London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?




The Dark Days Club had all the elements that I usually enjoy in a book. A strong lead, a secret society fighting an unseen evil, special powers, the possible end of the world as we know it. Unfortunately it just didn’t come together for me. I liked Lady Helen as a character at first and I did like that even though the Dark Days Club fought evil it wasn’t inherently good itself.

But Lady Helen waffled far too much for someone who is supposed to be strong. She can’t seem to decide what she wants to be. Is she a strong independent woman who can fight demons and make her own decisions? Or is she a vapid girl in a pretty dress who would rather leave the fighting to someone else?

I didn’t care for any of the other characters either, or well……….the book as a whole. It was painfully slow. Like no evil monsters show up until a quarter of a way through the book slow. Getting to the specifics of the Dark Days Club and Lady Helen’s powers takes even longer.

Again, I did like the concept. Unfortunately lackluster characters and a pace as slow as molasses made it a no for me.

Book Review: The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

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