I am definitely a mood reader. But I’m also a pretty predictable mood reader, and one thing I can rely on is that as soon as fall rolls around, I’m in the mood for books that are dark and thrilling. It might not actually be fall (even though I’m pretending it is), but that didn’t stop me from searching for a dark read. Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter is a recent release that’s been getting a lot of buzz and great reviews, and it fit the bill. It’s not the kind of book I usually read, but it was oh so satisfying.
The Goodreads synopsis for this book is one of the things that drew me to it, so, instead of writing my own, I thought I’d share that one, because it’s perfectly intriguing without spoiling anything:
“Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.” In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable–something impossible.Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.
I read this book about a week ago, and I still can’t get over it! It’s easily one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read. I couldn’t put it down, and ended up reading almost all of it in a single sitting. Crouch managed some of the most effective plot twists I’ve ever seen – they seemed completely organic to the story, but were still totally unexpected. Absolutely brilliant! When I wasn’t freaking out over the story, I was marveling at how well-crafted it is. I also thought the science elements were explained clearly, but not too in-depth. They were easy to comprehend and didn’t distract from the story, even though they were a major part of the story. I really appreciated how well Crouch managed to blend the sci-fi and thriller genres. It was just perfect.
I’m going to stop gushing about this book (because if I’m being totally honest, I forgot to write this and it’s late and I have work early tomorrow), but I’ll just say that if you like either sci-fi books or thrillers, you need to read this. Everything about it was amazing, and it’s one of those rare books I wanted to reread immediately after turning the last page. I’m excited to explore Crouch’s other writing, because I think he might be a new favorite.
Obviously, I’m giving it five stars. It even made it onto my Goodreads favorites shelf, so you know it’s really good. Seriously, go read it now.
I also want to give a brief shoutout to the Book of the Month Club, which is where I got this book. It’s a great book subscription service – Dark Matter was my first pick – and I loved that I got to choose which book I wanted this month. If you click the link above and use code REFER50, I get a free book, and you get 50% off a 3-month membership, which gets you three hardcover new releases for under $25, and AMAZING deal if you ask me (if you don’t like any of the books, it’s really easy to skip a month as well). This post was not sponsored by BOTM, I just really loved my experience so far and wanted to share.
If you’ve read Dark Matter, let me know what you thought of it in the comments!