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Dark Matter: the gripping ghost story from the author of WAKENHYRST

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So when he’s offered the chance to be the wireless operator on 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. A large manor house, Wake's End, sits on the edge of a bleak Fen, just outside the town of Wakenhyrst. It is the home of Edmund Stearn and his family – a historian, scholar and land-owner, he's an upstanding member of the local community. But all is not well at Wake's End. Edmund dominates his family tyrannically, in particular daughter Maud. When Maud's mother dies in childbirth and she's left alone with her strict, disciplinarian father, Maud's isolation drives her to her father's study, where she happens upon his diary. Ich mochte das Setting sehr gerne; es hatte eine düstere, schaurige Atmosphäre. Perfekt für lange Winterabende. Helped by sneaking in to her father’s study and reading his personal notebook (diary) - she learns many things, some that she struggles to understand! A spooky and atmospheric ghost story, the Perfect reading material for dark October/November long dark nights. I am always on the look out for a good chilling style story at this time of year. I am not a fan of Horror and or guts and gore just a good old fashioned Ghost Story is what floats my boat.

Michelle Paver is most famous for writing a series of fantasy novels for younger readers - which I have not read - and Dark Matter, subtitled A Ghost Story, is her first novel for adult readers. I had never heard of a ‘Doom’ and on googling the Wenhaston Doom that Paver used as inspiration for the Wakenhyrst Doom, I found that the images were fantastic! perfectly executed little ghost story set in the Arctic wastes in the late 1930s, featuring the adventures of AN AWESOME HUSKY NAMED ISAAK and I suppose some humans as well. A blood-curdling ghost story, evocative not just of icy northern wastes but of a mind turning in on itself.” And I also have something bad to say about this novel: It fulfills every promise of the standard gothic mystery formula.did we read this book: Both of us loved Michelle Paver’s adult Ghost story Dark Matter and wanted to try her new series […]

Michelle Paver (born 7 September 1960) is a British novelist and children's writer, known for the historical fantasy series Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, set in prehistoric Europe. [1] For the sixth book of the series, Ghost Hunter (2009) she won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a book award judged by a panel of British children's writers. [2] Biography [ edit ] 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. Es gibt Tagebücher des Vaters, die heimlich von der Tochter gelesen werden und so immer mehr offenbaren. Gerade zu Beginn hat mich das sehr gefesselt.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. A lonely existence without a mother, the young girls relationship with her domineering father adds to her isolation. Also, for a female writer, she has an embarrassingly solid grasp on what makes these boy's adventures so indulgently fun. Building huts, surviving from rations, using a mix of scientific and practical knowledge to keep yourself alive and comfortable in an inhospitable environment. These are the hidden joys of the majority of male fiction, from Tintin to Mad Max and boy does Paver nail it * THE HERBERT WEST MEMORIAL SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL * Dark Matter while easily accessible, is more than a chilling read. It carries a poignancy that lingers, not unlike the frozen island of Gruhuken * MSLEXIA *

Delphyne – You’re very welcome! Let me know what you think once you’ve had a chance to read this one! I was captivated by Paver's Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series for children so I couldn't wait to read her first adult ghost story -- Emma Lee Potter * DAILY EXPRESS * This is a book written for the adult market but will be enjoyed just as much by many readers who fall within the so-called Young Adult age range. There is no bad language, no sex, no blood or gore - this is pure ghost story that relies on a mastery of the craft of writing to create a sense of lingering terror in the reader that will not go away easily once the book is finished * BOOKZONE4BOYS * Joint Review: The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James | The Book Smugglers March 21, 2012 at 9:31 am Wakenhyrst mostly takes place in the early 20th century, just prior to the first World War, and combines creepy medieval church art; old religious notions of witchcraft, demonic possession, and saintly miracles; lingering pagan superstitions (leaving a bowl of bread and milk at the door, for witches); a creaky old manor house; the eerie natural beauty of the watery fens. The details of a murder are provided upfront, the rest of the book covers the events leading up to it. So you get a great early hook, but it also means the book drags a little towards the end - knowing what’s coming, I grew impatient to finally get there, and it’s a real slow burn.This book is set in the east of England. The large manor house Wakes End is set on the edge of wild, eerie fenland. Odours from the swamps infiltrate the house and it’s dangerous to wander outside alone. Except they don’t. Not completely anyways. There is more to this mountain, and all the training and mountaineering experience won’t prepare them for it. This book made me scared of the word Glacier. If I had any desire to climb a mountain it's totally erased now(I am scared) The atmosphere is impeccable. I literally walked together with Stephen and his groups through the ice monster. If you love a slow-building, atmospheric ghost story DON'T MISS THIS!

Why did I read this book: After hitting so many duds and meh reads lately, I decided that I was really in the mood for something dark and terrifying. I had completely forgotten that I had Dark Matter on my shelf, and then I remembered how much Ana loved the book when she read it last year. It seemed like the perfect time to give the book a read. I adored how Paver made the natural surroundings in the book of central importance to the characters: Stearne who fears the marsh and the fenland and Maud who feels truly herself when she is in the wildnerness of the fens, a forbidding place, but the only place she can truly be herself. Religion is an important aspect of the book, but nature is the true spirit in this book, where absolution and judgement takes place. Nature wins. The windswept wilderness, the old creaking house, the old man Jubel who lives rough in the fen and the eerie going’s on, all equate to a fabulously atmospheric read.Dark Matter is terrifying. The only novel to really get under my skin and infiltrate my nightmares.” Kaethe – Thanks for the recommendation! I must confess I’ve never heard of Cold Skin, but it’s been added to my wishlist. Author Michelle Paver was another wonder to me. Her knowledge of life in the Arctic is so extensive I had to find out more about her and read that Michelle traveled to Finland, Greenland, Sweden, Norway, Arctic Canada, and the Carpathian Mountains. She has slept on reindeer skins, swum with wild killer whales, and gotten nose to nose with polar bears and wolves to research her books. That explained why her book was so realistic and believable. Thin Air is an interesting book about a group that decides to climb Kangchenjunga in India. I was quite fascinated with the books premise. Horror stories that take place in isolated places are great and I was quite looking forward to being swept off my feet. Unfortunately, it didn't happen. I liked the story, but I didn't love it. There were interesting moments, but I just felt that I never really connected with either Stephen Pearce or his fellow travelers. I liked the idea that one of the men from the previous expedition was left behind and that Stephen Pearce felt haunted. But, it just never got really interesting.

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