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  • The Dark Days Deceit

  • (The Lady Helen Trilogy, Book 3)
  • By: Alison Goodman
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 17 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Lady Helen has retreated to a country estate outside Bath to prepare for her wedding to the Duke of Selburn, yet she knows she has unfinished business to complete. She and the dangerously charismatic Lord Carlston have learned they are a dyad, bonded in blood, and only they are strong enough to defeat the Grand Deceiver, who threatens to throw mankind into chaos. But the heinous death-soaked Ligatus Helen has absorbed is tearing a rift in her mind. Its power, if unleashed, will annihilate both Helen and Carlston unless they can find a way to harness its ghastly force.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfecting ending

  • By Kyra on 11-25-18

Perfecting ending

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-18

I was so excited for this book I pre-ordered both the audiobook & the hardcover from Amazon. Fiona Hardingham does an amazing job (again) reading! Super enjoyable!

From my Goodreads review:

What a fantastic ending to a wonderfully well-written series!

Throughout books 1 & 2 I had my suspicions about the Grand Deceiver and I loved how in book 3 Alison Goodman kept me second guessing with false leads.
With the same sort of set-up as book 2, book 3 has a lot of hanging about in Bath with Selburn and Carlston at each other's throats (the tension of which, was super fun, and Alison Goodman's writing is never boring). + I loved how Helen's Aunt kept unintentionally sabotaging the work of the Dark Days Club for propriety's sake. She knew what was up with Helen and Carlston. ;)
Darby is just so friggin loyal and perfect. She plays Alfred to Helen's Batman & I totally support strong women helping strong women...Even if it means interrupting her own personal life/possible happiness with Quinn.

I don't want to spoil anything, but I just have to say that the ending worked out perfectly. I was totally nervous for everyone's lives, and it just worked out so perfectly. Sometimes, the easiest route for the plot (even if it's easily guessed) is the best for the readers.

And though the ending worked out nicely, I wish this wasn't the end. I want to see more Dark Days Club adventures with Helen, please!!

Also, I think I wrote this before in my review for The Dark Days Club and The Dark Days Pact, but I think it's worth writing again: Alison Goodman is a superb historical writer! Yes, this book is all about monsters/demons, but it's obvious that Goodman did extensive research to write this book and make it feel like a Regency-era novel first.
Super fun & well written!

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