Praise for Little Darlings:
"Golding's novel will strike true fear into the heart of any parent. At the same time, the novel explores the fierce and desperate love we have for our children, written with beautiful intensity . . . A gorgeous, creepy, modern fairy tale reminiscent of Angela Carter."
Kirkus starred review
"A modern story of ghosts and fairy tales . . . Golding beautifully blends the supernatural with the everyday, keeping readers riveted to the page as they question what is true."
Booklist starred review
"Sinister and sickeningly real, Little Darlings is fairy tale-inflected horror . . . that touch[es] on our deepest, most instinctive fears and fairy tales."
Foreword Reviews starred review
"Haunting . . . Fans of psychological thrillers will look forward to Golding’s next novel."
“Chilling story, beautiful prose. Little Darlings is stunning.”
Clare Mackintosh, New York Times bestselling author of I Let You Go
"Ingenious, chilling, and completely absorbing, Little Darlings is destined to be the hit of 2019. The scariest book I have read in many years."
A. J. Banner, bestselling author of The Good Neighbor
“Deep. Dark. Utterly addictive. I read this extraordinary book in one breathless gulp… Be warnedyou can't unread this story. It will haunt you.”
Teresa Driscoll, author of I Am Watching You
“I love this book! Compelling from the first page to the very last, Golding took me by the hand and pulled me softly but persistently through mystery and myth… A masterfully-told story and a beautiful and nuanced work of art.”
Susan Crawford, author of The Pocket Wife
“Dark, compelling and terrifyingly relatable, Little Darlings takes every parent’s worst fear and deftly twists it into something even more horrific. It will have you checking every shadow for what you hope isn’t really there.”
Megan Hart, New York Times bestselling author
"Little Darlings is the perfect marriage of taut psychological thriller and nail-biting horror. A changeling-inspired page-turner of note with a highly satisfying ending, it'll stay with you long after you've read it. I loved it and can't wait to see what Melanie Golding does next.”
Sarah Lotz, author of The White Road
"A twisty, chilling exploration of the dark side of motherhood, brilliantly told by a debut author whose skill is evident from the first page. Any parentany human, for that matterwill have a hard time putting this book down once they start."
Brad Parks, international bestselling author of The Last Act
“A story that is in turn enthralling, creepy and downright sinister, Melanie Golding turns fairy tales on their heads in Little Darlings, making this one to watch out for in 2019. A brilliant, heart-pounding read.”
Lisa Hall, author of Between You and Me
“Rich and satisfying, this is part who-done-it, part fairy tale, part psychological thriller… Will continue to rattle you, long after you have put it down.”
Felicity Everett, author of The People at Number 9
“Riveting, terrifying and at times heartbreaking…Melanie Golding’s disturbing portrait of a new mother’s paranoia is superbly written, cleverly plotted and gruesomely beautiful in an unforgettable way. A stunning debut.”
Annie Ward, author of Beautiful Bad
“Little Darlings is brilliantbeautifully written, disturbing and deliciously creepy.”
Roz Watkins, author of The Devil’s Dice
"Dark, richly evocative, tense, and thought-provoking. Taps into every woman's fear that she will not be believed."
Mel McGrath, author of Give Me the Child
"Viscerally creepy and compellinga contemporary dark fairy tale that reeled me in like tales of old."
Angela Clarke, author of Follow Me
"Little Darlings gives a thrill so deep it dips at times into pleasure, at Golding's sheer creativity, at her ability to take our most natural and primal life experience and weave into it our most ancient myths, transforming it into high horror. She keeps the reader spellbound until the very end . . . The psychological intensity of this novel is on par with the best."
Katherine Forbes Riley, author of The Bobcat
"A psychological thriller with a suggestion of the supernatural . . . Golding provides enough reasonable doubt about Lauren’s view of events to keep readers guessing."
A new mother in England's Peak District faces a dire threat to her children from someone only she can see. Is she mentally ill, or are there darker forces at work in Golding's debut novel?
Drowsing on the maternity ward with her newborn twins, Lauren Tranter hears a sinister voice singing. She's suddenly assaulted by a grotesque woman, who hisses, "I'll take yours and you can have mine." When security finds no sign of another person in Lauren's room, she's taken for an evaluation. Back at home with the babies, Lauren drifts through her days in a haze of sleeplessness and constant breastfeeding, barely leaving the house and receiving little help from her husband. When she once again reports a sighting of the strange woman outside her house, everyone assumes she's hallucinating. Everyone, that is, except for Joanna Harper, a detective sergeant who tends to follow her instincts and ask permission from superiors later. Then Lauren's babies are abducted. Maybe there is someone stalking her? But when the babies are recovered and Lauren immediately tries to drown them in the river, she's institutionalized, raving about how they are no longer her boys. While Lauren plots a way to get her own babies back, Jo discovers that a similar case happened 40 years before. Drawing on traditional folklore, fairy tales, and literature about changelings, Golding's novel will strike true fear into the heart of any parent. At the same time, the novel explores the fierce and desperate love we have for our children, written with beautiful intensity. And the ending, while ambiguous, skillfully walks the line between psychological and supernatural horror. Perhaps, in the end, the novel suggests, it doesn't matter where the threat comes from. What matters is what we will sacrifice to save the ones we love.
A gorgeous, creepy, modern fairy tale reminiscent of Angela Carter.