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A Dark Matter (The Skelfs Book 1) by [Doug Johnstone]

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‘Dark, engrossing, impossible to put down. By turns a crime thriller, a family saga, and a page-turner, this book has everything!’  -- Luca Veste

'That rare book with heart and smarts to lift it above your average crime novel’  -- Stuart Neville

‘I can never get enough of Doug Johnstone’s thoughtful, observant, soul-lifting writing’  -- Louise Beech

‘Piercing, wonderfully real and so very readable … a breath of fresh air’  ―
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‘This is confident, assured characterisation that carries the story brilliantly well and keeps the reader utterly immersed in the interwoven story strands’  ―
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A Dark Matter is further proof that Doug Johnstone is as versatile a writer as they come … there’s rhythm and music in his words’ ― From Belgium with Booklove

‘A thriller that begs to be read in one sitting. Highly recommend’  ―
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‘Deliciously chilling, with a wry humour running throughout … toxic, unsettling and just perfect’  ―
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Doug Johnstone is the author of ten novels, most recently Breakers (2018), which was longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year. Several of his books have been bestsellers and award winners, and his work has been praised by the likes of Val McDermid, Irvine Welsh and Ian Rankin. He's taught creative writing and been writer in residence at various institutions, and has been an arts journalist for twenty years. Doug is a songwriter and musician with five albums and three EPs released, and he plays drums for the Fun Lovin' Crime Writers, a band of crime writers. He's also player-manager of the Scotland Writers Football Club. He lives in Edinburgh. Follow Doug on Twitter @doug_johnstone and visit his website: dougjohnstone.com. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07X9X2J4X
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ ORENDA BOOKS (23 November 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5286 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 395 pages
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Doug Johnstone is the author of thirteen novels, most recently The Great Silence (2021). His previous book, The Big Chill (2020), was longlisted for the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year. Several of his books have been bestsellers and three, A Dark Matter (2020), Breakers (2019) and The Jump (2015), were shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year. He’s taught creative writing and been writer in residence at various institutions over the last two decades including festivals, libraries, universities, schools, prisons and a funeral directors.

Doug is a Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow and works as a mentor and manuscript assessor for many organisations, including The Literary Consultancy, Scottish Book Trust and New Writing North. He's been an arts journalist for over twenty years and has also written many short stories and screenplays. He is a songwriter and musician with six albums and three EPs released, and plays drums for the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers, a band of crime writers. He’s also co-founder of the Scotland Writers Football Club.

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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 February 2021
This book is so good its my first 5 star rating of the year! It follows the story of the Skelf family who run a funeral parlour with a private investigation business on the side in Edinburgh. When the man of the house Jim dies he leaves his wife, daughter and granddaughter in a world of secrets and lies as they wrestle with their own grief and the murky business they've now been left to manage.
The book is extremely well written and the plot is excellent. All the characters are relatable and I felt myself genuinely loving or raging at people in the story as I was so immersed in it. I heard about the book in a list of Scottish fiction by The Scottish Book Trust and I'm so glad I decided to pick it up. I've already started the second book The Big Chill and I'll be preordering the third book when its available as its out in August!!
Pick it up you won't regret it :)
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