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A Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone

A Dark Matter

Doug Johnstone

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2 reviews

Imprint: Orenda Books
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication date: 23 Jan 2020
ISBN: 9781912374984

Three generations of women take over the family funeral-home and PI businesses in the first book of a taut, page-turning and darkly funny new series.

4 stars out of 5
Barry Forshaw
7 Feb 2020

"she manages to instil pleasurable apprehension in the reader as the net tightens around her heroine"

As with Kara’s first novel The Rumour, paranoia is the plot engine here, and she manages to instil pleasurable apprehension in the reader as the net tightens around her heroine.

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4 stars out of 5
Alison Flood
28 Jan 2020

"...gripping and blackly humorous – bring on the next one"

A Dark Matter is the first in a new series from the criminally underrated Johnstone, whose Breakers, shortlisted for the McIlvanney prize, is a devastatingly bleak, touching look at the life of a teenage Edinburgh burglar. His warm portrait of the tough, indomitable Skelf women is gripping and blackly humorous – bring on the next one.