592 pages ~ ★★★★☆ ~ Netgalley eARC
Daughters of Night is a historical fiction meets murder mystery set in 1780s London. Our protagonist Caro is walking alone through the Vauxhall gardens at night when she comes across an injured woman, the woman’s wounds prove to be fatal and Caroline realizes that she’s knows the victim as Lady Lucia. When the police undercover that Lucia was actually called Lucy and a well know high-class prostitute they quickly loose interest in the case, Caro is left to try and find her own answers while trying to conceal the reason she was wondering in the dark unaccompanied a secret. To help she employees the services of Peregrine Child which raises even more eyebrows.
My favourite thing about this book was simply that it kept me guessing, I had no clue who the murderer was until the reveal. Each time I thought I had a theory I’d be pulled in a different direction which has surely got to be what everyone’s looking for in a murder mystery?
At just shy of 600 pages its not a quick or light read but the author paints such a picture of all the different parts of the world that I really didn’t mind, the plot is quite complex and thickens with each twist and turn, with two timelines, perspectives and potentially two murders to get invested in.
This book is set in the same place/time as the author’s previous novel Blood and Sugar where Caroline is a smaller character and her husband takes the lead; while reading I didn’t feel like I missed out from not having read the other novel first however I’ve since listened to the audiobook of Blood and Sugar, which I also really enjoyed, and I would recommend reading this first just to get better acquainted with Caro and Mr Child.
Daughters of Night∆ is set for release on 18th February 2021. Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy this in exchange for an honest review.