Dark Matter: A Richard and Judy bookclub choice Kindle Edition
|Length: 255 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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This story takes place in 1937 and tells the tale of a small group of Englishmen who are traveling to a remote and desolate place called Gruhuken, in the High Arctic. They are there to do meteorological research. The story is told via the diary of Jack Miller, a young man from a poor family who is struggling both psychologically and economically to prove himself a success. His companions are from wealthier families.
From the start we know that there is something menacing and dangerous about Gruhuken, and the ship's captain that takes him to that location had to be threatened to take them there. But the men ignore the warnings both in the name of science and in an effort to prove themselves and accomplish their mission throughout the long and dark arctic winter.
Not only do we know that there is trouble ahead from the reaction of the captain and his crew, but there is also a mysterious deserted hut there with a bloodied wooden pole erected nearby. The importance of this becomes clear later on in this story.
This was just a fantastic read for me, and truly a scary ghost story. I read this at night and had to watch TV afterwards - and silly, humorous shows at that - just to clear my head before I went to sleep. Really the stuff of nightmares, and the descriptions are so evocative and vivid that you find yourself bundling up as your read this novel because you feel the cold and you fear looking out your own windows for what you might see outside. (Did I mention you shouldn't be reading this at night!)
Highly recommended. Very reminiscent of another great story of Arctic horror - The Terror by Dan Simmons. This novel is much shorter than the one by Simmons, but it's just as effective and maybe even more frightening.
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Highly recommended for anyone who loves a good ghost story.