Daughters of Night
By Laura Shepherd-Robinson
Published by Mantle Books, Pan Macmillan Feb 2021
What it’s about?
Murder awaits in the illuminated night of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens …
London, 1782, Caro Corsham finds a woman mortally wounded in the bowers of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.
When the constables discover that the deceased woman was a high-society lady of the night, they stop searching for her killer – and it’s up to Caro to seek justice.
But the hidden corners of Georgian society are filled with artifice, deception and secrets, and finding the killer will be harder, and more treacherous, than she can know …
What I think:
This book fully immerses you in Georgian society from the highest ro the lowest.
I love Caro. She is feisty and determined and genuinely cares what happens to the women she gets to know regardless of their circumstances.
Refusing to be brushed aside by the constables and the newly formed Home Office, Caro hires a their taker – the Georgian equivalent of a private investigator, Peregrine Child, to find out who has killed the woman she knows as Lucia.
She finds herself immersed in a world of prostitution and corruption. A world where the rich and powerful have immunity from their crimes and young women are at their mercy.
The unravelling of the mystery of Lucia’s murder is multi-layered and complex.
This book is utterly compelling and there are so many twists and turns. The characters are multifaceted and it is possible to simultaneously loathe and sympathise, admire and disapprove of them. This book stays with you long after you have read it. And is definitely worth a re-reading.
Thank you to the publishers and Netgalley for this advanced copy in return for an honest review
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