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Dark Matter Hardcover – 21 October 2010

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Product details

  • ASIN : 1409123782
  • Publisher : Orion (21 October 2010)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9781409123781
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1409123781
  • Dimensions : 14.5 x 2.5 x 22.2 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 102 ratings

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Dark Matter is terrific....(a) wild beast that grabs you by the neck (Helen Rumblelow THE TIMES)

Dark Matter is a spellbinding read - the kind of subtly unsettling, understated ghost story MR James might have written had he visited the Arctic (Eric Brown THE GUARDIAN)

Gruhuken is reportedly haunted, and hints as to why are skilfully drip-fed through a tense and strangely beautiful narrative that bristles with the static electricity of a stark, vast, frozen Arctic night (METRO)

Bestselling children's author Paver's genuinely terrifying tale will have you shaking under the covers (PSYCHOLOGIES)

Atmospheric and decidedly unsettling (WOMAN & HOME)

It's a cracker of a read, set in the 1930s and a blisteringly cold Arctic winter (DOVE GRAY READER)

You have plenty of time to clear your TBR piles to make room for this book as it won't be published until October, but make room you should as Michelle Paver's Dark Matter is a ghost story of terrific menace written with consummate skill (CORNFLOWER BOOKS)

I loved this story. I couldn't put it down. It's as creepy as an M R James ghost story and yet, even though it's set in the 1930s, it doesn't feel self-consciously dated as many neo-Gothic stories do. It feels absolutely relevant. Not many people can write historical fiction without anachronism but with a contemporary feel and Michelle Paver is one of them. Dark Matter comes highly recommended (THE BOOK BAG)

I was hooked right away and finished it in just a few days. Dark Matter is the kind of horror story that can chill just about anyone (LITERARY STEW)

Dark Matter is one of the spookiest stories I've read in recent years. It's not a teen novel, but unsurprisingly, given Michelle Paver's background, the style shares many YA traits. The main character, Jack, has a strong voice and the writing is tight. The pace builds gradually, yet Michelle Paver keeps the action moving and doesn't stray into superfluous description. Everything in this book has been retained for a reason (CHICKLISH)

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A terrifying 1930s ghost story set in the haunting wilderness of the far north.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great ghost stories
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5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed and intriguing
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5.0 out of 5 stars a chilling masterpiece of the dark cold North
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best ghost story I have read for a long time
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 December 2010
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