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Dark Matter: A Ghost Story [Kindle Edition]

Michelle Paver
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (347 customer reviews)

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Dark Matter is compulsive and chilling but Jeremy Northam's reading adds a whole new dimension. (Kati Nicholl DAILY EXPRESS)

This powerful ghost story is anchored so securely in reality that the supernatural element seems entirely credible - and is all the more unsettling. ... The skilled narration further enchances the chilling reality of Jack's life-changing experiences. Totally brilliant. (OBSERVER)

as an audiobook [Dark Matter] is wonderful. ... just the sound of the narrator's steady, emotive voice, the frozon stillness and silence of Gruhuken is brought to life. ... Highly recommended. (I WISH I WAS A BOOK blog)

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'Dark Matter is compulsive and chilling but Jeremy Northam's reading adds a whole new dimension.' -- Kati Nicholl DAILY EXPRESS 'This powerful ghost story is anchored so securely in reality that the supernatural element seems entirely credible - and is all the more unsettling. ... The skilled narration further enchances the chilling reality of Jack's life-changing experiences. Totally brilliant.' OBSERVER 'as an audiobook [Dark Matter] is wonderful. ... just the sound of the narrator's steady, emotive voice, the frozon stillness and silence of Gruhuken is brought to life. ... Highly recommended.' I WISH I WAS A BOOK blog

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 697 KB
  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1409123782
  • Publisher: Orion (21 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047CPB1K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (347 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,360 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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. Successfully published as an adult author, the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness were her first books for children and her brilliant new series, Gods and Warriors, is just beginning . . .

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 23 Feb 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm not a fan of ghost stories, but I like the odd one or two and this one is no exception. A crossover/adult novel which definitely gave me the creeps and I'm not easily moved. Set in Spitsbergen in 1937, 5 young hopefuls plan a geographical expedition to study weather, glaciers etc, but just before departure two have to drop out and three set off. The Norwegian ship captain is reluctant to take them to their exact destination, but with much persuasion eventually does, without telling them the reason for his reluctance. However once there, Jack Miller starts to experience strange feelings and premonitions which he records in his diary. When another colleague gets sick and the two of them have to depart for a while, Jack offers to stay and as it approaches the time of year for perpetual darkness, so his fears, imaginings and visions increase. He discovers that the area is believed to be haunted by a former miner who was murdered, but is it, or is it the madness of lonliness and darkness setting in? A very good read, keeping you gripped as the ending approaches and not at all fully predicatble. More please. Also remind me of The Solitude of Thomas Cave.
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112 of 120 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A chilly thrill! 26 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Michelle Paver is best-known for her very enjoyable young adult series `The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness'. Dark Matter is not Paver's first adult novel but it is her first ghost story. It is an eerie story set in the Arctic in the late 1930s. Dark Matter is told in the first person through the journal of Jack Miller. Jack Miller is poor and eager to change his life so when four upper-class young men offer him the chance to be a wireless operator on an Arctic expedition he jumps at the chance even though the difference in their class makes him the odd man out.

The expedition seems to be doomed from the start and there are inklings of chilling things to come on the deserted bay of Gruhuken.
What makes Dark Matter so effective is Paver's clever evocation of the stark and desolate landscape of the Arctic and Jack's increasing isolation as the novel progresses. It is more of a psychological novel than a gory sort of ghost story but the best ghost stories often are. It is the suggestion of the ghost which creates the most suspense and there is a genuine sense of unease throughout the novel which Paver manages to keep up all the way through.

What I also liked is the relationships in the novel which I felt lifted it from the normal, run-of-mill ghost story into something really interesting. The tense relationships between Jack and his fellow explorers - Gus and Algie being the main ones and Gus in particular- and Jack's relationship with the husky Isaak which is finely portrayed and the most warming part in a very chilly novel!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very effective 21 Oct 2010
By M. Dale
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
It's hard to write much about this book without spoiling the plot, so this will be brief. Set just before WWII in the 30s, the book follows the story of a scientific expedition to the Arctic in the form of the journal of one of its members.

Although it's slow to start, what follows is a genuinely creepy and at times intense story. Fans of blood and gore won't be impressed as this is very much a psychological thriller, but I enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it to others to read.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A proper page-turner 25 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover
I ordered this book on the strength of a review in The Guardian - and I'm so glad I did! I was intrigued by the premise: living the long Arctic night in the company of a ghost. The writing is superb - so evocative, and the descriptions of both the natural environment (northern lights, the colours of sunset on snow) and of the expedition members' day-to-day lives was beautifully done.

The shocks in this book are well-placed. I'm a lover of a good ghost story, and I found I was holding my breath and pulling away from the page through some passages - the literary equivalent of watching from behind the sofa! I found that once I'd started, I couldn't leave Jack and needed to find out what happened next. I loved his relationship with Isaak, and had my heart in my mouth as much for him as for Jack on some pages.

Jack's assertions that what he has seen is real, the discomfort of the chartered ship's captain, and foreshadowing of some events combine to create unease about the reliability of the narrator - when reading the book, I was sure that Jack was right, but on reflection...? Perhaps images of Algie's over-enthusiasm for hunting, or of the Thames man, or simply the stories told by the captain had been working away at the back of his mind, to torture Jack during the long night. Whichever way, it's a fabulous piece of writing.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 19 Feb 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Michelle Paver has written a lot for children and on one level this story is told in a very simplistic way. Aspects of the book however are quite spooky. The main character, for example, talks about how he doesn't like to wear his snow shoes when he is out in the Tundra alone; they make a sound like someone is following in the darkness. It is not difficult to imagine the eeriness of Jack's plight but as the story gains momentum it seems to end a little abruptly.

If you like ghost stories do read this book, but don't read it laid on the sofa whilst the kids play on the Wii. Read it in bed at night with your bedside light casting shadows and the wind whistling at the window - you will be chilled. As for the reviewer who read it alone in an isolated farmhouse, I wouldn't do that in a million years!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic.
Published 3 days ago by Clive59
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy, well written, worth a read
Brilliant book, very creepy, slowly ratchets up the tension.
Published 7 days ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars very very good and very scary
Bought this as a present but read it first, very very good and very scary, one of the best horror stories I have ever read, it has stayed with me. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Lucy
5.0 out of 5 stars Harsh beauty in a dark and hostile environment. Thoroughly...
This is a beautifully evocative ghost story set far north in the Arctic Circle. Three young men plan to spend the long, dark winter at Gruhuken, site of an abandoned mining colony... Read more
Published 26 days ago by EllyBlue
5.0 out of 5 stars A cross between a good M R James story and the solitary bleak despair...
A cross between a good M R James story and the solitary bleak despair of The Thing. One of my favourite ghost stories of all time!
Published 1 month ago by Gareth
4.0 out of 5 stars Paints a vivid picture of the barren Arctic
Every now and then my mother visits me with a handful of books she picked up from the Poundshop. For the most part the books she brings me are pretty shoddy works. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Honest Chap's Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice concept but not especially frightening. With a bit more work...
I liked this book do not consider it time wasted but do feel there is a better book inside which with a bit of tweaking could have come out. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chas Spring
4.0 out of 5 stars Hauntings in a sunless Arctic winter
This is a short book, easily read in a couple of hours, which is deliciously dark and haunting. Most of the story is told through the journal of Jack Miller as he recounts the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Roman Clodia
5.0 out of 5 stars Good and creepy!
Loved this book. Yes, it is somewhat slow paced but that fits in with the storyline and location. Fast paced wouldn't have done it justice. Read more
Published 2 months ago by kat radford
1.0 out of 5 stars Comically bad writing all round!
This book is terrible. I got a better sense of the setting from the grainy stock photos inserted between chapters than Paver's vague descriptions of snow and it being dark and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ross
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