Dark Matter (Paperback)
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Dark Matter (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 01/09/2011
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A terrifying 1930s ghost story set in the haunting wilderness of the far north.

January 1937. Clouds of war are gathering over a fogbound London. Twenty-eight year old Jack is poor, lonely and desperate to change his life. So when he's offered the chance to join an Arctic expedition, he jumps at it. Spirits are high as the ship leaves Norway: five men and eight huskies, crossing the Barents Sea by the light of the midnight sun. At last they reach the remote, uninhabited bay where they will camp for the next year. Gruhuken.

But the Arctic summer is brief. As night returns to claim the land, Jack feels a creeping unease. One by one, his companions are forced to leave. He faces a stark choice. Stay or go. Soon he will see the last of the sun, as the polar night engulfs the camp in months of darkness. Soon he will reach the point of no return - when the sea will freeze, making escape impossible.

And Gruhuken is not uninhabited. Jack is not alone. Something walks there in the dark...

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781409121183
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 252 g
Dimensions: 199 x 176 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'This gripping ghost story has moments of horror and beauty.' - Sunday Telegraph

'Paver's descriptions of the topography are marvellously vivid and add to the sense of menace that suffuses the story.' - Joan Smith, Sunday Times

'An atmospheric ghost story that would give Susan Hill a run for her money.' - Independent on Sunday

'Evocative, chilling and superbly unsettling, it is very good indeed.' - Sarah Broadhurst, Bookseller

'A chilling period piece, Dark Matter cunningly illustrates how fear, rather than death, is the great equaliser.' - Independent

'More than just a ghost story, this is an exquisitely told psychological thriller. Unputdownable!' - Woman's Weekly 

'A genuinely terrifying tale ... I cannot recommend this novel enough, especially in these dark nights, you will certainly get more than you bargained for. I did.' - Simon Savidge

'Ghost stories don't frighten me much but this one did. Quite a lot, actually ... Chilling in every respect.' - Richard Madeley

'A genuinely suspenseful and really quite chilling tale.' - Times Higher Education Supplement

Amy's Eclectic Reads: A Book Club for the Curious - November

Amy's Eclectic Reads: A Book Club for the Curious - November

Cambridge
Tuesday 15th November 18:00 - 19:15

Join us for a discussion of Michelle Paver's Dark Matter (2010) – a haunting tale of an Arctic expedition. “A magnificent contemporary ghost story, packing a powerful charge of unease and mounting fear. The wastes of the Arctic night are devoid of humanity, warmth and company, the very home of hopelessness loneliness and threat, and their atmosphere clings to the inner walls of the mind.” SUSAN HILL, AUTHOR OF THE WOMAN IN BLACK, THE TIMES Free online event. All welcome.

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Grace At Birmingham

“Missed the mark for me”

This tale of arctic exploration and ghosts of past deeds sadly missed the mark with me. Although her descriptions of the desolate and isolated environment are beautiful, Paver doesn't conjoure up enough... More

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Emma Prince at Portsmouth

“Scared out of my wits!”

This book is still haunting me, especially whenever I recommend it to someone as I retell the story of the ghostly apparition with the stooped shoulder and the loneliness of being stranded in the Arctic at the coldest... More

Paperback edition
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“An Arctic Story”

There is only one word to describe this book, chilling.

Jack is offered the chance to join an Arctic expedition, and jumps at it. There are four in the group who are going to overwinter in Gruhuken to take weather... More

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