“Mother knows best” takes on a sinister new meaning in this unsettling thriller perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman and Grimms’ Fairy Tales.
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.
I’ve been a fan of Grimm Fairytales since my birth. My mom used to read stories to me and when I was able to read, I’d gladly pick up a copy of Grimm and read for myself. Although Grimm Fairytales were horrifyingly gruesome stories, there was always a lesson to be learned, and Little Darlings definitely demonstrated that well.
Lauren and Patrick Tranter were pregnant with twins. Morgan and Riley were born just mere minutes apart. Giving birth is hard enough, but it was double for poor Lauren. To say she was exhausted was truly an understatement. She fell in love with her boys from the moment they were introduced to her. She never knew there was a love you could feel so strongly until her sons were born.
One night while lying comfortably with her twins under each arm, an intruder found her way into the maternity ward and threatened to take Lauren’s twins from her. What in the world is going on here? How did this woman get into her room? Where was hospital security? Why did this woman wrap her grimy hands around her wrist and try to get Lauren to listen to what she had to say? She’d gladly take Morgan and Riley off her hands and swap them for her twin boys. What planet was this woman from? Why would Lauren give up her sons to this horrible woman. Somehow, Lauren managed to get away from the woman and lock herself in the bathroom. She called the police and needless to say, the hospital was up in arms trying to figure out how this woman got into Mrs. Tranter’s room.
Eventually, Patrick came to take Lauren and his boys home. Lauren was so tired. She needed to sleep, but that wasn’t to come right away. She had two small babies that needed her. Every time she wanted to rest, the twins began crying and she started breastfeeding. At this time, the police investigation chocked up the fiasco at the hospital as a figment of Lauren’s imagination, or was it? The CCTV certainly captured something on video, so why is it Lauren knew something happened, but not one person believed her—that is, until she met the detective that originally answered her first call at the hospital.
Something happened at the hospital alright, but what? Lauren was placed in a mental facility to help her get better, and the better Lauren was supposed to get, the stranger the story got.
This was one of the most sick and twisted stories I’ve read in quite a long time. I gobbled this story up like a Thanksgiving meal. I couldn’t get enough! How much did I love this story you ask? I sacrificed my work sleep to finish it. There was so much excitement and mystery, I just had to find out what the hell was going on? And that, folks, is where things went south for me. Shocking, eh, you might say? Yes, the ending left me asking more questions and didn’t satisfy all the buildup of the story. How can a book be this damn good and then leave me hanging in the end?
Sadly, this book brought back a bad bitter taste of a story I read a few years ago called Gone Girl. I read that book in two days, only to get to the end and I literally threw my Kindle across the room. I was close to doing that with this book. I mulled over this story through the night to the point I couldn’t sleep because I had no idea how I should feel about this story? So, I went with my gut. The frustration I felt last night was still lingering early this morning, so what I’m writing now, is how I still feel. Outstanding book with a sort of let-down ending. Umm, I was not happy at all. Anyhoo, I reread the last six pages to make absolutely sure I didn’t miss anything in my hunger for reading last night, and um, nope, I missed nothing!
Ok, so, this is a damn good book, readers, that you could potentially read in a day or two and gobble up the words, and then the last six pages may leave you scratching one’s head. Hmm?
The Sexy Nerd 'Revue' gives Little Darlings four Grimm nods! Happy Reading!