January 1937. Clouds of war are gathering over a fogbound London. Twenty-eight year old Jack is poor, lonely and desperate to change his life. So when he's offered the chance to join 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. Gruhuken.
But the Arctic summer is brief. As night returns to claim the land, Jack feels a creeping unease. One by one, his companions are forced to leave. He faces a stark choice. Stay or go. 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.
And Gruhuken is not uninhabited. Jack is not alone. Something walks there in the dark...
Read by Jeremy Northam
(p) 2010 Orion Publishing Group
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Just superb. Captivating, Atmospheric and very creepy. Would highly recommend.
Very, very creepy
I listened to this book in bed, in the dark, and found myself sticking my fingers in my ears when the tension built up too much! Absolutely brilliant story, well up there with 'The Woman in Black'. Perfectly read too.
A perfect and truly chilling ghost story.
This a fabulous audiobook. Jeremy Northam's reading is exceptional and Michelle Paver seems to be (on the evidence of this story) a worthy succesor to the great MR James.
This is a masterful exercise in tension-ratcheting which finally leads to all out hysterical panic.
Jack Miller is confronted by a dreadful presence while trapped in the loneliness and endless night of Gruhuken. I have rarely been so caught up in a ghost story and have even more rarely felt such twinges of terror and apprehension at the plight of a fictional character.
Ignore the 1-star reviews the seem either deliberately obtuse or are perhaps by younger listeners who expected a big whizz-bang ending on a par with latter-day hollywood monster-movie reveals or maybe an end of game boss-encounter.
Superb, genuinely scary and expertly read I really cannot praise this enough.