Dark Matter by Michelle Paver

A nicely written ghost story – spooky and atmospheric with believable and relatable characters. The downside was that it felt like it was trying to be too many other things – a story of unrequited love and unaddressed homosexuality and a book about science and exploration. Despite the misleading title, there is very little actual science or physics that features in the book. The one brief reference to dark matter felt unnatural and forced – I can think of a hundred more suitable titles. Nevertheless the psychological struggle of the main character, his gradually increasing stress in the darkness and isolation, the ritualistic behaviour as a coping mechanism, his paranoia and the befriending of the husky, Isaak, were all very well done. Was the island really haunted? Or was the haunting a figment induced by a mind pushed into madness? Closer to 3.5 stars than 3, but not quite warranting that fourth.

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