[ BOOK Little Darlings ] Ø Melanie Golding – friendship–circle.co.uk
Let me begin this review with saying that I have absolutely no business reviewing an ARC that doesn t even Satans Fall publish until April 2019 when I have so many ARC sending soon or better yet the ones I m behind on BUT the synopsis for this is beyond intriguing and it s October when it s time for all things creepy and spooky and this one seemed a Collected Stories perfect choice for the season And I was right it does happen once in awhile Whoa Little Darlings was an absolute delight to read The child is not mine as the first was I cannot sing it to rest I cannot lift it up fatherly and bliss it upon my breast Yet it lies in my little one s cradle And sits in my little one s chair And the light of the heaven she s gone to tran Little Darlings is eerily delightful from start to finishLauren Tranter has just become a first time mother of twin boys Riley and Morgan While still in hospital she begins to struggle with this new role A terrible hemorrhageost birth Reassuring Tales provided an additional trauma and now she finds herself in constantain alone and uestioning her ability to handle motherhood Making matters worse one night an intruder breaks into her room a very scary ragged looking woman tries to take her babies to exchange them with her own evil little mo 3455 Full review on my Blog The Dacian She Wolf Thanks NetGalley and the The Cat Who Walked Across France publisher for a free electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review megets the blankie and stuffed lion let the horror begin 25% reading laterme okaywhat about a spook then the final half of the bookme hugs tight Leo the stuffed lion shh my baby I won t let that scary unshowered woman take you away from meWhen I started this book I had very high hopes which is strange because I ve learned not to have high hopes in life only and just only I have something I canut my finger on The synopsis had me just like that The reviews had me just like that And there I was standing at 25% of the book and expecting something Okay yeah I get it I shouldn t expect the good shit from only 25% which is like how much anyway 76 ages but to be honest I am in a oint in my life when I don t need slow readings any I feel murdered I know I am being absurd but I WANTED WHAT MY SYNOPSIS PROMISED And I wanted it on the spotBut after Tokyo Encounter patiently reading on man it might ve been a click somewhere because there were severalassages when I actually felt a shiver down my spine and I thought oh well my girl this is it it s going down and also maybe because I was reading those Wirtschaftsgesetze, 35. Auflage: IDW Textausgabe passages at 130 in the middle of the night in general but oh well Why have I felt the urge to read this bookThe synopsis spoke to my inner child Yeah you ve heard meAs a child I was always fascinated by fairy tales and by that I don t mean the Disney ish stories that some kids are spoon fed but the real folkloric tales as they are told from generation to generation from mouth to mouth so to say I remember that once when I was about six or seven or so I found a very old looking book through my aunt s things It was a big book with a hardcover and someretty drawings of a beautiful fairy or a rincess with a very long blonde hair and a long dress and a cute crown on her head The book was full of animated fairy tales so real that one could believe in them I was fascinated by that book I still want to ask my aunt if she still has it It was a treasure for a child like me back then I read it from cover to cover without breathing
IT WAS MARVELLOUS THOSE STORIES IN THAT BOOK WERE was marvellous Those stories in that book were tales as well as tales from different folklores around the world They were so vivid so real so alpable that you could feel yourself being dragged between the ages Also they were brutally honest And I loved it And where did this go Well I am a bit twisted like a creeper who enjoys weird stories but this is my nature now I go to sleep just fine every night After all I am Romanian We love our tales rawNow knowing all that about me how can a book like that not
intrigue me Honestly the little girl with the big colourful fairy me Honestly the little girl with the big colourful fairy book just started jumping up and downThe book is very imaginative in a very common way Yes there are tons and tons of retellings about great stories but I don t think many eople thought of the idea of retelling some gruesome folkloric tales The main idea of the book is based on the European myth of the Changeling an evil fairy who abducts babies and leaves in their Dear Black Boy place its own creatures about that hereAn excellent book to chill your blood through your veins and to activate youraranoid antennas Little Darlings by Melanie Golding is a very well documented and well written gruesome tale in the real world Mother Knows BestLauren Tranter has just given birth to twin boys Morgan and Riley Naturally she is exhausted and in need of sleep But she knows what she saw in her room in the maternity ward a woman attempting to take her twins and replace them with her own it s only fair However when hospital security and the Tote Sprache: Cartoons auf Latein police arrive they find no evidence of theossible kidnapper Further no one believes Lauren but Detective Harper a ALPHA MEN EROTICA BUNDLE (4 BOOKS COLLECTION) (4 BOOKS COLLECTION): Adult Taboo Romance Erotic Sex Story (Billionaire Dominant, Kinky Fetish and Disobedient Submissive Book 2) police officer feels that there might be something to Lauren s storyLauren continues to feel unease and doesn t want to leave her home Her mission is torotect her babies On a rare outing to the The Professional Victims Handbook park the twins disappear from her side and once found Lauren is convinced that something is not right and Lauren declares these are not my Have you ever found yourself writing a review for a book that you didn tarticularly enjoy but found important andor necessary Little Darlings was just that read for me and if you ll bear with me I ll do my best in unpacking these complicated feelings I have below The child is not mine as the first wasI cannot sing it to restI cannot lift it up fatherlyAnd bliss it upon my breastYet it lies in my little one s cradleAnd it sits in my little one s chairAnd the light of the heaven she s gone toTransfigures its golden hair From The Changeling by James Russell LowellI feel the need to say up front that my review will be covering this book from two standpoints 1 as a genre read and 2 as a fictional exposition and dare I say allegory of Nightmares Angels postpartum depressionanxiety and the overall grief some new mothers find themselves enduring as they enter this new stage of life I m going to tackle the less glowing of the two first and save what I “Mother knows best” takes on a sinister new meaning in this unsettling thrillererfect for fans of Neil Gaiman and Grimms’ Fairy TalesEveryone says Lauren Tranter is exhausted that she needs rest And they’re right; with newborn twins Morgan and Riley she’s never been 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 .
Ound empowering for the grand finale As a mysterythrillerhorrorwhatever genre you want to market this as I found it ok My intense love of all things involving Welsh folklore should have sealed this as a 5 star read but I think my expectations were not on ar for what this book is meant to offer That s not a bad thing just simply a form of miscommunication and overeagerness on this reader s Whence the Black Irish of Jamaica? part Obviously and keeping this spoiler free you are made aware that Little Darlings is considered aaranormal thriller due to the Rich Men, Single Women plot engaging in a tango of have Lauren s babies been swapped with changelings or is she suffering some form ofostpartum Twice Retired psychosis I think the reason I was a little let down in this aspect is due to a number of influences Could it be that because I have read so many incredible mysteries lately indulging in Welsh folklore that I m oversaturated at the moment Could it be that I ve just read so many mysteries that I ve come to demand an unfair level of confound me dammit in my reads It s uiteossible I m clearly in the minority that I found the Ten Twentieth-Century Poets pacing to be slow and drawn out and that could be because ofoint two She was still waiting for the rush of love That one you feel all at once the second they re born like nothing you ve ever experienced before The rush of love that In the Days of the Comet Seventeen Short Stories (Works of H.G. Wells 10) people with children always go on about She d been looking forward to it It worried her that she hadn t felt it yetNow to theart I ve been itching to write about This is a bloody well done depiction albeit fictional of the terrifying and lonely spiral into PPD As someone who has suffered twice with PPDPPA I found Golding s writing and comparisons to be so spot on it was as if she had crawled into my brain and taken my greatest fears and weaknesses and Period Power put them onaper I m in awe of how accurately she Biblical Standard for Evangelists portrayed this mental battle and wondered as I read if she herself had suffered with this or was close to someone who had in theast That said it was a difficult read that had me fighting to block out some of those horrible memories I think it s worth noting that this may be a triggering read for others who have suffered with PPD and you may want to assure you re in the Until Again proper mental state before devouring this novel I have a huge respect for the author in bringing attention to a disorder that while common and affecting numerous women each year is still considered very taboo and kept uiet This is an important read and a story that needed to be written and for that fact alone I hope this novel gets the worldwide attention and success that it deserves Many thanks to theublisher for Jesus Calling providing my review copy Five Creepy StarsLaura Tranter just had newborn twins She named them Morgan and Riley She is exhausted and needs a lot of rest The night in the hospital room a woman tried to take her babies and replace them with her owncreatures Eek When she tells everyone what happened no one believes her They think that she is just imagining things and needs lot of rest Harper was aolice officer on the case Compulsively creepy and inspired by some of our darkest fairy tales Each chapter starts with a Ebeles Favourite passage from dark folklore Is Lauren imagining all of this or is the supernatural real How torotect your child 1 Placing a key next to an infant will revent him from being exchanged2 Woman may never be left alone during the first six weeks following childbirth for the devil then has ower over them3 During the first six weeks following childbirth mothers may not go to sleep until someone has come to watch the child If mothers are overcome by sleep changelings are often laid in the cradleJacob GrimmEEK I loved this book and it was so creepy good I love dark fairytales I couldn t believe this was a debut novel I was immediately drawn into the story and my eyes were glued to
pages This was a fast aced read with lots of This was a very fast aced read with lots of and was so intriguing The supernatural was so creepy This one will definitely be a memorable story This book is so different and I have not read a book like this before Its a nightmare but not scary Its such an addicting read The ending was cleverly done and that s why I gave it 5 stars This author has a great imagination and I hope she has another book coming out soonThe characters were fully developed I really loved Lauren s character I felt so sorry for her and my heart went out to her I didn t like Patrick He didn t seem to be concerned at all I thought he was a terrible husbandThis was a Traveling Sister Read and we all enjoyed itI want to thank Edelweiss Crooked Lane Books and the author for the copy of this book in exchange for for an honest review How could her brain conjure something that seemed so real something laden with so much horrifying detail and yet there be nothing at all This book is seriously creepy creative and sad I think it s a bit misleading that it has found its way to the mysterythriller section when it is mostly a contemporary with elements or suggestions of magical realism But either way it s a moving frightening Beading on a Loom psychologicalortrait of new motherhood set in the Peak DistrictLittle Darlings is inspired by the Welsh fairy tale A Brewery of Eggshells about a woman with newborn twins who are swapped with changelings Lauren Tranter has just given birth to two beautiful twin boys who uickly become her whole world When a disheveled woman appears on the maternity ward and threatens to swap them with her own sons she is rightfully terrified and will do anything to Nights of the Round Table protect her babiesLauren is tired and stressed like all new mothers but she knows the woman is real Even though the doctors and theolice and her husband keep telling her that she is seeing things that she needs help she knows the truth When her babies go missing one day a frantic search begins and they are uickly found seemingly unharmed But Lauren knows the truth about that too these babies are not the children she lostEveryone wants to dismiss her as mentally ill except Detective Sergeant Joanna Harper who has her own reasons for believing Lauren Against the wishes of her superiors Harper opens her own investigation into what really happenedI think the Introduction to Modern Information Retrieval policerocedural aspects are the weakest When Miss Gangster Meets Her Match part of the novel Little Darlings is at its strongest when hovering somewhere between aortrait of Aliens Among Us postpartum depression and a dark sinister fairy tale Ith her owncreatures Yet when theolice arrived they saw no one Everyone from her doctor to her husband thinks she’s imagining thingsA month True Paradise passes And one bright summer morning the babies disappear from Lauren’s side in aark 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 cel. Can speak from experience when I say depression can be terrifying And just like in this novel you can never uite be sure what is a legitimate feeling and what is an exaggerated response brought on by your mental state these two often overlapAfter the birth of my first child I found myself crying uncontrollably I was exhausted confused and afraid of absolutely everything On top of the hormonal crash that comes after giving birth for most eople there s also the ure terror of being wholly responsible for someone else s wellbeing for the first time in your life Unless you were reviously a carer the emotional shift that comes with knowing the responsibility falls entirely on you changes you beyond beliefI think this book captures all that Maybe the woman is real and this is a dark fairy tale and maybe she is not and this is just a book about a woman struggling with mental illness But it actually doesn t matter that much The fear of getting it wrong messing up of losing your baby of not being a good mother all of that is very real either way I found it highly effectiveCW DepressionBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube yes breakups hurt but have you ever been enjoying reading a book until the ending completely ruined it for you FANTASTIC HALLOWEEN READWell this one is going to be difficult to write I would have to classify this as a sychological thriller with the addition of folklore or the supernatural At any rate it was a truly creepy turn the Jonathan Visits the White House pages uickly read While at first I thought it would be something that wouldn t be believable by the first third of the book I was truly scared at what the outcome of this story would beAs a mom of four I remember the sleep deprived feelings forgetting what day it even is never having time for a shower or to read even a magazine or newspaper and the constant needs of a newborn I can t even imagine the exhaustion of this new mother of twinsThe story begins shortly after a very traumatic delivery of twin boys to Lauren Tranter During her hospitalization Lauren is sure that she sees and hears a dirty rag covered woman showing her a basket of what looked like baby rats and singing an unusual song After a bit of talk the woman says Let s deal Let s change one for another Give me one of yours and I ll take care of it You have one of mine and treat it like your own The woman grasps Lauren s arm and she struggles to get away Choose one said the woman choose one of I ll take them both You ll never know the difference I can make sure they look just the same What could be horrific she grabs the twins trolley and locks herself in the bathroom and calls theolice The hospital security and olice arrive only to find just a very scared woman locked in the bathroom with her babiesWell that is the set up for the rest of the story which I found to be engrossing No one believes Lauren they just chalk it up to exhaustion and sleep deprivation lus the difficult delivery and medications After she returns home she refuses to leave the babies alone for even a few minutes Finally her husband urges her to go outside She is finally out in the Από τη Μήδεια στη Σταχτοπούτα, Η ιστορία του φαλλού park with the babies and falls asleep on a bench only to have someone or something take the twins When they are found and returned to her she is certain that they are not her babies but something other sinister a changelingerhapsThere is only one This Poison Will Remain person DS Jo Harper who believes her and even goes so far as to look up the history of the small town and folklore attached to another incident which sounds a lot like what is happening to Lauren To uote theublisher of Crooked Lane Books I bet you ll delight in this sinister supernatural thriller that challenges our understanding of modern motherhood and the myths that shape our lives Folktales do not spring from whimsy they serve as a warning I had so many ideas of what was truly happening who was behind the kidnapping etc but in the end I was wrong At least I think I was wrong because the ending
LEAVES ONE GUESSINGIT S AMAZING THAT THIS IS A one guessingIt s amazing that this is a novel While thinking about this book again and realizing how much of the story has stuck with me over the last few days I ve decided to change my rating to 4 rounded up to a 5 This was a Traveling Sister read with Mary Beth and HeidiI received an ARC of this novel from the What Red Was publisher through Edelweiss Oh boy this was one scary scenario With echoes of Grimms Fairy Tales Little Darlings willrobably give you sleepless nights along with the rotagonistIt s the wee small hours of the morning on the maternity ward and even though she s exhausted Lauren Tranter lies awake already worrying about the responsibility of looking after her newborn twins Riley and Morgan like any new mum she has concerns about her new role in life keeping these little ones safe and well Little does she know that her role as guardian will be challenged that very night when she encounters a dirty smelly disheveled woman who attempts to steal her
Lauren is that she wasn t dreaming and slowly but surely she enters a nightmare world where she tries to impress on those around her that her children are in danger but no one believes her not even her husband PatrickAfter a anicked Infernal Dictionary Deluxe Edition phone call from Lauren to theolice reporting the attempted abduction hospital security guards are soon on the scene but find Lauren locked in the bathroom with her babies and no sign of an intruder She couldn t have imagined it could sheEventually the case comes to the attention of Detective Jo Harper who starts to see some truth in what Lauren is saying but this won t be an easy case to crack venturing off as it does into the realms of the supernaturalThis was a well written though unsettling read as it relies heavily on folklore and fairy tales of the darker kind The author did an excellent job of Bent Over Screaming (Slave to the Desk Book 1) portraying aost natal woman on the edge very little sleep a husband who shows no inclination to share responsibilities and appears to care little about her well being Add to that her fear that someone is out to steal her babies and it s not difficult to feel deep empathy with her Though there was something of a slow start it soon Life by Committee picks upace and let me just saybabies lauren is
It Doesn T Getdoesn t get creepier than this Not something I m likely to forget in a hurry Thank you to Netgalley and H for my ARC I have given an honest unbiased review in exchange. Ebrates their return Lauren begins to scream These are not my babiesDetermined to bring her true infant sons home Lauren will risk the unthinkable But if she’s wrong about what she sawshe’ll be making the biggest mistake of her lifeCompulsive creepy and inspired by some our darkest fairy tales Little Darlings will have you checking―and rechecking―your own little ones Just to be sure Just to be sa. .