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Publisher's Summary

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 newborn 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 15 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?

©2018 Melanie Golding (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"A story that is in turn enthralling, creepy and downright sinister, Melanie Golding turns fairy tales on their heads in Little Darlings ...." (Lisa Hall, author of Between You and Me)

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Fantastic!

My first audio book didn't disappoint!! Was gripped from the very beginning. Made my runs more fun as I lost myself in the story. Narrated perfectly. I'm sorry it had to end!!

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This book was too slow for my liking. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen.......and finally the book was over and nothing interesting had happened.

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Little Darlings

A gripping drama that I could not stop listening to. I’ve just ordered the paperback.

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  • 05-05-2019

What a ride!

Absolutely loved it! Great domestic horror wherein the dread continues to build and build throughout; not knowing what's real or delusion, nor what will happen to the babies at the center of it all. Paranoia and doubt are the core of this story that will have you guessing til the very end. One of the highlights of the year for me!

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  • M. L. Russell
  • 24-05-2019

Brilliant!!

Didn't want this to end. I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks & never write reviews. I wasn't expecting this to be much other than standard easy listening thriller type book, but it was wonderful. Excellent narrator too.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-05-2019

Creepy and immersive

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Particularly as a new mum this brought back memories of the paranoia and second guessing you do in those early days of motherhood. It’s very creepy and I enjoyed the little stories at the start of some of the chapters. Ending was a little predictable but didn’t ruin it for me.

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  • samantha haw
  • 21-05-2019

Gripping from the start

I absolutely loved this book,thrilling edge of the seat moments throughout and the narration was beautiful. Especially liked the little bits about changeling etc as have always found these books interesting x

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  • Katy N.
  • 06-03-2020

Boring

Not for me at all. I just wasn’t interested in the in-depth descriptions of the minutiae of each day of the protagonist’s life and kept thinking “get ON with it”. I was constantly waiting for something to happen. After about 2 hours of this, I gave up.

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  • T Dewey
  • 22-11-2019

Not my cup of tea

Many friends loved it but just didn't quite feel right for me. Possibly scared me.... Maybe that's why....which probably makes it good

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  • Moira
  • 24-07-2019

quite riveting

reader brought it to life but overdid expression at times which trivialized the characters. good story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-06-2019

Terrible

Don’t waste your precious time, this is the worst book I’ve read in a long time

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