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“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 t
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
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    Emily May
    Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
    How could her brain conjure something that seemed so real, something laden with so much horrifying detail, and yet there be nothing at all?

    This book is seriously creepy, creative and sad. I think it's a bit misleading that it has found its way to the mystery/thriller section when it is mostly a contemporary with elements (or suggestions) of magical realism. But either way, it's a moving, frightening, psychological portrait of new motherhood, set in the Peak District.

    Little Darlings is inspired
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    Maureen
    Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    Oh boy, this was one scary scenario. With echoes of Grimms Fairy Tales, ‘Little Darlings’ will probably give you sleepless nights along with the protagonist!

    It’s the wee small hours of the morning on the maternity ward, and even though she’s exhausted, Lauren Tranter lies awake, already worrying about the responsibility of looking after her newborn twins Riley and Morgan - like any new mum she has concerns about her new role in life, keeping these little ones safe and well. Little does she know
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    Chelsea Humphrey
    Have you ever found yourself writing a review for a book that you didn't particularly enjoy, but found important and/or necessary? Little Darlings was just that read for me, and if you'll bear with me, I'll do my best in unpacking these complicated feelings I have below.

    "The child is not mine as the first was,
    I cannot sing it to rest,
    I cannot lift it up fatherly
    And bliss it upon my breast:
    Yet it lies in my little one's cradle
    And it sits in my little one's chair,
    And the light of the heaven she's
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    Debra
    Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
    "Mother Knows Best"

    Lauren Tranter has just given birth to twin boys, Morgan and Riley. Naturally she is exhausted and in need of sleep. But she knows what she saw in her room in the maternity ward - a woman attempting to take her twins and replace them with her own, "it’s only fair". However, when hospital security and the police arrive, they find no evidence of the possible kidnapper. Furthermore, no one believes Lauren, but Detective Harper, a police officer feels that there might be something
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    Michelle
    Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Let me begin this review with saying that I have absolutely no business reviewing an ARC that doesn't even publish until April 2019 when I have so many ARC's pending soon or better yet the ones I'm behind on BUT the synopsis for this is beyond intriguing and it's October when it's time for all things creepy and spooky and this one seemed a perfect choice for the season.

    And I was right! <--- it does happen once in awhile! ;)

    Whoa! Little Darlings was an absolute delight to read.

    "The child i
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    Norma * Traveling Sister
    Creepy, gripping, & atmospheric!

    The story is inspired by some deliciously creepy dark fairy tales that adds an extra layer to the sinister, menacing and eerie feel of the book. I absolutely love these types of tales and found myself devouring this one!

    LITTLE DARLINGS by MELANIE GOLDING is an unsettling, compulsive and mysterious tale that had me constantly wavering between believing Lauren’s story and thinking maybe she really is just imagining it all. The feelings that I had for Lauren thro
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    Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
    Well this one is going to be difficult to write. I would have to classify this as a psychological thriller with the addition of folklore or the supernatural. At any rate it was a truly creepy, turn the pages quickly read. While at first I thought it would be something that wouldn’t be believable, by the first third of the book I was truly scared at what the outcome of this story would be.

    As a mom of four I remember the sleep deprived feelings, forgetting what day it even is, never having time fo
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    j e w e l s
    Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: books-bejeweled
    FOUR STARS

    Little Darlings
    has caused quite a buzz in the literary world. I read where the UK publisher snatched up the manuscript within 48 hours of submission! A six-figure sum for the book and now news of the movie rights being sold—wowzah, great news for a debut author.

    So, what’s the big deal, you say?

    As in most psyche suspense novels, we have the requisite unreliable female narrator, her highly sketch husband and an instinctual police detective as the main characters. Lauren wakes up in the
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    Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    4 stars!

    Creepy, haunting, addictive and atmospheric!

    Lauren Tranter is a new mother to twin boys. As many new moms do, Lauren struggles upon her return home from the hospital after giving birth. She is exhausted, she is constantly feeding her babies, she can’t find time for a shower, she can’t possibly think of finding a way to venture out of the house with the boys to get groceries. Her husband works a lot and pushes Lauren to get out of the house with the twins to refresh and reacquaint hersel
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    Holly  B
    An ominous and beautifully written fairy tale filled with touches of mythology and folklore. 

    Two little darling twin boys and mother who loves them immensely.

    Everything else I was reading took a backseat to this scrumptious tale. I just couldn't stop reading it. It has an addictive quality and the author's skillful writing and magical descriptions pulled me right into the heart of the story. And it does have heart! The mother has so much love for her babies.

    The mom of newborn twins, Lauren'
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    Felicia
    Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    If Grimms' Fairy Tales and The Changeling had a twin babies, Little Darlings would be those babies.

    An unsettling tale of a new mother, Lauren, of twin boys, who finds herself terrorized by a macabre woman attempting to abduct Lauren's babies and replace them with her own. Her account is dismissed by hospital staff, the police, and even her husband as a hallucination attributed to exhaustion, even Lauren herself begins to question her own sanity. The only person that is unconvinced that Lauren ha
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    Kaceey
    Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Oh my goodness! This book rolled out as a truly creepy read that had me keeping several lights in the house shining bright as I huddled in the corner of my sofa, shaking while I read on.

    Lauren Tranter has just given birth to twins, exhausted from a prolonged labor and delivery. Curiously, she keeps over-hearing another woman behind the curtain in the next bed singing to her twins.
    Lauren can’t believe it! Two sets of twins in one night? What are the odds? Things take a strange turn however, when
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    Carol (Bookaria)
    Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
    A truly haunting story. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since I finished it.

    Lauren gives birth to twins and taking care of them without any help has been exhausting. Taking her husband's advice she decides to get out of the house and take them for a stroll in the park. She dozes off for a moment and when she wakes up they're gone! 

    The police is called and luckily they are found nearby, however, even though these babies look exactly like hers she knows they're not her children. From
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    Susanne  Strong
    3.75 Stars.* (rounded up)

    Fairy Tales and Folklore, what a combination!


    Imagine being Lauren Tranter, mother to newborn twins, Morgan and Riley. She is excited and nervous to take her babies home and then she get visited by a disheveled, dirty and smelly woman who threatens to steal her babies and replace them with her own “changelings.” Then it happens and Lauren Tranter is beside herself. Detective Jo Harper investigates and is the only one who believes her. The babies don’t just coo and smile
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    Beata
    Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
    I rarely request and read horror novels but I decided that I might try Little Darlings even though the Author was unknown to me. And it was a good choice! The city of Sheffield with its rivers makes a perfect setting for the plot. The story revolves around an alleged kidnapping of infant twin brothers.Their mother, Lorraine Trantner, is convinced some evil power threatens the lives of her newly-born sons but it seems she is unable to prove ther fears. Some personal problems from the past also ma ...more
    Fran
    Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Lauren Tranter had just given birth to identical twin boys, Riley and Morgan. She was worried. She was "still waiting for the rush of love. That one you feel, at once the second they're born..." She felt that she might be "...trapped in her little family unit...". After all, husband Patrick was unwilling to help. He felt Lauren alone must sacrifice and embrace "parenthood". Caring for the twins wasn't actual work, he said.

    Lauren is panic stricken upon seeing a grimy faced, dark haired, seemingly
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    marilyn
    Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    The book is told from the point of view of Lauren Tranter, an exhausted new mother of twins and Jo Harper a detective who investigates the events that take place concerning Lauren and her twins. The story starts towards the end of Lauren's long labor and the baby boys are named Morgan and Riley. Lauren spends several days in the hospital with them, wondering when her "love" for her babies will appear. Lauren is exhausted, inexperienced, and gets no real support from her husband Ben, at any time ...more
    James
    Little Darlings by Melanie Golding is a story about pain, hope, psychosis, fairy tales, motherhood, lies, and drama. It is the type of book where you do not get all the answers and must interpret for yourself what actually happened in the final pages. For some, this will be a great opportunity to decide what is fantasy and what is real. For others, it's a foray into an unknown world of uncertainty. Whether you lean in either direction, one thing's for sure, it's good writing.

    Lauren Tranter just
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    Carolyn
    Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Lauren Tranter, exhausted after the difficult birth of twin boys is lying in her hospital bed when she thinks she sees and hears a dirty, dishevelled woman try to swap one of her babies for one of Lauren's boys. However, the the police and the hospital can't find any evidence of an intruder, so she is forced to believe that she has imagined the woman but is nevertheless relieved to take her boys home where she can keep them safe.

    Once at home, with little help from her selfish husband, Lauren be
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    megs_bookrack
    Update 3/30/19: Still this.

    I can't believe I have had this for months now and haven't read it.

    What is with my life?

    Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    What a despairingly creepy novel. Highly readable and full of raw emotional content. Truly heart-shattering!

    Lauren Tanter is exhausted after the birth of her twin boys Morgan and Riley. Overjoyed at her bundles, she is dealing with complications after birth and adjusting to the around the clock feedings during her hospital stay, while her husband gets to go home and rest up every night. She is sore, tired and over-flooded emotionally. She loves those boys so much, they are just perfect.

    One of t
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    Louise Wilson
    Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Everyone says Lauren Tranter is exhausted, that she needs a rest. And they're right; with newborn twins, Morgan and Riley, she's never neen 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. But is she?

    The story is told by Lauren Tranter, an exhausted new mother of tw
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    Theresa Alan
    Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
    My first thought is that though this is billed as a thriller/mystery, maybe it’s also a bit horror/paranormal. Whatever it is, it’s super creepy, and it will not make you envy the life of a new mother of twins.

    It starts with a well-written but harrowing account of natural child birth. Utterly exhausted and now alone in the middle of the night at the hospital, Lauren is certain she sees a bedraggled homeless woman telling her that she must choose only one of her twin boys. Her claims are quickly
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    Selena
    Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Little Darlings is a creepy psychological thriller that is the perfect read for Halloween.

    I received a free e-copy of Little Darlings by Melanie Golding from NetGalley for my honest review.

    Lauren, who is eight months pregnant with twins is absolutely exhausted. Finally, the day comes when the twins (Riley and Morgan) are born. Someone has tried to kidnap her twins and replace them with look a likes. Lauren alerts people for help but she has vanished. No one believes her either. They think Lauren
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    Book of Secrets
    Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    4.5 Stars → LITTLE DARLINGS is a creepy and addictive psychological thriller about a new mother of twins who fears her babies are changelings. Was this brought on by postpartum psychosis, or is there something sinister going on?

    What a nightmare to think your babies were swapped with strange river creatures, yet they look the same on the outside...and no one believes you.

    I enjoyed this modern dark fairy tale very much. Lauren, the mother, was a compelling character, and her whole situation gave m
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    Sarah Joint
    Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
    This was a perfect Halloween read for me. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for something just a bit creepy and unnerving. It never crosses into completely terrifying, it's more of a slow unraveling that keeps you on edge, starting to question everything. Chilling and atmospheric, this book features snippets of old folk tales... each having to do with twins. We now of course understand how twins come to be, but there's still something just a bit mysterious and intriguing about them. Many years ...more
     Li'l Owl ~ Incorrigible Reader
    From the cover...

    Deep, Dark, Utterly additive...
    Be warned—you can't unread this story. It will haunt you."
    -Teresa Driscoll.


    In an extraordinary coincidence, I watched the movie, The Changing, a couple of days before I read this novel.
    I became completely absorbed in the movie, the ending sending tears streaming down my face.
    At the very end, I was jolted once more when I was reminded that the film was based on a true story, sending chills up and down my spine and taking my breath away. Why a
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    Liz Barnsley
    Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Genuinely creepy, deeply unsettling and hugely atmospheric tale, something a bit different and honestly addictive. Made me want to sleep with the lights on after one particularly clever scene early on.

    Out May next year I'll talk about it a lot more then. I would caution you not to read it if you are a new parent or are about to be a new parent of twins! Trust me. When they are older then you can read it ha.

    Really excellent. Highly recommended.
    Judy
    Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Awesome debut novel Melanie Golding! This is an interesting tale of a mother who gives birth to twins and then immediately starts seeing this old, raggedy woman who wants to trade her babies for Lauren's. The story is based on the old fairy stories of changelings - fairy children who are left in place of human children taken by the fairies. It is both creepy and disturbing. I guess you could call the book a supernatural or paranormal psychological thriller. It was suspenseful wondering what Laur ...more
    NZLisaM
    A psychologically disturbing and suspenseful, creepy modern folklore story, with a fairy tale feel!

    Lauren Tranter gives birth to two healthy twin boys, Riley and Morgan. Her first night on the maternity ward, sore and exhausted from a tough labour, she hears, from the bed next door to hers. another new mother whispering to her own twin babies. The next morning a nurse informs Lauren that no one's sleeping there, and that hers are the only multiple births currently in the hospital. Night two, the
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    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 competitio ...more
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