Due to be published by HarperCollins/HQ in May 2019, the video shows an ultrasound of twins moving in the womb…
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.
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. Her desperation only increases as no one will listen to her.
Is she mad, or does she know something we don’t?
Little Darlings offers a fresh perspective on modern motherhood, postnatal psychosis and the roles women play.
The novel has been optioned for TV by Free Range Films, producers of My Cousin Rachel, and rights have been sold into seven territories worldwide.
Little Darlings has already received glowing reviews ahead of it’s publication:
“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
“Chilling story, beautiful prose. Little Darlings is stunning.”
Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go and Come a Little Closer
Melanie is a graduate of the MA in creative writing program at Bath Spa University, with distinction. In recent years she has won and been shortlisted in several local and national short story competitions.