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The Dark Matter of Natasha
Author: Matthew R. Davis
Pages: 130
Psychological Thriller
Publication Date: 21st June 2022

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What’s this? I’ve posted a book review?! I haven’t been on it very recently with my blog but I’ve learnt not to push myself so I don’t enjoy it anymore. I really don’t want blogging to end up being a chore, so you will see me popping up now and again with new book reviews and hopefully other bookish posts. If you are Twitter, I have started posting more on there what I’ve been up to and what I am/have been reading so make sure to follow me over there if you’re interested. Now happy publication day to The Dark Matter of Natasha, just keep reading for my review!

Thank you The Write Reads, the publisher and the author for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review and a spot on the blog tour.


Natasha stalks the quiet streets of dead-end Lunar Bay like doom in a denim jacket. She’s a grim reminder that some teenagers can never escape the ever-tightening noose of their lives. Burned out and benumbed by a traumatic past, dogged by scurrilous small-town gossip, she finds solace in drugs, sex and Slayer. What horrors have her flat eyes witnessed? And how far will she go in pursuit of the one tiny spark of hope that still flickers in her haunted heart?

When a naïve transplant crosses her path, he’s drawn into shadow and doubt. With his girlfriend ghosting him, Natasha’s fresh introduction to her half-lit world is darkly appealing. Now faced with confusing quandaries—connection or convenience, relationship or exploitation—can he help any of the women in his life?  Or is he just helping himself? The untold tragedies of Natasha’s lonely life may be more than he can handle. And in a town whose history is littered with dead girls, there may be no happy ending for anyone.A tar-black coming of age story, this gritty psychological thriller from Shirley Jackson Award-nominated author Matthew R. Davis, eloquently chronicles the crushing gravity of small-town hopelessness, the double-edged catharsis of sex, drugs, and heavy metal, and the brutal weight of youth’s first lessons in accountability.

My Review

There is nothing about The Dark Matter of Natasha that I didn’t enjoy, I was captivated entirely from the first page and I just sat there until I’d finished. It’s not a long book and as much I would like to say it’s short & sweet, it’s very much a long way from that. It’s an incredibly powerful coming-of-age story full of emotion, trauma and just overall darkness. Despite this being such a bleak story, it will still completely grip you until the end.

The story starts off with our un-named 17 year old, a horny teenage guy going through life, trying to get his girlfriend to speak to him after she starts to ignore him. When he meets Natasha, the mysterious girl with a haunting past, he becomes fascinated by her, this is where the story starts to take a darker more intriguing turn. Not knowing what he wants to do with his life, he takes a page out of her book and he starts hanging out with Natasha smoking weed and having sex to see if he can find the appeal of this life. The more he hangs out with her, the more he learns about her heart wrenching life and also how other’s trauma can affect you. Even writing this review now, my heart is heavy and all I can think about is the trauma that these characters go through.

Overall, The Dark Matter of Natasha is a story that will simply stay with you days after reading. I love a good dark, psychological thriller and this is no exception. It can be quite a heavy read at times and a lot to take in but I love it when a book can really make you feel all the raw emotion coming from the characters. I just really love a good dark, thought provoking story, what can I say. This is one you will definitely have to read for yourself to get the full impact!

Rating: 5/5

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About the Author

Matthew R. Davis is an author and musician based in Adelaide, South Australia.

His work has been shortlisted for, and sometimes won, the Shirley Jackson Awards, Aurealis Awards, Australian Shadows Awards, and the WSFA Small Press Award.

He plays bass and sings in heavy rock/metal bands such as icecocoon and Blood Red Renaissance, dabbles with poetry, video editing, and visual art, and works on projects with his photographer partner.

He is the author of Supermassive Black Mass (novelette, Demain Publishing, 2019), If Only Tonight We Could Sleep (horror stories, Things in the Well, 2020) and Midnight in the Chapel of Love (novel, JournalStone, 2021).

He loves all kinds of metal from Mötley Crüe to Pig Destroyer and his favourite Slayer album is Seasons in the Abyss.

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27 June 2022 at 1:50 pm

Fantastic review Ellie Mai, I’m glad you enjoyed it so much. I’ll have to read it soon myself!

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