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  • An enjoyable, eerie thriller

    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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  • Brilliant from start to finish

    Loved the writing style and couldn’t put it down and even when I did was thinking about the characters. Brilliant!

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  • A nice quick read

    A version of a locked room mystery set in Antarctica. It gave a sense of the isolation & oppression of the setting, but the actual plot was a bit predictable.

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  • Stupendously Atmospheric

    This début thriller by Emma Haughton is set in the vast, hostile, desolate landscape of the Antarctic. Dr Kate North suffers a personal tragedy, so when she is offered the chance of becoming a relief medic on an Antarctic research station looking after a 12 member team, she jumps at the chance, becoming the 13th team member. Pill-popping, troubled Kate is replacing Jean-Luc, who met with an accident in an icy ravine, but was it really happenstance? The Dark is rife with suspicion, hostility, and paranoia and tensions run wild at the station. Kate believes the group is in the midst of a killer so she embarks on a dangerous, chilling and twisted investigation, at the same time as the reader learns about her past. This locked room style mystery is abundant in atmospheric descriptions of the frozen Antarctic locale. The characters were a motley bunch and overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this claustrophobic, dark, engaging and immensely alarming read. Don't overlook The Dark as you'll be missing a treat. I read The Dark in staves with other Pigeonholers as part of a group. A special thank you to Hodder & Stoughton, Emma Haughton, NetGalley and The Pigeonhole for a complimentary copy of this novel at my request. This review is my unbiased opinion.

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  • A page turner

    The Dark did not cost very much and I did not have high expectations of it. I was wrong, it was a real page-turner. A murderer is apparently loose on an Antarctic research station that is cut-off from the rest of the world until the Antarctic summer. A replacement doctor, nursing her own demons, tries to investigate and is often thwarted by other people at the station, especially the base commander. The atmosphere builds and culminates with a race against death. I really liked this book.

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