Published by Crooked Lane Books on April 30, 2019
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
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Lauren’s hopes and dreams of being a new mom are shattered when she encounters a mother’s worst nightmare—someone is threatening to take her children if she leaves them alone. Everyone, from her doctor to her husband, thinks she’s imagining things. From the stark loneliness of returning home after giving birth to the confines of a psychiatric unit, Lauren’s desperation increases as no one will listen to her. Is she mad, or does she know something we don’t?
Loosely inspired by the ghostly folktale “The Brewery of Eggshells,” and giving us a modern take on the idea of changelings, Little Darlings is a taut, gripping read. It reminds us that folk tales do not spring from whimsy; they warn us and teach us, and speak to the fear in us all . . .
You know you’re reading a good book when you just can’t seem to put it down even when you actually need to. That’s what happened to me while reading this book. I actually put off important tasks just to finish reading this thrilling and dark tale. The book started slow but as soon as I got to the interesting part, I couldn’t help but keep on reading. It was like a point of no return for me. What I really liked about it is that I’m always guessing whether what happened is a paranormal event, a psychological one or is it a crime? I really liked that because uncertainty is an important component of a thriller.
Another strength of this book are the characters, especially the main character Lauren. Her mind is something that I want to explore – so honest and raw. Patrick, her husband, is super annoying. I wanted to throw my phone at him. But I guess his behavior is vital to the plot. Jo Harper is another interesting character. These characters actually shaped the plot well. Well-developed characters can really make or break a book for me and well, in this case, made!
One thing that I don’t like about this book is the ending. I was waiting for a solid conclusion which I didn’t get. I think the purpose of the ending is to keep the readers thinking. I understand that but I was looking for closure.
Overall, I think that this book is a great thriller -the kind that haunts you after. I highly recommend for fans of thriller and horror. This is also a good read for those that are fond of dark fairy tales and folklore. This is a perfect halloween read for next year. I, however, discourage mothers to read this because this is sure to give you some anxiety.