Little Darlings - Melanie Golding

Little Darlings

By Melanie Golding

  • Release Date: 2019-05-02
  • Genre: Gay
Score: 3.5
From 187 Ratings



‘Atmospheric and very creepy’ The Guardian

‘Goosebump-inducing…Unforgettable’ Woman & Home

‘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

‘Chilling story…stunning’ Clare Mackintosh

‘Taps into every woman’s fear that she will not be believed’ Mel McGrath, author of The Guilty Party

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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?

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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’

About the author

Melanie Golding is a recent graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, with distinction. Her short stories have been chosen to be recorded as podcasts by the Leicester-based festival Story City in 2015 and 2016, and to be performed at both the regular Stroud Short Stories event and their special ‘best of’ event at Cheltenham Literature Festival. In 2017 she won the short story prize at the Mid Somerset Festival, as well as the Evelyn Sanford trophy for highest mark in the prose class. She has taught creative writing in prisons and Young Offenders Institutions, as well as teaching music in a school for boys with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. She is now a full-time registered childminder and splits her time between that and writing. Little Darlings is her debut novel and has been optioned for screen by Free Range Films, the team behind the adaptation of My Cousin Rachel.


  • A chilling, thrilling & gloriously dark tale

    By Myrtle L.L.
    Melanie Golding’s beautifully written first novel weaves a story set in present-day Sheffield Into the dark folk heart of ancient times. But someone, or something, takes Lauren to the edge of madness. The fear of losing her babies keeps Lauren trapped indoors until the fateful day when she takes the babies outside… Detective Sergeant Jo Harper is the only one who really listens to Lauren. But the evidence is elusive, the leads tail off, other work must be prioritised. Yet Jo knows she must use all her skills to investigate what really happened on that terrible day. Finally, when the book ends, you, the reader, are still gripped inside the story. Inside a world where the old folk tales and fables and nightmares are real, and they’re here. Now.