Breathe To Read

Breathe To Read

Monday, January 8, 2018

2018 Challenge - Book #9 - Dark Matter

We are back to the grind here in Basel Switzerland.  Kids went back to school today after a nice 2 week holiday break.  I do fear that chores, grocery shopping, and getting kids to and from school is going to slow my reading down, but we shall see.

Today's review is for:  Dark Matter
Author: Blake Crouch
Pages: 368

This is the story of a man named Jason.  He is a professor at a second rate college.  He has a wife, Daniela, and a teenage son, Charlie.  They live happily in Chicago.  One night, Jason goes out to get some groceries, and he is attacked.  When he wakes up, he is told he has been missing for 14 months.  He doesn't recognize any of the people around him.  They tell him he is a world renowned scientist who has discovered - basically - the quantum leap.  He doesn't believe them, and tries to escape.  He tries to make his way home, but when he gets there he finds that he is no longer married, and no longer has a son.  He sets off to figure out what has happened to him, and how to get back to his wife and child.

This was a great book.  I am a Blake Crouch fan - I read his Wayward Pines series - and this book did not disappoint.  It is well written, smart, and entertaining.  I didn't want to put it down, and last night I stayed up until 1:30am until I made myself quit reading.  It is full of action and plot twists that you don't see coming.  I did find myself gripping the book hard while I read thinking there was no way the character was going to get out of his particular situation.

The ending is a bit of a cliff hanger.  Some people would not like that, but me - I hope it means it will lead to a second installation.  We shall see.

Read the book.  You won't be disappointed.  And then if the movie comes out like planned, we might get to see the characters comes to life.

Stars: 4 1/2

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