A Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone

A Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone

Thank you to Anne Cater for the invite to review A Dark Matter, thank you to Karen Sullivan of Orenda Books for sending me the book and a massive thank you to Doug Johnstone for writing this stunningly brilliant thriller.

The Back of the Book

Meet the Skelfs…

A well-known Edinburgh family, proprietors of a long-established funeral home business, and private investigators…

When patriarch Jim dies, it’s left to his wife Dorothy, daughter Jenny and granddaughter Hannah to take charge of both businesses, kicking off an unexpected series of events.

Dorothy discovers mysterious payments to another woman, suggesting that Jim wasn’t the husband she thought he was. Hannah’s best friend Mel has vanished from university, and the simple adultery case that Jenny takes on leads to something stranger and far darker than any of them could have imagined.

As the women struggle to come to terms with their grief, and the demands of the business threaten to overwhelm them, secrets from the past emerge, which change everything…

A compelling, tense and shocking thriller and a darkly funny and warm portrait of a family in turmoil, A Dark Matter introduces a cast of unforgettable characters, marking the start of an additive new series.

My Thoughts

What can I say… what a start to a series. Doug Johnstone has his work cut out to keep up with A Dark Matter but I have no doubt in my mind that he will knock us out of the park yet again with the next in this series.

To say A Dark Matter is a page turner, magnificent and mesmerising feels like an understatement. I am wildly excited about this series and this is book one

Dorothy, Jenny and Hannah are extremely wicked and fantastic characters, brought to life in every single page. Doug Johnstone has amazed me with the situations these ladies get into and the way they deal with them. 

If I wasn’t laughing, reminiscing or being shocked and shouting ‘NO’ or ‘OMG’ at them, I had tears in my eyes crying with them. My heart was either racing or sinking. Was A Dark Matter emotive… eeh by gum it was!

So much so I am all of a sudden from Yorkshire!

A Dark Matter is multiple extraordinary thrillers in one novel. This introduction to the Skelfs couldn’t have been better.

I cannot wait for the next in the series. It is no wonder that Doug Johnstone has been shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Best Scottish Crime Novel with Breakers. 

Author Bio

Doug Johnstone is the author of ten novels, most recently Breakers (2018), which has been shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year. Several of his books have been bestsellers and award winners, and his work has been praised by the likes of Val McDermid, Irvine Welsh and Ian Rankin. He’s taught creative writing and been writer in residence at various institutions – including a funeral home – and has been an arts journalist for twenty years. Doug is a songwriter and musician with five albums and three EPs released, and he plays drums for the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers, a band of crime writers. He’s also player manager of the Scotland Writers Football Club. He lives in Edinburgh.

A Dark Matter will be published in paperback on 23 January 2020 by Orenda Books. Buy your copy here. It is currently available as a Kindle Edition here.

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