Darke Matter is a brilliant, mordant examination of the nature and obligations of love. Both immensely sad and extremely funny, the story wrestles with one of the great moral issues of our time.
James Darke helped his beloved wife, Suzanne, die. And now he is holed up in his house waiting for his daughter, Lucy, son-in-law, Sam, and beloved grandson, Rudy, to arrive for Christmas.
But what James does not realise is that Sam is still troubled by the part James played in Suzanne's recent death. Thus, the events that will come to tear apart the family - and force James to confront one of the most difficult moral dilemmas of our age - are set in motion.
Praise for DARKE:
'An original and bleakly funny portrait of grief' - Economist
'A supreme example of a natural and skilled storyteller' - Colm Toibin
'Surprising . . . with a warmth that is genuinely and unexpectedly moving' - Guardian
'A wondrous book with two fathers, Kingsley Amis and Dante' - Sebastian Barry
'Makes for dark, thrilling reading . . . In James Darke, Gekoski has created a powerful, raging voice' - Spectator
'I was beguiled and charmed by the vivid personality being revealed. By that, and by the fact that I couldn't stop reading. Gekoski puts words together with a sure touch and deep craftsmanship' - Philip Pullman
'Rick Gekoski's impressive debut novel . . . Darke is both a tender and hard-hitting examination of grief and the slow, singular healing process . . . A brilliantly vivid