Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Title: Dark Matter

Author: Blake Crouch

Publication Date: 26 July 2016

Genre: science fiction, thriller


(Before I give the synopsis, I want to say I’d recommend going into this book knowing nothing about it, like I did. Of course, if you’d like to read a synopsis anyway, go ahead, otherwise, skip this.)

Jason Dessen is walking home through the chilly Chicago streets one night, looking forward to a quiet evening in front of the fireplace with his wife, Daniela, and their son, Charlie—when his reality shatters.

It starts with a man in a mask kidnapping him at gunpoint, for reasons Jason can’t begin to fathom—what would anyone want with an ordinary physics professor?—and grows even more terrifying from there, as Jason’s abductor injects him with some unknown drug and watches while he loses consciousness.

When Jason awakes, he’s in a lab, strapped to a gurney—and a man he’s never seen before is cheerily telling him “welcome back!”

Jason soon learns that in this world he’s woken up to, his house is not his house. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born.

And someone is hunting him. (Goodreads)


My rating: 4 out of 5

This book had a very intriguing start. All I knew was that it was science fiction and I haven’t read much sci-fi so I didn’t know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised.

I have to say, I preferred the plot to the characters in this book. Jason, the main character, was alright. The other characters were alright. They were all just alright. There’s not one character where I can say “Yes, you’re my favourite!” I felt bad for them when I was supposed to and happy for them when I was supposed to. They just did the job. In my opinion, the premise and the unique story is what makes this book so brilliant so I didn’t even mind. This book doesn’t need you to be attached to any characters to enjoy it.

The plot is what makes this book. As much as I liked the characters, I loved the story and don’t think I could have come up with something like this myself. This book offers much more than you expect it to when you first pick it up. I’m actually scared to give away too much just because of how much I enjoyed going into this blindly. I do have to share minor spoilers, though, otherwise this review would end here lmao.

I’m a sucker for philosophical questions and scientific topics in books, so this was right up my lane. And the plot twists were amazing. I went from being annoyed with some characters to being on their side, from kind of understanding what’s going on to being completely mind-blown yet again.

To be honest, in the first half, there were some chapters that somewhat dragged on but after a certain plot twist, it becomes obvious why some characters were acting the way they did and that even those “boring chapters” were important. I had an actual “aha”-moment. This might have been obvious but it came as a complete surprise to me. The plot twists were so good in this story.

I don’t have much to say about the end. It was nice, it was fitting. There was an abrupt ending for one of the characters, but it was understandable so. I don’t have anything negative to say.

Unfortunately I can’t comment on Crouch’s writing since I did read a translated version. They didn’t have an original English version at the library so I opted for the German one.

I would also like to say that Dark Matter has the potential to be an incredible film. I read somewhere that a film adaptation is in development and I really hope that’s true. This story on the big screen? Count me in!

Although I didn’t criticise much in this review, I didn’t give it a 5-star rating. Why? I only give those if I’m truly blown away and touched by both the characters and the story. As much as I enjoyed Dark Matter, a 4-star rating is perfect from me. I definitely recommend this book! I might read another one of Crouch’s books.

Are you planning on reading it, too? Have you read it? And do you agree/disagree?

7 thoughts on “Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

  1. Belle says:

    Nice review, Heran 😁! Dark Matter is one of my favorite books! I definitely agree that it’s one of those books readers should go into blindly—it makes the plot twist even more unpredictable. It’s also exciting to hear that there’s a movie adaptation in the making. I hope it does the book justice 😬.

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