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It’s taken me a while to get round to this story, although it’s been recommended to me by several people, but I’m glad I finally did. It’s the story of an expedition to the Arctic in 1937, the accidents that slowly reduce the team to one last man standing, and his terrifying experience as he is stalked by a ghost. Just what is the shadowy figure haunting the ice floes, and what does it want with Jack? The setting is quite unique for a ghost story but works brilliantly – Jack is alone in permanent darkness, where one false step on the ice outside could kill him – and adds a tangible sense of terror and claustrophobia to the tale. You really do get the sense that there no escape, and that the horror is circling ever closer, making for a very tense read indeed. I think even if ghost stories are not your cup of tea, you couldn’t fail to be hooked by this, as it’s unusual and beautifully written, and in my opinion destined to become a classic. Definitely one to read when you’re curled up on the sofa, safe and warm, and there’s six foot of snow falling softly outside… Rating: ****

Orion, 2010, ISBN 9781409121183

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