Title: Little Darlings
Author: Melanie Golding
Pages: 312 pages
Published: April 30th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
GoodReads Description: "“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."
5 eerily-insane-folktale stars!
Lauren Tranter is a new mother. And as a mother, I can testify that nothing can make you crazier than becoming a new mother (ha-ha)! Lauren's Mama Bear instincts are heightened by a woman attempting to steal her babies in the hospital. After she brings them home, the babies go missing from the park one day (terrifying!) but are shortly after recovered. Everyone is overjoyed, but Lauren knows what they do not - these are not her babies! The woman promised she would trade Lauren's babies for her own changelings, but with no one to believe her (she has been under so much stress after all), how will she get her babies back?
This book was AMAZING! I loved every second of it - it was 100% EXACTLY my cup of tea! Is it magic or is Lauren going crazy? I can't tell you, because I'm not a spoiler kind of reviewer, but I can tell you that mixing psychological themes with folktale/fairytale elements resulted in an absolutely horrifically magical book!
Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review!