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review 2020-05-10 14:32
Little Darlings
Little Darlings - Melanie Golding

by Melanie Golding

 

This was a well written Horror story based on historical folklore from Ireland and other places in the British Isles about changelings. I love the way bits of actual folklore like superstitions for how to protect a baby from being taken by the fairies is placed at the beginnings of some chapters.

 

The story itself follows two women; one, a new mother of twins who believes someone is trying to take her babies and the other a female cop who has good instincts and doesn't swallow the psychiatrist's explanation that the woman is just hallucinating. There's a definite supernatural aspect involved causing the mother to doubt her perceptions and the cop to doubt the dismissal of the mother's concerns by hospital staff.

 

The story kept me interested, especially the last quarter. I even stayed up late reading because I had to know what happened next! The characters were well defined and I really hated two of them, though I liked both of the two primary women.

 

There were some plot points that I felt could have been further developed, but my only real complaint is the ending. Too many questions were left open and side plots unresolved. The evidence for whether the happenings were hallucinations or psychosis could have supported either way. Perhaps it's meant to leave the reader to decide.

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text 2020-01-02 21:30
Top 10 Reads of 2019
Terror on the Tundra - J. Esker Miller
Force of Chaos: The Coming of Age of the Antichrist - Lin Senchaid
Yellow Crocus - Laila Ibrahim
Little Darlings - Melanie Golding
Remember the Future (The Chronicles of the Harekaiian #9) - Shanna Lauffey
One Summer in Paris - Sarah Morgan
The Binding - Bridget Collins
To Kill the President: The Most Explosive Thriller of the Year - Sam Bourne
Empire of Sand - Tasha Suri

Have to manually add this one because despite having a book page, the search won't find it on title, author, or even ASIN. It's on my shelf!

http://booklikes.com/a-halloween-tale-austin-crawley/book,14010250

 

Anyway, since I've seen several people post their top 10 reads of the year, I thought I would add mine. I've left out anthologies and non-fiction because I think they need to be separate categories, so just novels and novellas for this post.

 

So there we are, Fantasy, Horror, Time Travel, a little Historical Fiction and some Adventure. These are the 4.5-5 star books mostly.

 

I've discovered a few new authors, been disappointed by one I usually like, and am chewing my knuckles waiting for the final book in th time travel series that's really had me on the edge of my seat in the last episode.

 

Not a bad year. This year I'm going to try to resist Netgalley temptation and read a lot of the books I already have. We'll see if that holds up.

 

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review 2019-10-07 10:44
Der Alptraum einer Mutter
Little Darlings - Melanie Golding

Lauren Tranter hat gerade in einer Klinik in Großbritannien entbunden. Doch kaum sind die Zwillinge, die Jungen Riley und Morgan, auf der Welt, beginnt ihr ganz persönlicher Alptraum. Noch im Krankenhaus erscheint eine Frau mitten in der Nacht an ihrem Bett und will ihr einen schrecklichen Deal aufzwingen: Lauren soll eines ihrer Kinder gegen eines der Frau austauschen. Zwar kann sich Lauren mit ihren Zwillingen noch in die Toilette retten und dort die Polizei rufen. Dann jedoch werden ihre Kinder entführt. Niemand nimmt Laurens Aussagen ernst. Nur eine junge Polizistin, Detective Sergeant Joanna Harper, glaubt ihr. Aber hat sich wirklich alles so zugetragen und was hat es dann damit auf sich? Will man Lauren bewusst in den Wahnsinn treiben? Oder wird sie tatsächlich allmählich verrückt?

„Kalte Wasser“  ist der Debütroman von Melanie Golding.

Meine Meinung:
Der Roman besteht aus 43 Kapiteln, denen ein spannender Prolog vorangestellt ist. Erzählt wird vorwiegend aus der Sicht von Lauren, aber auch der von Harper. Die Handlung umfasst einen Zeitraum zwischen dem 13. Juli und dem 10. Oktober. Orts- und Zeitangaben zu Beginn der Kapitel erleichtern die Orientierung. Ab und an sind Zitate aus literarischen Werken, Mythen, Märchen und Liedern eingefügt. Dieser Aufbau funktioniert sehr gut.

Der Schreibstil ist anschaulich und detailliert. Nach dem Prolog braucht die Geschichte ein wenig Zeit, um Fahrt aufzunehmen. Dann aber konnte mich der Roman packen.

Die Protagonisten bleiben insgesamt ziemlich undurchsichtig, was die Spannung aufrechterhält. Niemand außer der Polizistin kommt sehr sympathisch rüber, was mich allerdings nicht gestört hat.

Die recht kreative Grundthematik der Geschichte hat mir gut gefallen. Zwar wird hier mit Ängsten vieler Leser gespielt, zum Beispiel vor einer Kindesentführung. Dennoch werden auch alltäglichere Probleme wie postnatale Störungen und die psychische Gesundheit thematisiert, was durchaus Denkimpulse geben kann.

Der Autorin gelingt es, einige falsche Fährten auszulegen. So wird die Spannung größtenteils bis zum Schluss erhalten, obwohl auf blutige Grausamkeiten und derartiges bewusst verzichtet wird. Nur streckenweise ist mir der fast 400 Seiten umfassende Roman ein wenig zu langatmig. Die Auflösung wirkt schlüssig, aber das Ende lässt auch noch Raum für eigene Interpretationen und Überlegungen. Interessant ist in diesem Zusammenhang das mit „Liebe Leserin, lieber Leser“  beginnende Nachwort der Autorin, in dem sie erklärt, was sie dazu bewegt hat, dieses Buch zu schreiben.

Das ansprechend gestaltete Cover passt gut. Die deutsche Version weicht bei Optik und Titel von der britischen Originalausgabe („Little Darlings“) ab, was ich in diesem Fall jedoch nachvollziehen kann.

Mein Fazit:
„Kalte Wasser“  von Melanie Golding ist ein mystisch angehauchter Spannungsroman, der für fesselnde Unterhaltung sorgt. Eine empfehlenswerte Lektüre für alle, die nicht viel Blutvergießen brauchen, um auf ihre Kosten zu kommen.

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text 2019-07-02 14:20
June Wrap-up
Witch Lit: Words From The Cauldron - Witches Who Write
Little Darlings - Melanie Golding
Haunted Rails - Matthew L. Swayne
The Art of Jin Shin: The Japanese Practice of Healing with Your Fingertips - Karen Duffy,Alexis Brink,Elizabeth Cutler
Walking to Aldebaran - Adrian Tchaikovsky
Taking Up Space - Chelsea Kwakye,Ore Ogunbiyi
Limited Wish (Impossible Times #2) - Mark Lawrence
The Immortal City - Amy Kuivalainen
Dracopedia Field Guide: Dragons of the World from Amphipteridae through Wyvernae - William O'Connor

Nine books this month, four of them non-fiction and one field guide to Dragons.

 

The stars in fiction were Witch Lit and Little Darlings, and otherwise were Taking up Space and Dracopedia. I'm still deciding about the Art of Jin Shin. Have to try the techniques more but I'm not a sickly person so there hasn't been much opportunity.

 

Eight of the nine were from Netgalley, but I'm exercising control more this month because I have too many books in hand that I want to read! I had caught up for about 5 minutes and requested two more, now among my planned July reads.

 

I really need to spend some time catching up on samples in the coming month. They've got out of hand again!

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review 2019-06-28 11:49
Little Darlings
Little Darlings - Melanie Golding

by Melanie Golding

 

This was a well written Horror story based on historical folklore from Ireland and other places in the British Isles about changelings. I love the way bits of actual folklore like superstitions for how to protect a baby from being taken by the fairies is placed at the beginnings of some chapters.

 

The story itself follows two women; one, a new mother of twins who believes someone is trying to take her babies and the other a female cop who has good instincts and doesn't swallow the psychiatrist's explanation that the woman is just hallucinating. There's a definite supernatural aspect involved causing the mother to doubt her perceptions and the cop to doubt the dismissal of the mother's concerns by hospital staff.

 

The story kept me interested, especially the last quarter. I even stayed up late reading because I had to know what happened next! The characters were well defined and I really hated two of them, though I liked both of the two primary women.

 

There were some plot points that I felt could have been further developed, but my only real complaint is the ending. Too many questions were left open and side plots unresolved. The evidence for whether the happenings were hallucinations or psychosis could have supported either way. Perhaps it's meant to leave the reader to decide.

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