Book:

Little Darlings

Melanie Golding

 

 

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: folk tales do not spring from whimsy; they warn us and teach us.

And speak to the fear in us all.

Reviews:

Deep. Dark. Utterly addictive. I read this extraordinary book in one, breathless gulp. It touched me so deeply, it felt almost dangerous. At times I simply had to put the book down. But then I would pace - and pick it straight back up again. Be warned - you can't unread this story. It will haunt you.

Teresa Driscoll, author of I Am Watching You
Teresa Driscoll , author of I Am Watching You

Riveting, terrifying and at times heart-breaking, Little Darlings had me tip-toeing through my dark house at night to check on the children. 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 and a uniquely creepy premise.

Annie Ward, author of Beautiful Bad
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
Lisa Hall , author of Between You and Me

Genre

Upmarket Women's Fiction

UK Publication

HarperCollins / HQ, Spring 2019

US Publication

On Offer

Rights Sales

UK & Commonwealth: HarperCollins, HQ
Canadian: HarperCollins Canada
German: HarperCollins Germany
Hungarian: General Press
Latvian: Zvaigzne
Portuguese (EU): Grupo Planeta