wanted to reach through and hug Lauren.

  • Indianapolis, IN

    This book really surprised me! I couldn't read it when I was home alone because it truly unnerved me. A fresh take in the midst of so many similar thrillers, and the build to the end was perfect.

  • Sarasota, FL

    This book was so creepy! I love how it was part changeling folklore, part thriller. It also dealt very well with what it's like for a mother post partum, and how lonely it can be. I loved this!

  • Chicago, IL

    This story successfully balances its identity as a dark fairytale and as a realistic analogy to postpartum depression. Darkly compelling and totally unsettling (and I am not easy to unsettle).

  • Avondale, AZ

    I truly enjoyed this book. Once I started I was sucked in & couldn’t stop reading. I was rooting for Lauren and needed to know what was real & what wasn’t. I am so happy with the ending.

  • Berkeley, MO

    Highly recommended read! I didn't want to put this book down!!!!!! I do not recommend anyone who's pregnant or trying to get pregnant read this book until 1 yr after they have their baby!!

  • Saginaw , MI

    This kept me guessing, is this really happening or is it all in her mind? Both perspectives are convincing, and I loved that the book explored preconceived notions around mental illness.

  • Belton, SC

    Whimsical yet spine tingling. Brings to light a very serious issue of mental health and covered it very well. Hold your babies tight and keep the lights on when you read this one.

  • Ottawa, IL

    These eery story tells the grim fairytales of twins and twists it with the real world. Makes the reader second guess if there is magic and supernatural characters in the world,

  • Glen Burnie , MD

    I plowed through this book! I loved how the whole time I wasn't sure if there was going to be a realistic explaination to the events or if something supernatural was involved !

  • Reno, NV

    When I started this book, I didn't think I was going to really like it but after the first few chapters I didn't want to put it down. Wonderful characters and a great story.

  • Claremore, OK

    I loved how it was like a fairy tale. A creepy fairy tale it made me want to continue reading in till the very end and had me guessing why and who would do this to a mother???

  • Harrisville , UT

    This book was so good. I was constantly trying to decide who to believe, and I was surprised by the ending. Even after the book ended it still left me thinking.

  • Columbia, PA

    Just the right amount of creepy while also shining a light on a very serious issue some women face after having a baby. Keeps you interested and on your feet!!!

  • Fishkill, NY

    Just the right amount of mystery, fantasy, and mind games. I definitely finished the book thinking, "so did it really happen or is she just crazy?" Loved it!

  • Waukesha, WI

    Really well written! I loved the suspense surrounding the main character Laura's paranoia. It made you question if what she saw was real or in her mind.

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