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Dark Matter Hardcover – 26 July 2016

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"You'll gulp Dark Matter down in one afternoon, or more likely one night... Alternate-universe science fiction [and] a countdown thriller in which the hero must accomplish an impossible task to save his family. There's always another door to open, and another page to turn."
--New York Times Book Review

"A mind-blowing sci-fi/suspense/love-story mash-up."
--Entertainment Weekly

"A fast, tasty read with a killer twist. It's a whole bag of barbecue chips...just sitting there waiting for you to devour in one long rush."
--NPR.org

"A hard tale to shake...makes its characters -- and readers -- wonder what life would have been like had they made different decisions. Relatable and unnerving."
--USA Today

"Propulsive...Dark Matter has plenty of heady concepts and phantasmagorical plotting. But it is also beguilingly rooted in [its hero's] desperate travails, elevating this page-turning adventure into an entirely different dimension."
--Entertainment Weekly

"A blockbuster read that channels Michael Crichton... I can't remember when I last sat down and blew through a book in literally a single sitting."
--The Verge

"A dazzling book for summer [with] a mind-bending premise, a head-spinning plot that's dialogue-driven and adrenaline-fueled, and a gut-wrenching climax that gave me goose bumps."
--Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"Draws on questions and anxieties we all wrestle with in the dark hours...Crouch has invested [sci-fi motifs] with scientific plausibility, and more unusually, with emotional depth."
--Wall Street Journal

"Crouch takes a sharp sci-fi premise and infuses it with love...A gripping page-turner [that is] concerned above all with the heart, and what we do to it--or let happen to it--over time. Dark Matter is It's A Wonderful Life for the 21st century"
--AVClub.com

"[A] mind-blowing speculative-science thriller that throws in an old-fashioned love story for good measure."
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Enormously compelling...the fastest, strangest thriller you'll read this year."
--Mashable.com

"Might be the most helter-skelter, race-to-the-finish-line thriller you'll read all year, with a clever, mind-boggling final twist."
--The Guardian

"A pacy, action-driven SF thriller...terse prose, strong characterisation and clever twists make for a quick, smart, engrossing read."
--Financial Times

"A high-tension thriller...always engaging and frequently moving. A strong piece of summertime get-away reading, perfect for those times when the mind wanders to contemplate an alternate reality of endless vacation."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"Exciting, suspenseful and frightening, yet also poignant and heartwarming, DARK MATTER is one of the best books of any year...or any reality."
--Book Reporter

"A mind-bending odyssey of parallel worlds and causality [that] unfolds with all the suspense and strength of a more straightforward thriller, building up to a deliciously surreal climax...memorable and well-rounded characters add a big, beating heart to the tale."
--New York Journal of Books

"Brilliant. A book to remember. I think Blake Crouch just invented something new."
--Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series

"Exceptional. An exciting, ingeniously plotted adventure about love, regret, and quantum superposition. It's been a long time since a novel sucked me in and kept me turning pages the way this one did."
--Andy Weir, New York Times bestselling author of The Martian

"A masterful, truly original work of suspense. Crouch delivers laser-focused prose, a plot that melds science fiction and thriller to brilliant effect, and a touching, twisted love story that plays out in ways you'll never see coming. It all adds up to one hell of a ride."
--Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling author of The Stranger

"Wow. I gulped down Dark Matter in one sitting and put it down awed and amazed by the ride. It's fast, smart, addictive-- and the most creative, head-spinning novel I've read in ages. A truly remarkable thriller."
--Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series

"A mind-bending thriller of the first order, not merely a rollicking entertainment but a provocative investigation into the nature of second chances, all of it wrapped in a genius sci-fi package. I dare you to put it down, because I sure couldn't."
--Justin Cronin, New York Times bestselling author of the Passage Trilogy.

"The kind of book the word "thriller" was coined for -- a shooting star through multiple genres, posing fundamental questions about identity and reality before revealing itself as, at its core, a love story. Smart, fast, powerful, and ultimately touching."
--Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Guilty Minds and Suspicion

"An addictive read! When the quantum mechanics kick in (no kidding!), hold onto your horses -- you're in for an intelligent, breath-taking ride."
--John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of The Fall and The Oath

"Blake Crouch yet again proves himself to be a master. Nonstop pacing, fascinating characters and an ingenious concept all come together flawlessly in a crescendo of pursuit, danger, and romance all the way to a surprising and satisfying slam-bang conclusion."
--Barry Eisler, New York Times bestselling author of the John Rain series

"Excellent characterization and well-crafted tension...the rousing and heartfelt ending will leave readers cheering."
--Publishers Weekly

"Suspenseful, frightening, and sometimes poignant."
--Kirkus

"Crouch keeps the pace swift and the twists exciting. Readers who liked his Wayward Pines trilogy will probably devour this speculative thriller in one sitting [as will] those who enjoy roller-coaster reads in the vein of Harlan Coben."
--Booklist

About the Author

Blake Crouch is best known for the Wayward Pines trilogy, which has sold more than a million copies and was adapted into a prime-time event series on FOX. He lives in Colorado.

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Mr Archibald Simpson
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable book but not, "The Most Mind-Blowing And Twisted Thriller Of The Year!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original and engrossing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It really is a Quantum Leap...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mind-bending philosophical journey immaculately dressed as a fast-paced thriller.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A holiday page-turner... but nothing more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twisting thriller with strong sci fi element
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing :(
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5.0 out of 5 stars What if you made different choices?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice, fast moving sci-fi-thriller based upon the un-original premise ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced, certainly
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