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Little Darlings

(2019)
A novel by

 
 
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.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

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

"Deep. Dark. Utterly addictive. I read this extraordinary book in one, breathless gulp…Be warned – you can't unread this story. It will haunt you." - Teresa Driscoll

"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

"A story that is in turn enthralling, creepy and downright sinister, Melanie Golding turns fairy tales on their heads…A brilliant, heart-pounding read." - Lisa Hall

"A changeling-inspired page-turner of note with a highly satisfying ending, it’ll stay with you long after you’ve read it." - Sarah Lotz

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

"Chilling story, beautiful prose. Little Darlings is stunning." - Clare Mackintosh

"Riveting, terrifying and at times heartbreaking…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

"Little Darlings is brilliant – beautifully written, disturbing and deliciously creepy." - Roz Watkins


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Hardback Editions

September 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Little Darlings (Wheeler Large Print Book)
Author(s): Melanie Golding
ISBN: 1-4328-6904-3 / 978-1-4328-6904-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing Large Print
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April 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Little Darlings: A Novel
Author(s): Melanie Golding
ISBN: 1-68331-997-4 / 978-1-68331-997-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
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April 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: Little Darlings: The chilling, haunting and addictive debut everyone's talking about
Author(s): Melanie Golding
ISBN: 0-00-829367-8 / 978-0-00-829367-3 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

August 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Little Darlings: A Novel
Author(s): Melanie Golding
ISBN: 1-64385-444-5 / 978-1-64385-444-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
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February 2020 : UK Paperback

Title: Little Darlings
Author(s): Melanie Golding
ISBN: 0-00-839571-3 / 978-0-00-839571-1 (UK edition)
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January 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Little Darlings: The chilling, haunting and addictive debut everyone's talking about
Author(s): Melanie Golding
ISBN: 0-00-829371-6 / 978-0-00-829371-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: HQ
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April 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Little Darlings: The chilling, haunting and addictive debut everyone's talking about
Author(s): Melanie Golding
ISBN: 0-00-829368-6 / 978-0-00-829368-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: HQ
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April 2019 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Little Darlings: A Novel
Author(s): Melanie Golding
ISBN: 1-4434-5682-9 / 978-1-4434-5682-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: HarperAvenue
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Audio Editions

May 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Little Darlings
Author(s): Melanie Golding
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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May 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Little Darlings
Author(s): Melanie Golding
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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May 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Little Darlings
Author(s): Melanie Golding
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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April 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: Little Darlings: A Novel
Author(s): Melanie Golding
ISBN: 1-982628-74-X / 978-1-982628-74-1
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
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April 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: Little Darlings: Library Edition
Author(s): Melanie Golding
ISBN: 1-982628-73-1 / 978-1-982628-73-4
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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April 2019 : MP3 CD
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Title: Little Darlings
Author(s): Melanie Golding
ISBN: 1-982628-75-8 / 978-1-982628-75-8
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April 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Little Darlings: A Novel
Author(s): Melanie Golding
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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April 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Little Darlings: A Novel
Author(s): Melanie Golding
Publisher: HarperAudio
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Kindle Editions

May 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Little Darlings: The chilling, haunting and addictive debut everyone's talking about
Author(s): Melanie Golding
Publisher: HQ
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


April 2019 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Little Darlings: A Novel
Author(s): Melanie Golding
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Availability: Amazon   


April 2019 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Little Darlings: A Novel
Author(s): Melanie Golding
Publisher: HarperAvenue
Availability: Amazon CA