I recently received a copy of this book from Netgalley, the synopsis instantly had me intrigued and I am so happy I was able to read this book early because I loved it. Keep reading to find out why…
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.
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.
It’s not very often I get completely hooked on a story and feel the urge to stay up all night to finish it but this had my full attention the entire time, a totally un-put-downable book. It’s dark,gripping, captivating and some-what terrifying all at the same time. It’s crime, meets Thriller meets folklore (like Grimm,but way darker!) and it was fantastic to read something so original.
It was a difficult read at times because the details regarding Lauren’s pain, both mental and physical, were very explicit, I feel for some people it may hit too close to home. Personally I found the writing style incredibly gripping and although unnerving, I was desperate to carry on reading. The characters were very well written, the shift between the ‘real twins’ and the ‘not-real twins’ was both fascinating and really creepy and reading Lauren’s story almost felt real, it was wonderfully developed and very immersive.
My only real criticism was Detective Harper’s storyline, although I enjoyed her character and did feel as though she had an important part to play, her personal relationship with a reporter was some-what distracting and I didn’t feel like it was needed. This is one tiny negative point in a sea of positives though.
Overall a fantastic book for anyone who loves folklore or creepy thrillers, I will 100% be buying a physical copy once it’s released. If this is Melanie’s first novel I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next because this book was such an adventure!
Thank you to Melanie Golding, Netgalley and Crooked Lane books for allowing me to read this wonderful book early. Although sent to me, all opinions are my own! ❤
The book is set to be released in Spring 2019, it’s currently available to read on Netgalley or can be pre-ordered here