And just like that The Winter Over had me hooked.
Cass, the site engineer, arrives at the Shackleton South Pole Research Facility seeking complete anonymity and an escape from her traumatic past. Given her shaky state of mind, she can hardly believe she passed the psych test necessary to secure a spot at the station.
After the last flight off the island leaves, the crew begins to experience strange incidents that don’t add up.
As I compulsively turned the pages, an uncertain feeling grew in me. Is this whole thing a setup, or maybe Cass isn’t telling us everything? But why? The sense of complete isolation and steady ratcheting of tension gave me a knot in my stomach the way almost nothing has since the first time I read And Then There Were None or watched Alien. I was on that station. Cold. Paranoid. Surrounded by darkness.
To be fair, I am predisposed to love this story—ask me about my Edgar Allan Poe obsession—but Matthew Iden has some tricks up his sleeve for us. Just when I thought I knew what this book was, it became something else entirely.
- Jacque Ben-Zekry, Editor