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Little Darlings

(2019)
A novel by

 
 
"Unforgettable."—The New York Times
"Lyrical and atmospheric." —Bustle
"A satiating psychological horror tale." —Cultured Vultures

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

APRIL 2019 LIBRARY READS PICK

“Mother knows best” takes on a sinister new meaning in this unsettling thriller perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman, Grimms’ Fairy Tales, and Aimee Molloy's The Perfect Mother.


Everyone says Lauren Tranter is exhausted, that she needs rest. And they’re right; with newborn twins, Morgan and Riley, she’s never been more tired in her life. But she knows what she saw: that night, in her hospital room, a woman tried to take her babies and replace them with her own...creatures. Yet when the police arrived, they saw no one. Everyone, from her doctor to her husband, thinks she’s imagining things.

A month passes. And one bright summer morning, the babies disappear from Lauren’s side in a park. But when they’re found, something is different about them. The infants look like Morgan and Riley—to everyone else. But to Lauren, something is off. As everyone around her celebrates their return, Lauren begins to scream, These are not my babies.

Determined to bring her true infant sons home, Lauren will risk the unthinkable. But if she’s wrong about what she saw...she’ll be making the biggest mistake of her life.

Compulsive, creepy, and inspired by some of our darkest fairy tales, Little Darlings will have you checking—and rechecking—your own little ones. Just to be sure. Just to be safe.

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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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)
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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)
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April 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: Little Darlings: The chilling, haunting and addictive best selling crime thriller 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

April 2021 : Canada Paperback

Title: Little Darlings: A Novel
Author(s): Melanie Golding
ISBN: 1-4434-5684-5 / 978-1-4434-5684-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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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
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Title: Little Darlings: The chilling, haunting and addictive best selling crime thriller debut everyone's talking about
Author(s): Melanie Golding
ISBN: 0-00-829371-6 / 978-0-00-829371-0 (UK edition)
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February 2020 : UK Paperback

Title: Little Darlings: The chilling, haunting and addictive best selling crime thriller debut everyone's talking about
Author(s): Melanie Golding
ISBN: 0-00-839571-3 / 978-0-00-839571-1 (UK edition)
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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
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


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
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May 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Little Darlings
Author(s): Melanie Golding
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May 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Little Darlings
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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
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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: A Novel
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
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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 best selling crime thriller debut everyone's talking about
Author(s): Melanie Golding
Publisher: HQ
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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