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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 new-born twins when a terrifying encounter in the middle of the night leaves her convinced someone is trying to steal her children. Lauren, desperate with fear, locks herself and her sons in the bathroom until the police arrive to investigate.
But there's nothing on the CCTV. No one remembers seeing a woman come close to Lauren, or her babies. They don't believe anyone was ever there.
And yet, Lauren keeps seeing the woman and is convinced her babies are in danger. With every step she takes to keep her children safe, Lauren sinks 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?
About the Author
Melanie Golding is a recent graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, with distinction. Her short stories have been chosen to be recorded as podcasts by the Leicester-based festival Story City in 2015 and 2016, and to be performed at both the regular Stroud Short Stories event and their special 'best of' event at Cheltenham Literature Festival. In 2017 she won the short story prize at the Mid Somerset Festival, as well as the Evelyn Sanford trophy for highest mark in the prose class.
She has taught creative writing in prisons and Young Offenders Institutions, as well as teaching music in a school for boys with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. She is now a full-time registered childminder and splits her time between that and writing. Little Darlings is her debut novel and has been optioned for screen by Free Range Films, the team behind the adaptation of My Cousin Rachel.
‘Chilling story…stunning' Clare Mackintosh
‘Taps into every woman's fear that she will not be believed' Mel McGrath, author of The Guilty Party
‘Deep. Dark. Utterly addictive…you can't unread this story. It will haunt you' Teresa Driscoll, author of The Friend
ISBN: 9780008293680 ISBN-10: 0008293686 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 336 Published: 15th April 2019 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.35