Melanie Golding


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.




Atmospheric and very creepy

The Guardian

Unforgettable…there is something of Sylvia Plath in Lauren…One suspects that the real sorceress here is Golding, whose writing has given a voice to every wronged mother

The New York Times

Little Darlings is full of stomach-turning moments that touch on our deepest, most instinctive fears and fairy tales. Tense, spooky scenes arise from everyday materials… The vivid, visceral descriptions of early motherhood are realistic, which makes the novel’s fairy tale elements even more believable.

Foreword Reviews

Little Darlings is brilliant—beautifully written, disturbing and deliciously creepy.

Roz Watkins
author of The Devil’s Dice

Little Darlings is the perfect marriage of taut psychological thriller and nail-biting horror. A changeling-inspired page-turner of note with a highly satisfying ending, it'll stay with you long after you've read it. I loved it and can't wait to see what Melanie Golding does next.

Sarah Lotz
author of The White Road

Little Darlings is a twisty, chilling exploration of the dark side of motherhood, brilliantly told by a debut author whose skill is evident from the first page. Any parent – any human, for that matter – will have a hard time putting this book down once they start.

Brad Parks
international bestselling author of The Last Act

Melanie Golding tells the truth about motherhood like no other writer since Sylvia Plath. Rich and satisfying, this is part who-done-it, part fairy tale, part psychological thriller. It delivers on all fronts and will continue to rattle you, long after you have put it down.

Felicity Everett
author of The People at Number 9

Ingenious, chilling, and completely absorbing, Little Darlings is destined to be the hit of 2019. The scariest book I have read in many years.

A.J. Banner
bestselling author of The Good Neighbour

Dark, richly evocative, tense and thought-provoking. Taps into every woman's fear that she will not be believed

Mel McGrath
author of Give Me the Child

Viscerally creepy and compelling - a contemporary dark fairy tale that reeled me in like tales of old.

Angela Clarke
author of Follow Me

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 of All the Lies We Tell

I love this book! Compelling from the first page to the very last, Golding took me by the hand and pulled me softly but persistently through mystery and myth . . . A masterfully-told story and a beautiful and nuanced work of art.

Susan Crawford
author of The Pocket Wife

Chilling story, beautiful prose. Little Darlings is stunning

Clare Mackintosh
author of I Let You Go

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

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

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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