The Dark by Emma Haughton – Book Review

The Dark by Emma Haughton – Book Review

The Dark by Emma Haughton

The Dark

Author – Emma Haughton
Publisher – Hodder & Stoughton
Pages – 378
Released – 19th August 2021
ISBN-13 – 978-1529356601
Format – ebook, paperback, hardcover, audio
Rating – 4 Stars
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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 . . .

Review by Stacey

After the tragic death of the station doctor, Jean-Luc, at the UN Research Base in Antarctica, A&E doctor Kate North arrives to replace him. She will spend the next twelve months looking after the staff, which over the winter will mean there are just thirteen of them.

Kate applied for the job after a tragic accident in which she was badly injured and her partner was killed. Still grieving and on high-dose pain medication she sees the challenge of working in Antarctica as a way of starting again, it isn’t long though before she is unsure she has made the right decision.

Kate starts to suspect that someone on the base killed Jean-Luc but the more she pushes for answers the more danger she puts herself in.

I’ve read a few books set in desolate lands and have always enjoyed the feeling of stillness, claustrophobia, and tension that they bring and The Dark was no different, in fact, setting a thriller in such a cut-off, isolate place is perfect. It certainly makes the plot feel intense and urgent. Author Emma Haughton has done a great job of creating scenery so vividly that it made me feel chilly whilst reading.

The Dark came across as a modern-day whodunit in that Kate realises that someone on the base killed her predecessor Jean-Luc and that any one of the other twelve crew members could be the culprit as they were all present the day he fell to his death and she will stop at nothing to uncover who the killer is.

I became fully invested in the characters. You do have to wait until right near the end to discover which crew member killed Jean-Luc though I had my suspicions from around halfway through. The Dark was an enjoyable, eerie thriller that was fast-paced and absorbing right from the off.

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Emma Haughton The Dark

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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6 Responses

  1. DJ Sakata says:

    I think if I was able to stay warm and well-fed, I would be fine in Antarctica or Alaska, I would be happy as a hermit. But maybe not with a murderer on the loose…

  2. Megan @ Bookstacks & Golden Moms says:

    Not sure I could deal with 24-hr darkness … not to mention replacing someone who died tragically. Sounds like a thrilling book … and maybe too much for my chicken-self 🙂 Great review!

  3. Excellent review. The cover alone gave me a feeling of claustrophobia.