Shortly after the birth of her twins, Lauren is recovering in the hospital when she hears a woman singing an eerie song. Concerned that the woman will wake up her twins, Laura approaches her and asks her to stop singing. The woman, dressed in ragged and dirty clothes seems to be singing to her own baby twins. When Lauren approaches her, the woman presents Lauren with an offer–her dirty and filthy creatures, for Lauren’s own sweet, perfect babies. When Lauren refuses, the crazed woman attempts to steal the babies away. Fearing for her life and for the lives of her twins, Lauren hides in the bathroom and calls the police. When the police arrive, there are no signs of an intruder in the hospital. Nurses and doctors deny the presence of an intruder and everyone turns to Lauren questioning her sanity. Could she be having some sort of post-natal psychosis?
If you have ever had children and by that I mean if you have ever birthed children, you are well aware of how exhausting the process is. If you ever had twins, then you also know the amount of work and lack of sleep that comes with them. Golding is superb in describing these initial days right after bringing a baby home. You can relate to the desperation that the new parents, Lauren and Patrick, are feeling. Lack of sleep and the constant demands of two newborn babies can drive anyone a bit nuts. Golding has a beautiful way of describing a scene that puts the reader in the middle of the action, and at times it’s hard to discern if Lauren is just one over-exhausted new mother, or if indeed some evil force is trying to take her babies away. Little Darlings is the debut novel of Melanie Golding. This is a suspenseful, addictive, and intelligent drama that mixes well the themes of myth, parenthood, pain, guilt, and psychosis. The ending is brilliant and by far one of the best novels I have read this year.
Little Darlings is scheduled to be published on April 30, 2019.
I would like to thank Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for providing me with an early copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
4 thoughts on “Little Darlings by Melanie Golding”
This is one of my upcoming reads so it’s great to see a 5 star review.
I think you’re going to love it. If you read my reviews you’ll see that I don’t give out a lot of 5 stars. Melanie Golding really did well in this novel, and to be her first book. I was really impressed.
Ok yes, the author is great at description – we agree. Patrick is a low life. Like scum sucking douche bag. I didn’t like him from the start. Although I am not done with the book (83%) I can honestly say – I hope he ends up in the water. I am glad you liked the book. I love that the author can get me to hate this guy and love Lauren! I really do like this story.
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Patrick is a total low life! I agree 100% but you just have to finish the book to see.