Melanie Golding’s fabulous thriller, Little Darlings, is published in paperback in the UK today by HarperCollins / HQ.

Since hardback publication, the novel has gone from strength to strength.

In 2019, it was selected by Apple for their Best Debuts of the Year, won the award for Best Horror Novel at the DragonCon ceremony (as announced by Chelsey Quinn Yarbro), was longlisted for the “Not the Booker” Prize, reached No. 1 in the Apple Book Charts, and received three starred reviews.

It also received a fabulous write up in the New York Times, who called it “Unforgettable . . . One suspects that the real sorceress here is Golding, whose writing has given a voice to every wronged mother.

And only last month, the novel reached the bestseller category in both the Kindle Store (No. 37) and on Apple Books (No. 21).

The novel has also been optioned for screen by Free Range Films, the production company behind the hit feature length film, My Cousin Rachel.

Loosely inspired by the ghostly folktale The Brewery of Eggshells, where a mother becomes convinced her twins are in danger, Little Darlings offers a fresh perspective on modern motherhood, postnatal psychosis and the roles women play…

Behind the hospital curtain, someone is waiting . . .

After a traumatic birth, Lauren is alone on the maternity ward with her newborn twins. Her husband has gone home. The nurses are doing their rounds. She can’t stop thinking about every danger her babies now face. But all new mothers think like that.

Don’t they?

A terrifying encounter in the middle of the night leaves Lauren convinced someone or something is trying to steal her children. But with every step she takes to keep her babies safe, Lauren sinks deeper and 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?

Melanie Golding is a graduate of the MA in creative writing program at Bath Spa University, with distinction. She has been employed in many occupations including farm hand, factory worker, childminder and music teacher. Throughout all this, because and in spite of it, there was always the writing. In recent years she has won and been shortlisted in several local and national short story competitions. Little Darlings is her first novel.