Little Darlings by Melanie Golding, 3 Stars

How is it that they have not re-made Rosemary’s Baby? Which is what I was going to ask because I don’t remember a re-make. But when I googled it, it appears there was a 4-hour mini-series re-make in 2014 starring Zoe Saldana. However, it appears to have received lackluster reviews so let’s ignore it.

Rosemary’s Baby, made in 1968, starring Mia Farrow is such a harrowing film. You must watch it if you haven’t seen it. Yes, the cinematography dates it and the special effects, well, those are dated too. But it’s such an amazing classic tale. And it would be hard to top with a new version.

Little Darlings, by Melanie Golding, is a similar type of story. It explores an old Irish fable and retells the story for modern-day. And apparently, they are making a movie of this one, I can’t wait! I loved the premise…so let’s get to it!

From the Publisher:

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.

My Review:

I loved the premise of Little Darlings. It’s just so creepy. As a mom myself, I can’t imagine the horror of waking in the middle of the night in the hospital to someone in the next bed who shouldn’t be there. And a swamp woman at that with two babies that are anything but human.

And I love the idea of a re-telling of a fable and translating it to modern day. For these reasons, I’m sad to say that although I loved everything I read about the book, I didn’t love the book quite as much.

Lauren is believable as a new mom in the book, although her relationship with her husband takes a bit of a 180 during the book and I wasn’t sure exactly how much of that played a role in the plot. Except maybe to show that she is completely along and close to nobody believes her when she thinks something is wrong with her new babies.

For me, the book started out slowly. I had to return to the book several times to really get into it. And even then I found my mind wandering a bit. I wanted to know more about the town underneath the river in town. I wanted to know more about the fable, and I wanted more of that in the story.

Anyways, this one has been getting amazing reviews, and got amazing blurbs from other authors. I appear to be in the minority of readers who didn’t love it. If it sounds up your alley, check it out!

Special thanks to Crooked Lane Books and Netgalley for an e-galley in exchange for my honest review. This one is out April 30, pre-order your copy!


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