Little Darlings

A Novel

by Melanie Golding

On Sale: 04/30/2019

Little Darlings

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Little Darlings

A Novel

by Melanie Golding

On Sale: 04/30/2019


About the Book


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A new mother becomes convinced that her children are not her own…

Lauren, a new mother, is exhausted by the demands of her twin boys. Since coming home from the hospital, she rarely leaves the house. But it isn't only new motherhood keeping her there. Lauren knows someone is watching them and someone wants her babies. It started with an incident at the hospital and an emergency call in the middle of the night. No one believes her -- not her husband, not the police -- until one day in the park when everything changes. Is Lauren mad or does she know something no one else does?

A gripping novel that gets to the heart of a mother’s worst fears, and how often they are ignored.


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Critical Praise

“Unforgettable. . . . one suspects that the real sorceress here is Golding, whose writing has given a voice to every wronged mother.” - New York Times

“A lyrical and atmospheric folktale for the modern age, Little Darlings is a gorgeously crafted story.” - Bustle

“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 Reviews (starred review)

“Golding beautifully blends the supernatural with the everyday, keeping readers riveted to the page as they question what is true. Parents, particularly mothers, will see themselves in both Lauren and Harper.”  - Booklist (starred review)

“Riveting, terrifying and at times heart-breaking, Little Darlings had me tip-toeing through my dark house at night to check on the children.” - Annie Ward, author of Beautiful Bad

“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

“Little Darlings is brilliant – beautifully written, disturbing and deliciously creepy.” - Roz Watkins, author of The Devil’s Dice

Deep. Dark. Utterly addictive. I read this extraordinary book in one, breathless gulp. It touched me so deeply, it felt almost dangerous. . . . Be warned – you can’t unread this story. It will haunt you.” - Teresa Driscoll, author of I Am Watching You

 ”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

“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

Little Darlings is a satiating psychological horror tale, rooted in changeling mythos and the turmoil of new motherhood.” - Cultured Vultures

“Haunting...Fans of psychological thrillers will look forward to Golding’s next novel.” - Publishers Weekly


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443456821
  • ISBN 10: 1443456829
  • Imprint: HarperAvenue
  • On Sale: 04/30/2019
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price:22.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Psychological
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / General

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