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 . . .
If you love a novel you can really get caught up in that will make you think about its characters long after you’ve finished reading it, then The Dark is definitely a read that will captivate you and draw your thoughts back to Kate and everything she experiences long after you’ve closed the final page.
I’m always a sucker for any book that’s got telements of the classic ‘locked room mystery’ and I was really drawn in by Kate’s story in particular becaise ever since watching a documentary about Antarctica as a child, I’ve always longed to go. I love books that transport me in time and place and I read this on a hot and sunny Scottish weekend – totally losing myself in Kate’s experiences in this icy and forbidding landscape and enjoying Emma Haughton’s fantastic sense of atmosphere in this immersive and enjoyable read.
The Dark’s depiction of a killer on the loose in this chilling environment made for a very more-ish reading experience. Based on a UN research station in Antarctica, Kate North arrives there hoping to put a personal tragedy as far away from her as possible personal tragedy. In a landscape that’s as ‘away from it all’ as you could ever umagine , Kate starts to discover that the darkness that surrounds her is metaphorical as well as literal. This tense and pacy read kept me up much later than I’d intended with a real sense of ‘just one more chapter’ until I’d finished.
The fact that this cast of characters are all alone and cut off from the world draws you into a story where anyone could be the villain and Emma Haughton uses red herrings aplenty to keep you guessing and draw you away from the scent as you read. This is a really satisfying read; the pace never lets up as you plunge into the past and the dark nights and relentless sense of isolation haunts the narrative with a sustained sense of menace
I enjoyed the skilfully developed atmosphere in The Dark and the addictive sense that you are only ever seeing part of the picture as we follow events to their tense and nail-biting conclusion. It’s hard to write about The Dark with no spoilers, but I’ve tried really hard as this is a book that you really need to experience for yourself. I love the fact that I could not work out ‘whodunnit’ and it kept me guessing as I read very successfully. Kate’s narration means that we are only ever seeing things from her perspective, never the full story and it gives the effect of a single torchbeam into the darkness with many fleetingshadows all around where you find it difficult to discern exactly what is happening and keeps the tension up wonderfully.
If you want a wonderfully tense read that asks you to think for yourself and plunges you into the lives of a range of characters that could all be the villain of the piece, then you’ll love this book and I know a few book-loving friends who are definitely going to be pinching it from me once they’ve read this review I’d like to thank Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in the Blog Tour, and as ever recommending the best reads that a blogger could hope for
Pick yourself up a copy here and lose yourself in an unforgettable mixture of vividly described sense of place and on-the-edge-of-your-seat-tension – you’ll love it!
The kind of heart-pounding, sleep-stealing read that you want to recommend to everyone you meet. An absolutely thrilling book’ CASS GREEN
‘Chilling and atmospheric . . . had me turning the pages late into the night’ MARK EDWARDS
‘Tense, thrilling and unpredictable, with one of the most unique and dangerous settings imaginable’ ALLIE REYNOLDS
‘Set against the dangerous sub-zero temperatures end endless night of the Antarctic… Brilliantly atmospheric and terrifying‘ CATHERINE COOPER
‘Tense, twisted and quite literally chilling – a locked room mystery in a unique setting where no one can be trusted’ SUSI HOLLIDAY
‘Atmospheric, original and full of tension‘ AMANDA JENNINGS
‘A real edge-of-the-seat plot. I loved it. Original and accomplished‘ J.A. CORRIGAN
Writer On The Shelf
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, is published by Hodder in August 2021.
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