A creepy but modern retelling of the Grimms’ Fairytales | Blog Tour Review: Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

A creepy but modern retelling of the Grimms' Fairytales | Blog Tour Review: Little Darlings by Melanie Golding


A creepy but modern retelling of the Grimms' Fairytales | Blog Tour Review: Little Darlings by Melanie Golding
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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.

Should You read Little Darlings by Melanie Golding ?

She had to play the game, even before she knew what the rules were.

It takes a lot to creep me out but Little Darlings did that and did that early in the book. Little Darlings is Melanie Golding’s debut novel and I’m so excited to be a part of this blog tour. Don’t forget to check out the other stops in the tour.

The story starts off with our protagonist Lauren Tranter, who is giving birth to her twins. She is exhausted- rightly so – but her husband has to go to work and therefore, has to leave her alone in the hospital. Lauren looks over to the opposite of her bed and sees another set of twins but upon inquiring from a nurse, she is shocked to hear that hers is the only set of twins to be born until now. The next time she’s alone, she encounters a strange woman with twins and Lauren thinks her a homeless person and tries to help her but she shouldn’t have.

Besides Lauren, there’s yet another character whose POV we read and it is DC Harper’s. DC Harper is drawn to Lauren’s story when she hears a 999 call(emergency contact no.) from Lauren who’s asking for help as someone is trying to kidnap her babies. Although this emergency has been ticked off as a Mental Health problem, Harper’s instincts tell her otherwise.

Look at someone every day for long enough and you stop seeing what everyone else sees. You start to see what no one else sees, what is kept hidden from most people.

After a hospital visit to Lauren, Harper has to let this case go as she has no evidence but she soon gets a call from Lauren who saw the strange lady from the hospital again! Outside her house! Is Lauren just paranoid ? Or, is the threat real? Why does Lauren’s husband look so worried? To uncover all these secrets and more, you need to read Little Darlings.

The story of Little Darlings is said to be a modern retelling(of sorts) of the Grimms’ Fairytales. It’s an incredible blend of fantasy, thriller and horror. It urges you to question your beliefs…are the stories about fairies or changelings all just farce or are they real? At first, I had assumed that Lauren is suffering from psychiatric disorders which were common post-partum but it somehow turned out to be much more ..more twists and turns..more creepiness. I didn’t have any trouble with the pace, or the plot but I hated Lauren’s husband. It may remind you a bit of Gine Girl’s Amy and her husband.

Overall, I recommend this book if  you love reading Neil Gaiman and psychological thrillers mixed with some elements of horror(and fantasy).

Thanks to the publisher for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


Author: Connect with Author Melanie Golding here.

  • Publisher: HQ Stories
  • Publication Date: 2nd May , 2019
  • Hardcover: 384 Pages
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Will you read Little Darlings ? If you have read it, then let me know if you liked it or not. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

A creepy but modern retelling of the Grimms' Fairytales | Blog Tour Review: Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

Author: Book Rambler

Hi! I'm Shalini. I am an avid reader, daydreamer, future scientist. In order to ramble about books with you, I created this blog. You can find me here and on any of my social media channels.

8 thoughts on “A creepy but modern retelling of the Grimms’ Fairytales | Blog Tour Review: Little Darlings by Melanie Golding”

  1. Ooh I think I’ve heard of this one but knew nothing about it. Fantastic review – it sounds like a really chilling premise and an intense read. One to keep my eyes open for, for sure.

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