Published: April 30, 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
Dates Read: April 30 – May 3, 2019
Genre/Category: Horror, Mystery & Thrillers
Read For: ARC / NetGalley Review
4 1/2 stars
Little Darlings. Oh, what did I just read? My head is still spinning. I need to talk to Melanie Golding ASAP and pick her brain!
Book synopsis from Amazon: 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.
When I finished this novel, I truly did say to myself “what the h*ll did I just read?” The reason was not bad in any way, it was good, in fact very good. This one really made me think. Full disclosure, I didn’t find Little Darlings to be “creepy” as many others have described. I guess this depends on your definition of the word, but when I think of the word creepy, I think more along the lines of the movie “The Ring” and that girl crawling out of the TV. Ew (shudders).
I found Little Darlings to be more of a psychological thriller with a touch of fantasy. The psychological part was based off a brilliant premise… a fairy tale. (What an awesome idea, and why didn’t I think of it????) You have your typical relationship, typical relationship issues, and your typical female hormonal overthinking of everything. The whole thing seems obvious, Lauren is just exhausted. RIGHT??? Seems too good to be true, almost like a psychological thriller that isn’t really worth picking up, right? Same old, same old. Yeah…... no. Now I always promise no spoilers so there is no way I can continue explaining my feelings without telling you the story, and I HATE when people do that. So, let‘s get to my rating.
I give this a good solid 4½ stars. Anyone who has read my reviews knows I am very stingy with the stars but this one deserves to be up there. Here is why. Not only did it have all the general basics that I require (see rating scale) but boy, did it make me think for a long time afterwards. A very long time. There are so many intricate facts revealed that need to be considered, and you have to question what you really believe in, down to your core. Here is where my nursing career comes into play, my psych training kicks in, and I try so hard to figure out all the answers. This is where I want to talk to Melanie Golding because I need these answers, I need my thoughts validated. I found the ending “smart.” It was one of those endings that may leave certain people (like me) wanting more, yet may leave others quite content. Either way, this book was worth every second I tore through it, and I highly recommend the read!
Thank You so much to NetGalley and to Crooked Lane Books for the ARC and the opportunity to review this book. I received this ARC for an unbiased and honest review.