13 September 2016

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch - A SciFi Thriller I Won't Long Forget


I had the chance to receive a copy of the book Dark Matter by Black Crouch in exchange for an honest review.  And I was reluctant at first, I mean I hate to judge a book by the cover, but there was something jarring about the bold red and the dark text. So it sat on a shelf for a while until a exhausted my stack of "to be read" from the library. It was the long Labor Day weekend, and knowing that this book was there, I started reading it.

Now, you are first introduced to Jason who has a normal evening with his wife and son, Charlie. Until his wife convinces him to go see an old friend who is celebrating his recently received prestigious award at a local, nearby bar. Jason goes to say hello and congratulate his friend, but he doesn't stay long at the bar. He leaves with the slight twinge of resentment and maybe even regret over his own choices with his life and career. Walking the long way home though, brings him back to center a little bit, until he senses the presence of someone. When the masked gunman prods him to get into Jason's own car, telling him to drive, his life isn't the same after that. 

This is just the beginning in this intense thriller. Just as the description says, before Jason blacks out, someone asks him, "Are you happy?" The answer to that question is the core of the story.

I read a review that said that you can't describe this book without giving things away. And I kind of agree. So I won't launch into a more descriptive review here, but I will summarize how I felt by saying this is a very unique and amazing thriller that I was very impressed by. I read it (nearly) one day, except I savored the ending over the course of two days because I hated seeing this come to an end. This book made me think about all the decisions I've made in my own life that brought me to where I am and makes me wonder that very question myself, "Am I happy? What would I change if I could?" It's science fiction but the science doesn't distract or confuse me. The characters are strong and the core plot of the story kept me enthralled to the end. The bizarre situations this main character finds himself in are very vivid and real feeling, despite the weirdness. Plenty of people seemed to criticize the writing and I didn't have any issues with it. I felt like the short sentences helped build upon the pressure and intensity of the moments and actions in the story.

I am highly recommending you check this book out. Purchase this book now on Amazon.com. Or get this from the library! Overall, you will be glad you read this.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This post includes an affiliate link for which I will receive small compensation if you purchase through my link.
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9 comments:

  1. Just as well you got past the cover! Sounds like a good one - it's the sign of great writing if unbelievable situations can feel real and believable.

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  2. The name of that book really grabs my attention.

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  3. I can tell that this book would really get me thinking!

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  4. I think my brother-in-law would truly enjoy reading this.

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  5. Sounds like a book that I would definitely enjoy. Thanks for posting!

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  6. Oh this sounds like a great book. I will be reading this. I love the idea of reflecting on "am I happy". Thanks for reviewing and not giving things away.

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  7. This book has been on my to-read list but I wasn't quite sure. Your recommendation has definitely bumped it up my list!

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  8. Thanks for your honest review. I know it was a bestseller but I didn't realize it was sci-fi. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you. Happy January!

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