Release date: April 30, 2019
Publisher: Crooked Lane
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 our darkest fairy tales, Little Darlings will have you checking―and rechecking―your own little ones. Just to be sure. Just to be safe.
I’m usually not big on fairy tale retellings or books with a supernatural twist but the premise of this one just sounded too good to pass up and I’m so glad I gave it a chance! This was a dark read with a super creepy tone and a spooky atmosphere that gave me the shivers.
Lauren is the ultimate unreliable narrator, I was never quite sure if she was just a new mom suffering from some sort of post partum psychosis or if she was truly living some kind of bizarre, scary fairytale. Even she questions her own thoughts and feelings so it was difficult to pinpoint what was actually going on and it was also very entertaining. Add in mounting suspense that just got more intense as the story progressed and I was hooked. Harper, the police officer working the case also offers a POV and I liked the police procedural vibe this aspect brought as well.
This was a truly unique read, a real page turner that got under my skin and scared the daylights out of me at times. Recommended if you want something different and don’t mind a hint of the supernatural.
Little Darlings in three words: Unsettling, Menacing and Dark.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.