Saturday 17 February 2024

Book Review: The Persephone Code by Julia Golding (Historical Romance)

Title: The Persephone Code
Author: Julia Golding
Publisher: One More Chapter
Publication Date: 17 May 2024
Pages: 384
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: ARC via NetGalley

You don’t dabble in satanism. You sell your soul to the devil or not at all.


Deep below the hills of the Buckinghamshire countryside, the infamous Hellfire Caves house a pleasure palace for the idle rich – a secret society steeped in satanism, opium and debauchery of the highest order.

When the club’s warden, Antony Pennington, is brutally murdered, his bastard sister, Dora, must follow the clues to decode who the killer is, aided by an unexpected ally – ex-Army officer, former opium addict and son of a Viscount, Dr Jacob Sandys.

As a shadow dogs their every footstep, Dora and Jacob find themselves in the midst of a shocking conspiracy, caught between the legendary Illuminati and the Hell Fire Club. With time running out, they must fight against both the most influential gentleman of the ton – and the undeniable attraction they feel towards each other…


The Persephone Code was a fun read from start to finish. I enjoyed the plot and the developing relationship between the two main characters. There were a few twists along the way to hold the reader's interest and I thought the story was such that it would make a great limited TV series. All up it was a delightful and well-written book and I would definite pick up more works by this author in the future. I am giving it 4 stars.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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