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The Dark: The unputdownable and pulse-raising Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month

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Haughton has chosen a fantastically atmospheric setting for her first crime novel and although her protagonist makes a series of dubious choices, it’s a chilling race to the finish to discover whodunnit. 1979 Ultimately enjoyed reading this story. There was certainly room for more edge; more suspense in the writing. Overall a decent 3 to 3.5 star read. The icy environment seems dangerous enough at the start of the book. But later in the story, when the temperature plunges and the lights go out leaving us in total darkness, tension ramps up to a totally chilling level.

Trapped in an Antarctic ice station with no daylight for months, no hope of rescue, and a killer on the loose is a fantastic concept for a novel. The feeling of being trapped, of not knowing what is happening, who is doing it, or if there's any chance of survival gives this book a real head start for a compelling psychological thriller. I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to read The Dark by Emma Haughton. This is definitely one of my favourite psychological thrillers of the year. It is the perfect time to read it, as the winter months are setting in. Set in Antarctica, Emma Haughton brings the setting to life so well, and Emma Haughton creates such intensity in her writing, and she uses this to help raise the stakes for the characters higher and higher.McDermid, who worked as a journalist in the 70s and 80s, gives a nail-biting account of the newsroom, and Allie is another character I’m looking forward to learning more about. At the base where the characters are living, they are cut off from the wider world. It can take a long time for emergency services to reach them if anything goes wrong. It makes it more important than ever that they work as a team. When Doctor Kate North arrives, she turns up shortly after one member of the group she has been assigned to, has been killed. There is already a tense atmosphere, and everyone, of course, is still upset because of what has happened to their team member. Kate feels as though something isn’t right, and there are murmurings among the group, that there might be more to the death than first meets the eye. One member of the group isn’t prepared to let it lie. But is it possible there is a killer amongst them? If so they could all be in danger.

Pulled in by the synopsis. UN base station in Antartica, preparing to hunker down for winter. No light, no plane, no one else but the few winter crew members for the next 6 months! In typical fashion, every one has their own secrets. The main character, Kate, is a last minute substitute for the base's previous doctor. As he tragically and unexpectedly died in an accident, an accident with more questions than answers.

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Set against the dangerous sub-zero temperatures end endless night of the Antarctic... Brilliantly atmospheric and terrifying ' - CATHERINE COOPER 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 cutoff, 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. In the most inhospitable environment – cut off from the rest of the world – there’s a killer on the loose.

The kind of heart-pounding, sleep-stealing read that you want to recommend to everyone you meet. An absolutely thrilling book' - CASS GREEN Elvis, too, is put on Leonora’s trail by his boss, the mysterious and powerful El Mago. As their paths converge and they get closer to the truth, their lives become more dangerous. I can’t wait to see what Moreno-Garcia does next. The Dark Die Charaktere lernt man ganz gut kennen, aber Sympathien hatte ich eher für wenige. Einige Personen habe ich auch bis zum Ende durcheinander gebracht. Kate ist ebenfalls ein wenig speziell und ich mochte ihre Art nicht immer.

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There are constant reminders of the harsh cold just beyond the glass and ominous hints of how the darkness and isolation have been known to drive people mad. 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. A sense of growing menace pervades … the freezing wasteland and claustrophobic workings of the research station are finely rendered’ Financial Times A sense of growing menace pervades ... the freezing wasteland and claustrophobic workings of the research station are finely rendered' Financial Times

Der Klappentext zu "The Dark" klang sehr interessant und ich war sehr gespannt was mich in der Antarktis begleitet. I want to thank the publisher "Mobius Books"/ Hodder & Stoughton" and Netgalley for this terrific and fun story and any thoughts and opinions expressed are unbiased and mine alone! Tense, thrilling and unpredictable, with one of the most unique and dangerous settings imaginable' ALLIE REYNOLDS The kind of heart-pounding, sleep-stealingread that you want to recommend to everyone you meet. An absolutely thrilling book’ – CASS GREEN Thank you to the author, publishers Hodder & Stoughton and online book club The Pigeonhole for the chance to read this for free. This is an honest and voluntary review.

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. Emma Haughton paints a vivid picture of how dangerous the setting is for the characters. We already know that someone has died out on the ice so this adds another layer of fear for the characters. I really liked Kate and how Emma developed her character over the course of the novel. There were some aspects to her character that made me want to find out more about her and what had happened in her past. I liked her interactions with the rest of the team, and she comes across as warm and friendly, although she does make some mistakes, even as she is still settling into life at the base. I really didn’t warm to Sandrine, who is the person in charge. I could picture Sandrine clearly in my mind and I thought the moments, when it was just her and Kate together in the book, were really tense. Set against the dangerous sub-zero temperatures end endless night of the Antarctic… Brilliantly atmospheric and terrifying‘– CATHERINE COOPER The story opens with Kate, our main character and a medical doctor, arriving at a research station in the Antarctic. She has her own reasons for taking the remote job and steps at short notice into a role recently held by a doctor who died in an accident on the ice. As the team shrinks down to core staff for the winter, only 13 people remain at the facility, When that number becomes 12, Kate begins to question whether the death is part of a bigger picture. Not knowing who she can trust, she begins a dangerous investigation… Kate North is a doctor struggling with drug addiction after a horrific car accident took the life of her fiance and almost ended hers.

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