Book Review

Dark Matter – Blake Crouch

“‘Are you happy in your life?’

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakes to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before the man he’s never met smirks down and says ‘Welcome back’

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not like he one he knows.

His wife is not his wife. Hi son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? The answer lies in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything Jason could’ve imagined”

How in the world do I review this book?

The back of the book tells you everything it possibly can without giving anything away.

Here’s what I can tell you. We first meet Jason Dessen in his home. It’s family night, so he’s cooking dinner with his wife Daniela, while his teenage son keeps busy in the background. One of Jason’s college friends is celebrating winning an award the same night and Daniela convinces him that he should go and offer his congratulations.

On his way home he is, as the description says, abducted. Scared for his life Jason doesn’t know what to do. He follows the orders of the masked man and is eventually knocked unconscious. Upon waking up Jason is surrounded by people he doesn’t know and a life he doesn’t remember.

I read this book on 12th November 2017, I came in from a night out and couldn’t sleep. So, I wrote a book review for The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and then decided to read a little to help me wind down.

This was the wrong book to do that.

I did not sleep and all I wanted were answers.

The more plot you unravel, the more questions you have and the more you need to know what the hell is going on.

There were a couple of moments where he had a revelation of sorts and you can’t help but think “OK, yes we got that. Keep up Jason!” Little did I know what was coming! Just as I thought I had all the answers Blake Crouch turned everything on it’s head for one additional surprise. Something so obvious, and yet you don’t even consider the possibility!

This book is terrifying. Though perhaps not in the traditional sense of the word, terrifying nonetheless. It makes you think about yourself, your life, your choices and what matters most to you. All the while it keeps you on the edge of your seat, keeps you guessing and keeps dropping those bombshells.

It has a mix of everything. Mystery, Suspense, Intrigue, Sci-Fi, Action-packed with an overarching importance on loved ones, family and the lengths you’d go for them.



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