#BlogTour: The Dark by Emma Haughton @Emma_Haughton @HodderBooks @JennyPlatt90 #TheDark #EmmaHaughton #5stars #mustread

Book Synopsis:

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 . . .

The Dark is published in hardback and ebook on the 19th August 2021. You can pre-order your copy using the links below.

My Review:

The Dark is a gripping, addictive read that was a clever twist on the classic murder mystery story.

Firstly I always love books set in the North or South pole as there is something so alien about the environment that the characters find themselves in. The wonderful descriptions of the South pole were really vivid and helped me to really imagine what it’s like there. I felt like I could feel the biting cold and see the amazing southern lights which I’d never heard of before. I’d love to go and see the South Pole and experience it all myself, as long as I could jet straight back out again.

The station sounded like a fascinating place to live and I enjoyed learning more about the different people who lived there. The different groups and roles that they play in the station were also interesting to follow as it gave the reader an insight into the characters lives and what makes them tick. It also helps add to the atmosphere in the book as we discover the many frictions that exists between the groups.

I don’t think I particularly liked any of the characters as they all had flaws that made me a little unsure about them. The main character, Kate, was an interesting one as I did feel sorry for her especially with her sometimes clumsy attempts to make friends as she reminded me of myself at times. She’s obviously had a traumatic past which still haunts her and she is still coming to terms with which made me warm to her. However her addiction to pain medicine and her eagerness to please means made me wonder how reliable a narrator she was.

The story starts off at a great pace and I soon found myself drawn into the story. The atmosphere in the book gradually increases as the story goes on and we learn more about the characters and their lives at the base. Things soon become very intriguing as strange things start happening at the base, relationships deteriorate and a few other surprising events are thrown into the mix. I found myself reading faster and faster as the book goes on, unable to put the book down at times as I had to find out what was going on. I had lots of theories but was ultimately proven wrong about all of them which I always enjoy.

Huge thanks to Jenny Platt from Hodder for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book. If you’re a fan of atmospheric, unique thrillers then you’ve got to read this book!

About The Author:

Emma Haughton grew up in Sussex, studied English at Oxford and worked as a journalist for several national newspapers, including The Times Travel section. Emma has written several non-fiction books for schools as well as YA thrillers. This is her first crime novel.

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