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  • Edge of your seat creepy

    Whoa! Talk about a creepy read! This book kept me on the edge the whole time with its dark undertones and uncertainty of what was going on and what was going to happen. I couldn’t put it down! After having a difficult time giving birth to her twin sons, Lauren is left helpless and lost even as she lays in the hospital. When the unseen woman in the bed next to her sings to her own twins and the sounds of feeding change into something dark and disturbing, Lauren finally manages to check it out. What she stumbles across is the thing of nightmares and when her own babies are suddenly in danger Lauren’s protective instincts rise to hysterical proportions. Harper is walking a fine edge as a detective in the local precinct. Nevertheless, she checks out the call from the previous night that was placed by a patient on the maternity ward. Her own past leads her further into an investigation that was marked off as a mental health issue. Neither woman knows that both of their lives will be irrevocably changed and that Lauren’s very state of mind will be called into question as the mystery deepens. With fairytales and folklore as a backdrop, this story begins and ends with scary uncertainty and dark, unspoken mysteries. The author presents Lauren as a mother who initially doesn’t feel anything for her newborn babies and how, or if, those instinctive reactions will ever arise. Despite her initial need to protect her children, the questions remain throughout the story and my mind ran in circles as to what was really happening. I’m not sure if I’ve ever read anything that left me feeling so totally creeped out. I love when a book can affect me in such a way. I’ve read Stephen King novels that didn’t leave me feeling the way certain parts of this story did. For a debut novel, this is so very well written and moved with an incredible speed that kept me engaged throughout its entirety. Although it ends with a finality, it’s not wrapped up neat and tidy. Life is uncertain and there were a few characters that I wanted to have a black and white ending and that wasn’t the case…which was actually perfect for this story. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • Haunting and Hair-Raising

    This story was equal parts horrifying and gripping. I don’t typically read anything horror because I’m a bit of a scaredy-cat, but the Grimm element of the story intrigued me so I decided to give it a go. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. Even in spite of my fear, I knew I had to continue to see where the story led. The atmospheric writing creates an unforgettable tale, one that is sure to make the hair on the back of one’s neck stand up. The characters were a definite highlight, each unique and clearly fleshed out. It was easy to become attached to both Lauren and Harper. I loved every second of getting to follow their individual paths as they became intertwined in the same mystery. I would say this book is a definite must-read, especially if you’re a fan of all things Grimm and horror. I hear there is going to be a motion-picture in the future so I definitely look forward to that! P.S. You probably don’t want to read this if you’re pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or have recently had a child. I know that if I was any of the three previously mentioned, I likely would have a hard attack reading this book.

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  • Will pull you in

    4.25 stars At first I would like to thank Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Young Mother Lauren Tranter has just given birth to two perfect twin boys Morgan and Riley. She wants to be thrilled, overjoyed by having given birth to these beautiful boys but she is really just overwhelmed, exhausted and over all miserable. One night in the hospital Lauren Lauren catches a woman trying to exchange her own children with Lauren's. "It's only fair" she says. Lauren immediately calls 999 and though the hospital reports Lauren is having metal issue. However, Detective Harper believes that there is something wrong going on and that Lauren is not crazy. One month later Lauren's babies disappear and when they are recovered Lauren denies that they are her sons. They may look like them but they are not her baby boys. Lauren embarks on a journey to find her real sons and she faces some of the most frightening things you can imagine. I wanted this to be a 5 star book but in the end it was a respectable 4.25 for me. This was a spooky,fun and creepy novel. I am not sure if this is really a full on mystery. It really reads as a horror, fairy tale with a mystery attached. Well written with strong female characters, this is a novel that will certainly lure you in and keep you interested but it just felt like it was missing something for me.

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  • Dark modern fairy tale

    Little Darlings seamlessly blends a dark fairy tale world into modern day. But the supernatural aren't the only things to be afraid of in this book, humans can be just as bad. Lauren's husband, oh my. Everyone in this book has they're own hangups and you can't trust any of the narrators to be reliable. Is it really supernatural or is Lauren crazy or suffering from postpartum depression? Who can be trusted? Even the reader will doubt Lauren's sanity. It's a gripping story absolutely worth the read that plays on primal parental fears.

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  • Chilling, twisted read!

    Wow is how I am going to describe this book. It is a chilling, twisting story of a new mom, Lauren Tranter, who is convinced her newborn twin sons have been switched by a swamp woman that only she can see. This isn't my usual genre but I really enjoyed this book. It is kind of a mix of fantasy, fairy tale with a little sci-fi mixed it. This is very well written and I really enjoyed it. I immediately disliked Lauren's husband, Patrick, as he was a real piece of work. I really liked DS Joanna Harper and her role in this book. Great story line and a really great read! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC of this fantastic book in exchange for an honest review.

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