Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Source: HQ Stories
Rating: 4/5

About The Book



Behind the hospital curtain, someone is waiting . . .
Lauren is alone on the maternity ward with her new-born twins when a terrifying encounter in the middle of the night leaves her convinced someone is trying to steal her children. Lauren, desperate with fear, locks herself and her sons in the bathroom until the police arrive to investigate.
When DS Joanna Harper picks up the list of overnight incidents that have been reported, she expects the usual calls from drunks and wrong numbers. But then a report of an attempted abduction catches her eye. The only thing is that it was flagged as a false alarm just fifteen minutes later.
Harper’s superior officer tells her there’s no case here, but Harper can’t let it go so she visits the hospital anyway. There’s nothing on the CCTV. No one believes this woman was ever there. And yet, Lauren claims that she keeps seeing the woman and that her babies are in danger, and soon Harper is sucked into Lauren’s spiral of fear. But how far will they go to save children who may not even be in danger?

My Thoughts

First of all, if you are pregnant or just had a baby, stop, don’t read it. Wait a few months until your baby has grown up and you feel like you again.
This had been a terrifying book; for the situation, the atmosphere and the story per se. Having a baby is not easy, so imagine having twins! Lauren is ready to be a mum, she just needs a little bit of time to recover her mind and body and she will be ready to be a mum. But the first night at the hospital she senses a woman that is trying to steal her babies, the worst nightmare for any new parent.
I was intrigued by this book since last November when I met the author; and her explanation of the book was creepy and real at the same time, I couldn’t resist to read it!
But if we really take the legend of the book, this book talks about all the nightmares any mother can have after having a baby. A father that just thinks that the mother has to take care of the baby and that the life continues as the same as before the children were born. A mother that doesn’t know how to connect with their newborn; or the worst ones, seeing and feeling things that are not there. Because depression and psychosis post-partum is real, but the fear of not being sane or having your freedom removed from you, is the worst nightmare at all. And in this case, the doctors and nurses of the hospital didn’t give me any confidence or trust; I don’t think reality has to be far from it. How can you trust someone if you don’t trust yourself?
The story of the book is really frightening, because you don’t know what to trust or who to trust. But that’s what makes a story great, am I right?
This had been an opening eye story; so many themes to think and read about that will leave no one indifferent!
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About The Author

Melanie Golding 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.
Her first novel, Little Darlings, was published by HQ in the UK in May 2019, and by HarperCollins Canada and Crooked Lane Books US. Little Darlings has been optioned for screen by Free Range Films, the team behind the adaptation of My Cousin Rachel.