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Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

Little Darlings


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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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Member ratings (888)

  • Lauran M.

    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!!

  • Alex M.

    Blue Springs, 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.

  • Naomi W.

    Capitol Heights, MD

    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.

  • Tina M.

    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.

  • Emma S.

    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.

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