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*Little Darlings Melanie Golding

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Local Reader Reviews:

This brilliant psychological thriller/horror story gripped me from the first page and I suspended all other activities until I had finished it. I loved the interplay between old fairy tales and the modern world with its opinions about parenting and so-called mental health issues.

Lauren, a new mother of twins, struggles with her responsibilities and her husband is of little help. When a ragged woman threatens to exchange her children for her own, she is unsure whether it was an exhausted hallucination. However, her children later get snatched from her at the lakeside and when they return, it’s obvious to Lauren that they are not her own although they look the same.
Nobody believes her except Joanna Harper, a detective, but her boss stops her from investigating the case in detail. Meanwhile, Lauren is kept in a high security mental hospital.
The description of the changeling babies is chilling and creepy. They keep staring at people and can speak in adult voices. Yet, as time moves on, they reveal to Lauren that they themselves wish to return to the water, where they came from. With no support, Lauren must find a way of getting the changelings to the water so she can have her own babies back.
I liked the ending, it was satisfying yet open. All characters were complex and felt real. None of them were completely reliable in what they believed, with the exception of the detective.
Fantastic reading, I’ll easily give this book 10 out of 10!
Andrea
 I’d give this book 8 out of 10 and recommend it.

The story is inspired by some creepy dark fairy tales that adds to the eerie feel.  It’s an unsettling, compulsive and mysterious tale that had me constantly wavering between believing Lauren’s story and thinking maybe she really is just imagining it all.  I liked how the folklore was integrated into the storyline.

Worth the read.
Niamh

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Description

LAUREN IS EXHAUSTED. Behind the hospital curtain, someone is waiting . .

. A terrifying encounter in the middle of the night leaves Lauren convinced someone is trying to steal her new-born twins. Desperate with fear, she locks herself and her sons in the bathroom until the police arrive.

When DS Joanna Harper picks up the list of reported overnight incidents, 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 fifteen minutes later.

But Harper chooses to investigate anyway. There’s nothing on the CCTV, and yet Lauren claims that the woman is still after her children. No one will listen to Lauren – except Harper.

And now Harper must ask herself, is Lauren mad, or does she see something no one else can? * * * * Readers can’t stop raving about Little Darlings: ‘Every mother will see themselves in Lauren…taut with suspense’ ‘You just need to read it and let the creepiness and uneasiness set in’ ‘A disturbing and spine-chilling tale…This tale will keep readers on the edge of their seat’ ‘A unique, haunting story that stays with you long after finishing it’

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