When I finished 50 Shades Darker, I was in two minds whether to read the third part of the series. Though I had read worse books, I had a pile of books that I was looking forward to reading much more, so I hesitated for a while. Then reasoned, that the book was cheap, not a very long read and I always tried to complete any series that I started, so decided to give it a go.When Ana Steele first encountered the driven, damaged entrepreneur Christian Grey, it sparked a sensual affair that changed both their lives irrevocably. Ana always knew that loving her Fifty Shades would not be easy, and being together poses challenges neither of them had anticipated. Ana must learn to share Grey's opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own integrity or independence; and Grey must overcome his compulsion to control and lay to rest the horrors that still haunt him. Now, finally together, they have love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of infinite possibilities. But just when it seems that they really do have it all, tragedy and fate combine to make Ana's worst nightmares come true...
Just like the rest of the series it is very hard to read an objective review on this book, in fact it is hard to find any comments apart from those on the sexual content. Again, people either say that this is either the best thing ever or the worst book ever written. In my opinion, it is not either, the writing has definitely improved since the first book and as the writing has changed so, the characters of Ana and Christian have matured.
The story line of Jack Hyde created towards the end of book two is fully developed in this one and keeps the readers interest and there are other sub plots as well, not particularly unexpected but they do keep the story moving. This is good as in some places the writing does have a tendency to stagnate with the continual references to Christians smell and the numerous sexual scenes that on many occasions actually distract from the story itself.
Despite all the various story lines in the book, the main theme is obviously Christian, Ana and their developing relationship. Though they are now married, they are still getting to know each other and both have limited experience in actually being with anyone else. Christian becomes a more rounded character as more of his background and history are revealed and Ana becomes stronger, more independent, though still very annoying at times.
The ending is conclusive and does tie up all the loose ends- if you pardon the pun and the author has also added some extra scenes at the end with one about Christians childhood and his first meeting with Ana, this time from his point of view. The writing is not brilliant, but for those who have read the other books, do give it a go, ignore the hype and make your own mind up, it’s not a long book to read and there are far worse books out there.
7 out of 10