by Blake Crouch

  • I read it between Feb 25 & 27, 2018

I wish I’d written this ...

... because I love parallel worlds theory and Crouch nails it!

Seriously, I absolutely loved this novel and gobbled it up in three sittings. It's a little reminiscent of Jack Finney's TIME AND AGAIN, in that it's science fiction but with a focus on relationships and the experience of living. I've long been fascinated by the concept of "the road not taken" and how lives can be utterly transformed by the most insignificant of events, so this really pressed all of my buttons. It's extremely well-written, perfectly paced, and the protagonist is one into whose skin I felt myself climbing pretty much from the get go. DARK MATTER is replete with cutting edge science, has a marvellous plot, and raises a great many thought-provoking questions. Move it to the top of your "must read" stack. You won't regret it. (My only regret is that the cover says the author is Blake Crouch and not Mark Hodder).

Dark Matter

The first page:

“It also might be the most helter-skelter, race-to-the-finish-line thriller you'll read all year.”

“Crouch keeps the pace swift and the twists exciting. Readers who liked his Wayward Pines trilogy will probably devour this speculative thriller in one sitting [as will] those who enjoy roller-coaster reads in the vein of Harlan Coben.”

“Suspenseful, frightening, and sometimes poignant.”

About Mark Hodder

Mark Hodder is the author of the Philip K. Dick Award-winning novel THE STRANGE AFFAIR OF SPRING HEELED JACK and its sequels, and of the first officially sanctioned Sexton Blake novel to have been published in nearly half a century (he created and maintains BLAKIANA: The Sexton Blake Resource). He also writes short stories, flash fiction and vignettes. Find out more on his Patreon page. Mark was born in the UK but currently lives in Valencia, Spain, with his partner and two children.