Given the connections between E L James and the Twilight Saga (The Fifty Shades series was originally published as Twilight fan fiction online featuring Edward and Bella) it was probably inevitable that the books would be republished from Christian Grey’s point of view. Unlike Stephenie Meyer’s abandoned Midnight Sun project this is the second of James’s book to get the Christian treatment and in the case of this book it works really well.
Fifty Shades Darker was probably the best of the three original books anyway and this retelling is truly quite a lot darker. As the story unfolds there is much more about Christian’s tortured and abusive past with his crack whore mother and later with Elena, the older woman who seduced teenage Christian and who introduced him to the dominant/submissive lifestyle that he took to so readily.
If you found the original book to be a step too far then you won’t find any enjoyment here but if you did enjoy the original this does add another level to the story and helps to explain a lot of Christian’s behaviour and beliefs.
UK Publication Date: Nov 28 2017. 560 pages.
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