Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

The world of Bookstagram is a wonderful place. For whatever reason, I just find peace scrolling through these images of people and their books, sharing their passion for reading. While the pressure is less than with general social media, I do still have a ton of envy for people’s book stacks. One of my favorite book bloggers, @alltheradreads, received a different Blake Crouch book and posted about it. Then, I saw Dark Matter available through my library and grabbed it!

The Background

I think the premise of this book will make more sense if you have a general understanding of what dark matter is.

In astronomy and cosmology, dark matter is hypothetical matter that is undetectable by its emitted radiation, but whose presence can be inferred from gravitational effects on visible matter.

Essentially, dark matter is the matter between all of the other matter that we can’t really see or determine.

The Story

Jason Dessen is a happy guy in a wonderful relationship with his wife Daniela. They have a 15 year old named Charlie. Jason is a physics professor at a local college in Chicago. Then, on his way home from celebrating with a colleague, Jason is abducted at gunpoint.

He wakes up in a hospital surrounded by people who know him, but who he has never met in his life. From there, shit really hits the fan.

My Thoughts on Dark Matter

This book was so unlike things I generally read or enjoy! Once things become overly scientific, I get lost. However, Dark Matter was the perfect mix of science and psychology and suspense. I really loved it, and it grabbed by attention. If you follow me on Goodreads, you’ll see that I gave it four stars (instead of five). There was a TON of build up to the end of the book, and I just wished I had had maybe a few more paragraphs about the next steps for the Dessen family.

I read this book primarily on my Amazon Fire Tablet, which now offers infinite scroll! It was one of my favorite things in May, and I can’t wait to read more. It kept me reading even after I turned out the lights for the night. Dark Matter was just that good!

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