Thursday, 7 April 2016

Book Review: The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen # 1) by Alison Goodman

Title: The Dark Days Club
Author: Alison Goodman
Publisher: Walker Books
Publication Date: 21 January 2016 (2015) 

Pages: 496
Format: Paperback
Genre: Historical/Paranormal/YA
Source: Bought Copy

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London, April 1812. Eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall is on the eve of her debut presentation to the Queen. Her life should be about gowns and dancing, and securing a suitable marriage. Instead, when one of her family's housemaids goes missing, Lady Helen is drawn to the shadows of Regency London.

There, she finds William, the Earl of Carlston. He has noticed the disappearance, too, and is one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of powerful demons that has infiltrated every level of society. But Lady Helen’s curiosity is the last thing Carlston wants—especially when he sees the searching intelligence behind her fluttering fan. Should Helen trust a man whose reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her headstrong sense of justice lead them both into a death trap?
(Goodreads Synopsis)

I really enjoyed The Dark Days Club from start to finish. At times it was hard to put it down. The characters are compelling and the plot gripping. I wondered if the pacing didn't drag in a couple of places, but on the whole it moved along nicely. A special delight was the excellent prose. I've read a number of books with bad grammar and many typos of late, so seeing such a clean manuscript was a joy, and I was able to sink into the story even more since I wasn't being dragged back to reality by badly structured sentences. I would definitely be keen to continue with this series.

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