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THE TWINS ARE CRYING.
THE TWINS ARE HUNGRY.
LAUREN IS CRYING.
LAUREN IS EXHAUSTED.
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?
I always try to keep my preconceptions of a book minimal so that my expectations don’t affect my enjoyment of the book. However, due to the description written on the proof, ‘The most unsettling book of the year’, I couldn’t help but have a few ideas of what to expect and part of me was worried this would lead to disappointment. But Little Darlings well and truly lived up to its description, I’d certainly have to agree that it’s one of the most unsettling books I’ve read this year, and there really have been some crackers!
I absolutely loved the way that I never quite knew what to believe and how Golding kept me wondering throughout, questioning everything and constantly changing my mind.
The descriptions of certain scenes, especially the terrifying encounter which leads to Lauren thinking that the twins will be taken, were so creepy and haunting, I can still picture them in my mind now and shiver at the thought.
I think what makes this book as unsettling as it is though, is how real Lauren’s emotions are. Whether you have a child or not, Golding allows you to understand what Lauren is going through and to feel her fear for her twins coming right off the pages. It’s impossible not to hold your breath while you wait to see what the outcome will be of the things she goes though.
Overall, I’m giving Little Darlings 4.5 out of 5. It’s unsettling, haunting and kept me questioning absolutely everything! I’m really looking forward to reading more by Melanie Golding!
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About the Author
Melanie Golding is a graduate of the MA in creative writing program at Bath Spa University, with distinction. She 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. In recent years she has won and been shortlisted in several local and national short story competitions. Little Darlings is her first novel, and has been optioned for screen by Free Range Films, the team behind the adaptation of My Cousin Rachel.
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