Little Darlings @MK_Golding

I believe in fairy tales
Hey diddle diddle
the cat and the filddle
and I believe in you….

39893197There are times when you read the synopsis for a book and you just know, just know, that it is going to be one of the best books you’ve read, knock your socks off, surprise you and stay with you long after the last page has ended. Little Darlings was exactly that book for me. It sounded like an adult noir fairy tale meets a Stephen King novel gone awry and I was right – it is all of that and so much more!

Lauren is has just given birth to twin boys whom she adores. It wasn’t an easy birth and she truly is terrified of raising the boys, having feelings of inadequacy and an inexplicable fear of “losing” the twins. These feelings are compounded when she sees what appears to be an old “crone” in her hospital room/ward who threatens to take away her boys and replace them with changelings. Lauren traps herself in the washroom and calls the police but before they arrive, the attendant on duty puts her back in bed and convinces everyone that it is just post-natal depression. Oh yes, the wonderful catch-all for everything that occurs after delivery. Once home, Laurens fears increase and soon she is unable to leave the house, has stopped bathing, does nothing except breastfeed the twins. Her husband, a narcissist useless boy-child, is no help at all and is, apparently having an affair or is he? Perhaps it’s all in everyone’s imagination. It becomes increasingly impossible to tell what is real or not, fantasy or fiction, fairy tale or reality. When the boys go missing for a short time, then found, Lauren is convinced the returned boys are the “changelings” and not her actual twins. Everyone, except the female cop who is investigating, thinks Lauren has gone mad and eventually she is placed in a sanatorium. Was that the goal that her husband had all along or is she really mad – or, maybe, the boys really are changelings.

Yes, Little Darlings is terrifying. It plays on every single, solitary fear that every mother ever has had: inadequacy, failure to care for their baby, post-natal depression, the “system” not believing you when you need them to, cheating spouses… you name it and this book covers it and amplifies it to the point that while I was reading I was doubting my own sanity! Yikes!

The things is, I love the old, really dark, horrifying fairy tales of the old world. They served a purpose and had meaning and were meant to educate people about the dark things lurking – in the forest, in the water, in the dark, wherever the danger was hiding. What was the danger that this Irish folk tale was warning Lauren of and was it valid? Hmmm…. you’ll have to pick up a copy of Little Darlings to see for yourself and, trust me, you will be so very glad that you did.

Watch out now, take care
Beware of the thoughts that linger
Winding up inside your head
The hopelessness around you
In the dead of night
Beware the darkness….
(George Harrison)

Thank you so incredibly much to Melanie Golding and @CrookedLaneBks for my copy of this new favorite book. I had the pleasure of reading it with #TheTravelingSisters book club but, you know me, I’m the red-headed step child who is always a day late and dollar short posting my reviews. Thank you!

 

 

 

26 thoughts on “Little Darlings @MK_Golding

    1. I’m so glad!! I hope you like it as much as I did! I cannot stop thinking about it. It was just so different and scary but in a really good way. I know that sounds weird, but it really was! I’ve read a lot of other terrific reviews about it so, for once, I’m not off in left field. LOL! I’ll be watching for your review!

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    1. Absolutely! This would make, and did make, the perfect book for a book club because there are so many hidden – or not so hidden – messages within the symbolism of the story line: the obvious post-natal depression, the good-for-nothing cheating husband, the female detective whose hands are tied because she has a female anatomy, the abuse at the sanatorium and whether they are used for punishment or treatment or even should be used at all…. And then there is the folk tale itself and how they have influenced our thinking. There are just too many things to think about and discuss which is probably why I can’t stop thinking about this book.

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    1. I haven’t noticed you reading a lot of really scary books Christopher. Do you like that genre? If so, have you read The Fourth Monkey by JD Barker? It was my favorite book of 2017. This one is great because it is spooky meets suspense combined with folklore – all of the things I like best! Oh, and with a healthy dose of mental instability thrown in for good measure which speaks to my own. ;0

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      1. I absolutely love scary books. I’m especially partial to those horror mass market paperbacks from the ‘70s and ‘80s from publishers like Zebra and Dell. I haven’t read The Fourth Monkey, but it looks awesome. Adding it to the list, which means I’ll get to it after I knock out some of my NetGalley backlog … I went on a requesting spree … again … and I downloaded Little Darlings since it was a Read Now 😂 I just can’t say no to spooky, suspenseful folklore!

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  1. Oh, fantastic!! I have this one and need to read it soon, well once I get all my Feb-April ARCS read, LOL! But I definitely want to read it sooner rather than later after reading your review! It sounds exactly like my kind of book! Excellent review.

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    1. I don’t read a lot of “horror” or really creepy books but I just finished CJ Tudor’s newest one, The Hiding Place. Have you read it yet? I really liked it as well and it has just the right amount of horror for me, but not too much. No nightmares – at least not yet. LOL!

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