A supernatural historal romp in Alison Goodman’s Dark Days Club

Book Reviews, Book Thoughts, literary london, London, Uncategorized

Lady Helen is about to make her entrance into Regency society – but there’s something different about her. She can sense things about people, can tell what is about to happen, can react with lightening speed. She meets Lord Carlston, who tells her she is born to help stop demonic creatures who prey upon innocent lives, and who tries to convince her to join the cause. She is at once attracted to and mistrustful of him, whilst on the side of society and propriety is another suitor…

I don’t really remember the plot of this one fully, but I have many lasting impressions. In lots of ways, it’s a book that does exactly what you’d expect. Lots of interplay between the dark supernatural world and polite society, the occasional emergence of a famous figure, and plenty of heartache for our feisty main character. As such, it wasn’t hugely stupendous or memorable, but was pretty enjoyable.

The supernatural side of things was spectacularly melodramatic, with these demonic figures appearing as humans but feeding off their surrounding people in diverse ways that are more or less disturbing. Lady Helen must learn the dark and violent ways to stop them, as Lord Carlston is keen to teach her.

Lady Helen swings between wanting nothing to do with Carlston and the club, as of course her relatives strongly advise, and wanting to be a part of ridding the world of the menace. I found her dithering and lack of decision pretty annoying, though of course it’s understandable. This was particularly the case with Lord Carlston, and it would almost seem the narrator hasn’t made up her mind about him either: is he good or bad?

I think this is to be the first in a series and therefore has the hallmarks of a first: as a character she is being set up to be a daring part of the team. And, of course, more powerful than any before her…

The book was pacy and fast moving, not spending a lot of time on explanation or world building: like Lady Helen we find ourselves thoroughly swept into an adventure without time to take breath or stock of what is happening. This is symptomatic of the type of book this is, but is a shame as I think it could gain more potency for being better grounded.

All in all, this was great fun if this is what you like. I can’t remember how I even got hold of it, but it’s readily available on Amazon. I don’t think I’ll be reading any more of the series, but may surprise myself…

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