When new mother of twins Lauren is woken in the middle of the night, she hears unusual noises from the bed alongside hers in the maternity ward. In that half-awake, half-asleep state new mums find themselves in, she thinks there’s a new arrival in the ward … another mother, apparently also with a set of twins. In and out of sleep she’s not sure what’s a dream and what’s not but she’s convinced someone is trying to steal her children, and she locks herself and her babies in the bathroom until the police arrive. The next morning, DS Joanna Harper picks up the list of overnight incidents that have been reported, and sees one is of an attempted abduction – but it’s been flagged as a false alarm. She’s told there’s no case, but Harper feels something’s not right, so visits the hospital anyway. She discovers no-one believes Lauren … but Lauren, and soon Harper, are convinced the twins are in real danger. Little Darlings by Melanie Golding is a haunting, unputdownable read. Scary stuff! HarperCollins, R305
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