The Dark by Emma Haughton @Emma_Haughton @HodderBooks #20booksofsummer21 (10/20) #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review as part of the blog tour for The Dark by Emma Haughton today. With thanks to Jenny at Hodder for the invite to join the tour and for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

In the most inhospitable environment – cut off from the rest of the world – there’s a killer on the loose. 

A&E doctor Kate North has been knocked out of her orbit by a personal tragedy. So when she’s offered the opportunity to be an emergency replacement at the UN research station in Antarctica, she jumps at the chance. The previous doctor, Jean-Luc, died in a tragic accident while out on the ice.

The move seems an ideal solution for Kate: no one knows about her past; no one is checking up on her. But as total darkness descends for the winter, she begins to suspect that Jean-Luc’s death wasn’t accidental at all. 

And the more questions she asks, the more dangerous it becomes . . .


In The Dark we meet A&E doctor, Kate who is offered a job in Antarctica at the UN research station. The previous doctor died in a tragic accident on the ice. However things don’t quite seem as straightforward and Kate begins to suspect that there’s more to his death.

One of the things that really fascinated me about this story was the lack of daylight and the effects it had on the characters. I couldn’t help but wonder what effect that would have on me. Could I even cope with complete darkness?! The pacing is steady throughout although I would describe it as a slow burn kind of story. There is a building tension that at first just bubbles below the surface but the more Kate uncovers the more it threatens to spill over.

I do think that there was just the right amount of suspects. Not too many characters that I got confused over who was who but enough to add intrigue. Along with trying to make me second guess everything. All of the characters had different personalities which definitely helped to set them apart from each other. Kate herself is an intriguing character, her past is still very much affecting her in the present. Although she is determined to try and escape from her issues but was venturing to one of the remotest places on Earth really the best idea?!

The Dark has a brilliant setting, one that easily created a tense atmosphere. The hostile environment of Antarctica provided an extra menacing threat. Which combined nicely with the unknown threat from within camp. You also get to see the everyday workings of the base. Seeing the friendships and trouble that came with working in close confines. This of course helps to build the momentum of suspicion. The “locked room” element definitely gave The Dark an interesting angle too. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters, suspecting everyone and trying to get to the bottom of things!

5 thoughts on “The Dark by Emma Haughton @Emma_Haughton @HodderBooks #20booksofsummer21 (10/20) #BlogTour #Review

  1. Great review Rae. I read a Shalini Boland book set in Antarctica and that was very interesting so this one also intrigues me. Thanks for putting it on my radar.


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