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The Silent Land

by Graham Joyce

A stark snowy white landscape, populated by shadows and sounds, is the perfect backdrop to a novel oozing ominous uneasy tension. Whist reading you are relentlessly propelled through the story delving deeper into the supernatural mystery until the end comes and you greet it almost with a sigh of relief.

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Next to her own, there were other shadows.
On her right hand side was a cluster of shadows, roughly human in form, swaying gently. The dark shapes were clearly imprinted on the snow ahead of her. She stopped breathing. She dared not turn her head to look behind her. There she could feel the presence of several beings. Perhaps they were people. Perhaps not.
She kept her eyes on the swaying shadows, convinced that they were unaware she had spotted them. Her skin prickled. It flushed cold and became an abrasive substance, like sandpaper. She felt the fluid in her eyes freeze.

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The Shining by Stephen King
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
 

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