Fiction Book Reviews

Thriller | Little Darlings | Melanie Golding

This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy.

We’re delighted to be sharing Laura’s thoughts on tour for Little Darlings by Melanie Golding.

Little Darlings was a big hit for Laura. Don’t miss this debut!

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding book cover.



Behind the hospital curtain, someone is waiting . . .

Lauren is alone on the maternity ward with her new-born twins when a terrifying encounter in the middle of the night leaves her convinced someone is trying to steal her children. Lauren, desperate with fear, locks herself and her sons in the bathroom until the police arrive to investigate.

When DS Joanna Harper picks up the list of overnight incidents that have been reported, 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.

Harper’s superior officer tells her there’s no case here, but Harper can’t let it go so she visits the hospital anyway. There’s nothing on the CCTV. No one believes this woman was ever there. And yet, Lauren claims that she keeps seeing the woman and that her babies are in danger, and soon Harper is sucked into Lauren’s spiral of fear. But how far will they go to save children who may not even be in danger?

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding is published by HQ and is available to purchase in digital, hardcover and audiobook formats with the paperback publishing 5 March 2020.


Little Darlings is a cleverly written psychological thriller. It is creepy, atmospheric and highly addictive. The suspense mingled with the supernatural makes it a superb read.

This story is influenced by fairy tales and folklore, especially tales about changelings. I enjoyed the passages from other tales as contributed well to this story and I now want to read the old folklore.

Lauren Tranter is a new mother of twin boys, and is struggling with sleep deprivation and her overwhelming feelings of responsibility. While at the hospital she reports a woman trying to take her boys. Without any witnesses the doctors explain to her husband, Patrick that it must be the lack of sleep. As only detective Jo Harper believes her, Lauren soon spirals into a cocoon at home, desperate to protect her boys. Until one day, her husband persuades her to go outside.

The author has captured Lauren’s character extremely well and her descriptions of a new mum with PPD is expressed brilliantly. I was captivated by this story and loved not knowing whether events that took place were real or in Lauren’s imagination. The love for her children is beautiful yet there is a creepy feel.

I loved this book as like the author, I have always been intrigued by fairy tales and discovering the dark origins of these tales we now read as children’s stories.

A wonderful read.

Jera's Jamboree

Melanie Golding author photo

Melanie Golding is a UK based author with a wide range of interests, including music and folklore. In 2016 she completed an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, graduating with Distinction. Her debut novel, Little Darlings, is due for publication in early 2019 with HQ HarperCollins in the UK and commonwealth, HarperCollins Canada and Crooked Lane Books in the US.

Connect with Melanie Golding


Twitter @mk_golding


Don’t forget to check out the other hosts on tour.

Little Darlings Melanie Golding BlogTour Banner

Family comes first! I'm married with two son's in their 20's and have a little more time now to follow my passions. I love my role as an Inclusion Lead in KS2 and I'm passionate about early help. I'm a member of Bournemouth's Early Help Operational Board working alongside others to instigate change and growth. I'm also passionate about my love of reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet. I've been blogging for eight years at Jera's Jamboree.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *