This is a delightfully creepy story that I couldn’t get enough of. If you are into psychological thrillers, enjoy Grimm’s fairytales, as well as spooky folklore, you must get yourself a copy of this book.

The book starts off with a harrowing account of Lauren giving birth to her twin boys. Let me speak plainly here: shit is gonna get real! I identified so much with what Lauren goes through: the rollercoaster of emotions, as well as the feelings of isolation.  This is a difficult time for any new mother, now add in being accosted by a creepy hag who is hellbent on stealing your babies from you, but everyone thinks that you’ve lost your mind.

Is Lauren suffering from post-partum psychosis or have her twin babies been swapped out with changelings? It’s up to you to decide.

Oh and I want to add that the husband, Patrick, sucks. I totally hate him and wanted to punch him in the face like a hundred times. Melanie Golding does as incredible job of bringing these characters to life. I also love that each chapter starts with a passage of folklore about twins and/or changelings. That little touch really adds to the creepy, fairy tale like atmosphere of the book.

Highly recommended. Such a fantastic debut!

Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for the ARC!


This was a good read, but it could have been so much more. The plot is quite compelling, but it lacks character development. I didn’t feel invested in the outcome as a result — I simply wasn’t particularly connected to any of the characters. If I have to throw down with a character driven or plot driven novel, I’ll choose a well formed character every time.

Also, this isn’t the sort of book that gives you a neatly tied up ending. It leaves so much open to interpretation, which I actually preferred here, because life is not usually black and white, especially this sort of pandemic situation.

Ultimately, I recommend it.