Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for The Dark By Emma Haughton and I would like to share a review, with all of you. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Thank You very much to the publisher – Hodder & Stoughton for the review copy.
Release date: 19 08 2021
Price*: Kindle £6.99 (GBP)/ Hardback £11.43 (GBP)
Kindle $7.99 (USD)/ Hardback $26.99 (USD)
Pages: ~ 384
My rating: I liked it.
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What I learned from this book: The effects of the darkness to the people.
Description of the book: In the most inhospitable environment – cut off from the rest of the world – there’s a killer on the loose.
A&E doctor Kate North has been knocked out of her orbit by a personal tragedy. So when she’s offered the opportunity to be an emergency replacement at the UN research station in Antarctica, she jumps at the chance. The previous doctor, Jean-Luc, died in a tragic accident while out on the ice.
The move seems an ideal solution for Kate: no one knows about her past; no one is checking up on her. But as total darkness descends for the winter, she begins to suspect that Jean-Luc’s death wasn’t accidental at all.
And the more questions she asks, the more dangerous it becomes . . .
How this book made me feel: A thriller set in the remote arctic station? YES, PLEASE! It is just too intriguing to ignore. 😀
The protagonist in this novel is Kate, and the story is told from her perspective. Kate is a very pleasant, friendly and helpful person, but at the same time, she is flawed and broken. She is trying to escape her own trauma, but being in an enclosed space with only a few other people and with a complete lack of sunshine could trip anyone. I liked that Kate has opened up slowly about her past and the events that led her to the present situation. The characters chosen for this book are diverse, different but at the same time very realistic personalities. I really liked their interactions and what they had to offer to this book.
I found the narrative of this novel very unique and absorbing. The location chosen for this book is very exotic and I was devouring every detail about the station and the life inside of it. The mystery and thriller aspects of it felt a little too slow for my liking. I would have liked more pace and more suspense because some of the things in this book felt quite repetitive and unnecessary. My biggest pet peeve is summaries of the things “we already know” in the books, I just don’t understand the need for them, and we had quite a few of these summaries. 😦 The topics discussed in this book are various addictions, PTSD, relationships in enclosed space, dangers of cold and darkness, death, pregnancy, and many more.
The writing style of this book is very enjoyable and I really loved the research that has been done for this novel. The atmosphere was very well delivered and I felt like I was there with the characters. The chapters have a medium length and the pages just flew by. I liked the ending of the book and it left me satisfied with the outcome.
So, to conclude, I enjoyed this slow-burning, easy to read thriller that was set in a very unique place and had an unusual atmosphere. The characters are quite complex personalities, and the plot is intriguing and unexpected. If you are a thriller’s lover and looking for something unique and light in this genre, this book is perfect. I hope you will give it a go and will like it as much as I did. Enjoy! 😉
Thank you for your time! ❤
About the author: Emma Haughton grew up in Sussex; after a stint au pairing in Paris and a couple of half-hearted attempts to backpack across Europe, she studied English at Oxford University then trained in journalism. During her career as a journalist, she wrote many articles for national newspapers, including regular pieces for the Times Travel section.
Following publication of her picture book, Rainy Day, Emma wrote three YA novels. Her first, Now You See Me, was an Amazon bestseller and nominated for the Carnegie and Amazing Book Awards. Better Left Buried, her second, was one of the best YA reads for 2015 in the Sunday Express. Her third YA novel, Cruel Heart Broken, was picked by The Bookseller as a top YA read for July 2016. The Dark, Emma’s chilling new thriller for adults, will be published by Hodder in August 2021.
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