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This Little Dark Place by A. S. Hatch

This Little Dark Place

A. S. Hatch

3.67 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: Profile Books Ltd
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Publication date: 10 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9781788162029
3 stars out of 5
Laura Wilson
18 Oct 2019

"this elegantly creepy skin-crawler is well worth the read"

Set in a small, depressed town on the Lancashire coast, AS Hatch’s debut This Little Dark Place centres on carpenter Daniel, whose wife Victoria turns away from him after the miscarriage of a longed-for pregnancy...

As with all epistolary novels – Daniel is writing to someone called Lucy from an undisclosed location some years later – suspension of belief is required, and, while the recipient’s identity is not hard to guess, this elegantly creepy skin-crawler is well worth the read.

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4 stars out of 5
Mark Sanderson
12 Oct 2019

"a short, sharp shocker"

Victoria and Daniel’s relationship falls apart when they fail to have a baby...

Hatch’s promising debut is a short, sharp shocker that keeps you guessing to the end. “Love is sacred... Sometimes this means doing things that other people don’t understand.”
 

 
4 stars out of 5
10 Oct 2019

"This has an intensity and drama that explodes on the first page and lingers long after you have finished reading."

This has an intensity and drama that explodes on the first page and lingers long after you have finished reading. Told through letters, the plot revolves around Daniel, an unhappily married man, who starts writing to Ruby, a violent prisoner, via a pen-pal programme. The timeline switches between the past and the present and intriguingly opens in 2033 by which time Daniel is himself in prison, writing to a mysterious girl called Lucy. How and why Daniel ended up in prison is well told, but the real skill is in the fearless examination of the primitive instincts we are all subject to and the way sudden tenderness can triumph.