Emma Haughton: The Dark

This review is written with thanks to Pigeonhole for the opportunity to read and review The Dark.


A&E doctor Kate North has been knocked out of her orbit by a personal tragedy. So when she’s offered the opportunity to be an emergency replacement at the UN research station in Antarctica, she jumps at the chance. The previous doctor, Jean-Luc, died in a tragic accident while out on the ice.

The move seems an ideal solution for Kate: no one knows about her past; no one is checking up on her. But as total darkness descends for the winter, she begins to suspect that Jean-Luc’s death wasn’t accidental at all.

And the more questions she asks, the more dangerous it becomes . . .


This book was recommended to me some time ago so I was delighted to see it on Pigeonhole. It did not disappoint! I loved the atmosphere the author created and was really taken in by it. I’m a naturally cold person but I was shivering even more than usual as I read about the Antarctic setting. There were so many things the people on the base had to consider that had never even occurred to me and I found their routine really interesting. 

There are several characters in The Dark for the reader to get their head around. It did take me a while to get to grips with everyone and as there are so many characters, some of them inevitably take a back seat when perhaps I would have liked to know more. The novel is narrated by Kate. She’s the station doctor, but to be quite honest, I wouldn’t like to receive any medical treatment from her! I do love an unreliable narrator though and as she works through her theories as to what happened to Jean-Luc, I felt the tension rising and wondered who was telling the truth. No-one is above suspicion and I enjoyed trying to fit the pieces of the jigsaw together myself. 

Even as we approached the end of The Dark, I still had no idea who the perpetrator was. The novel is really gripping and I was on tenterhooks the whole way through!

The Dark is available from Amazon.

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