Mystery/Thriller

Review: Little Darlings by Melanie Golding [ARC]

Disclaimer: I received an eARC copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


I’ve had this post in drafts for so long that it’s embarrassing, especially since I absolutely loved this book! But… better late than never, right?

My Review: Brilliantly Creepy

I think labeling this as a mystery/thriller is a misnomer because it isn’t what you would expect from that genre. However, this is a really unique story and I could not put it down!

The Pros: What Worked For Me

  • The focus on postpartum depression was done so well. I may not be a mother but I have seen women experiencing postpartum depression, and the way the author spoke on this topic was captured so well! I think it is important for everyone to understand the emotional turmoil that a woman can face after giving birth – so kudos to the author for bringing it to the forefront!
  • The atmospheric writing sold this book for me! It is lyrical and haunting and had me creeped out!
  • I love the incorporation of magical realism in this story. I don’t know much about Welsh folklore but it was so interesting!
  • Throughout the book, the author plays mind games with the reader: are the babies changelings or is this a product of the mother’s mental state? It’s an interesting question and I’m still wondering now!

The Cons: What I Didn’t Like

  • I didn’t care for the police procedural elements of the story. It just wasn’t done well and detracted from the more interesting parts of the story.

Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. It was a unique take on motherhood and touched on some topics that I felt were very important. Also, changelings are so cool and creepy!! If you haven’t checked this book out, do yourself a favour and grab it now!!

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