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Little Darlings

Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
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Hannah Kent meets Leila Slimani’s Lullaby meets Rosemary’s Baby in the most unsettling book of the year.

The twins are crying.

The twins are hungry.

Lauren is crying. 

Lauren is exhausted.

Behind the hospital curtain, someone is waiting.... 

After a traumatic birth, Lauren is alone on the maternity ward with her newborn twins. Her husband has gone home. The nurses are doing their rounds. She can’t stop thinking about every danger her babies now face. But all new mothers think like that. Don’t they?

A terrifying encounter in the middle of the night leaves Lauren convinced someone or something is trying to steal her children. But with every step she takes to keep her babies safe, Lauren sinks deeper and deeper into paranoia and fear. From the stark loneliness of returning home after birth to the confines of a psychiatric unit, Lauren’s desperation increases, as no one will listen to her. But here’s the question: is she mad, or does she know something we don’t?

Loosely inspired by the ghostly folktale The Brewery of Eggshells, where a mother becomes convinced her twins are in danger, Little Darlings offers a fresh perspective on modern motherhood, postnatal psychosis and the roles women play. It has always been thus: folktales do not spring from whimsy; they warn us and teach us and speak to the fear in us all.

©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, making this one to watch out for in 2019. A brilliant, heart-pounding read." (Lisa Hall, author of Between You and Me)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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