When a small child is found wandering alone, the local shopkeepers call the authorities immediately. Twenty minutes later, the girl’s mother turns up, panicked and distraught. It doesn’t take long to clear things up, and mother and daughter are soon reunited and sent on their way.
Miles away, the body of a man is discovered, floating in a bathtub, but the most surprising discovery of all is that he isn’t dead. Despite his injuries, he is very much alive.
Two seemingly unrelated events. But as DS Harper begins to investigate, disturbing truths start to come to light that connect the man to the mother and child, and suddenly it’s not clear where the danger truly lies. Harper must find out, and quickly. Because someone, or something, is closing in and she needs to uncover the truth before it’s too late…
Weaving together the trademark folklore inspiration that readers loved in Little Darlings, with the procedural narrative force of a brilliant mystery, this is the excellent and unnerving new novel from Melanie Golding.View book
Press and Reviews
“A story that is in turn enthralling, creepy and downright sinister, Melanie Golding turns fairy tales on their heads in Little Darlings, making this one to…”
“Riveting, terrifying and at times heart-breaking, Little Darlings had me tip-toeing through my dark house at night to check on the children. Melanie Golding’s disturbing portrait…”
“Deep. Dark. Utterly addictive. I read this extraordinary book in one, breathless gulp. It touched me so deeply, it felt almost dangerous. At times I simply…”
“Chilling story, beautiful prose. Little Darlings is stunning”
“I love this book! Compelling from the first page to the very last, Golding took me by the hand and pulled me softly but persistently through…”
“Dark, compelling and terrifyingly relatable, Little Darlings takes every parent’s worst fear and deftly twists it into something even more horrific. It will have you checking…”
“Viscerally creepy and compelling - a contemporary dark fairy tale that reeled me in like tales of old.”
“Dark, richly evocative, tense and thought-provoking. Taps into every woman's fear that she will not be believed”
“Ingenious, chilling, and completely absorbing, Little Darlings is destined to be the hit of 2019. The scariest book I have read in many years.”
“Melanie Golding tells the truth about motherhood like no other writer since Sylvia Plath. Rich and satisfying, this is part who-done-it, part fairy tale, part psychological…”