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Dark matter

Dark matter

Paver, Michelle

January 1937. 28-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. After they reach the remote, uninhabited bay where they will camp for the next year, Gruhuken, Jack feels a creeping unease. One by one, his companions are forced to leave

Paperback, Book. English. Horror. Ghost stories.
Published London: Orion, 2011
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Statement of responsibility: Michelle Paver
ISBN: 1409121186, 9781409121183
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Note: Originally published: 2010.
Physical Description: 256, 24 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Arctic regions Discovery and exploration British Fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 4.8
Interest Level: MY
Points: 7
Quiz Number: 220715

Author note

Born in Malawi to a Belgian mother and a father who ran the tiny 'NYASALAND TIMES', Michelle Paver moved to the UK when she was three. She was brought up in Wimbledon and, following a Biochemistry Degree from Oxford, she became a partner in a big City law firm. She gave up the City to follow her long-held dream of becoming a writer. She is the author of the brilliantly successful children's series, THE CHRONICLES OF ANCIENT DARKNESS. DARK MATTER is her first adult ghost story. It arises from her lifelong love of the Arctic, which has taken her to northern Canada, Greenland, Scandinavia and Spitsbergen.


Evocative, chilling and superbly unsettling, it is very good indeed.
BOOKSELLER||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
SUNDAY TIMES||An atmospheric ghost story that would give Susan Hill a run for her money
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY||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!
WOMANS 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.
SAVIDGE READS Book Blog||Ghost stories don't frighten me much but this one did. Quite a lot, actually ... Chilling in every respect.||Dark Matter builds suspense brilliantly ... As well as a ghost story, it's a great portrayal of Svalbard and the experience of spending a winter in the Arctic.
ADVENTURE TRAVEL||A genuinely suspenseful and really quite chilling tale