The author's writing style and the narrator. It's a well written novel. It is an eerie tale set in the 30s in the Arctic Circle. It's a great "ghost" story because it is a steady build and it deals with the aspects of the paranormal that are most frightening; inexplicable feelings of dread that make one's hackles rise and sets heart to hammering, intense emotions (particularly those caused by violence, intense fear, and hatred) leaving physical imprints behind, and entities born of such events who bear such intense malice that can affect the physical world. I also like that the story is told through journal entries and that it is a "period piece." It is set in a survivalist situation where things could get bad enough without the intrusion of the supernatural. All in all it is a great tale of the uncanny.
A Ghost Story by Henry James. Because it is well written and thought provoking. Also the short story "Jerusalem's Lot" by Stephen King.
The scariest scene was the dream sequence where Jack learns what happened to the trapper.
I will definitely be looking for more novels by Michelle Paver. Also, Jeremy Northam does a great job with the narration.
The setting is interesting as are the events of the story but the author's telling leaves a lot to be desired.
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