It’s US publication day for Melanie Golding’s debut psychological thriller, Little Darlings.

Published by Crooked Lane, the novel is a chilling exploration into the effects of Postnatal Depression and the early days of motherhood.

In the lead up to publication, Melanie has received no less than three starred reviews from BooklistForeward Reviews and Kirkus. Kirkus called it “A gorgeous, creepy, modern fairy tale reminiscent of Angela Carter”, while Booklist said: “Golding beautifully blends the supernatural with the everyday, keeping readers riveted to the page as they question what is true”

Melanie made a video in the lead up to the Little Darlings US publication:

Little Darlings follows Lauren, and her struggle to come to terms with becoming a mother to her twins…

THE TWINS ARE CRYING.

THE TWINS ARE HUNGRY.

 LAUREN IS CRYING.

LAUREN IS EXHAUSTED.

 Behind the hospital curtain, someone is waiting . . .

After a traumatic birth, Lauren is alone on the maternity ward with her newborn twins. Her husband has gone home. The nurses are doing their rounds. She can’t stop thinking about every danger her babies now face. But all new mothers think like that. Don’t they?

A terrifying encounter in the middle of the night leaves Lauren convinced someone or something is trying to steal her children. But with every step she takes to keep her babies safe, Lauren sinks deeper and deeper into paranoia and fear.

From the stark loneliness of returning home after birth, to the confines of a psychiatric unit, Lauren’s desperation increases as no one will listen to her.

But here’s the question: is she mad, or does she know something we don’t?

Melanie has also received brilliant endorsements from well-known writers:

“Chilling story, beautiful prose. Little Darlings is stunning.” Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go and Come a Little Closer

“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 every shadow for what you hope isn’t really there.” Megan Hart, New York Times bestselling author of All the Lies We Tell

‘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 watch out for in 2019. A brilliant, heart-pounding read.’ Lisa Hall, author of Between You and Me

“Dark, richly evocative, tense and thought-provoking. Taps into every woman’s fear that she will not be believed” Mel McGrath, author of Give Me the Child

Little Darlings has been optioned for screen by Free Range Films, the team behind the adaptation of My Cousin Rachel. To date, it has sold into eight foreign territories.

Melanie Golding is a graduate of the MA in the creative writing program at Bath Spa University, with distinction. She has been employed in many occupations including farm hand, factory worker, childminder and music teacher. Throughout all this, because and in spite of it, there was always the writing. In recent years she has won and been shortlisted in several local and national short story competitions.