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The Winter Over

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  7,199 ratings  ·  624 reviews
Each winter the crew at the Shackleton South Pole Research Facility faces nine months of isolation, round-the-clock darkness, and one of the most extreme climates on the planet. For thirty-something mechanical engineer Cass Jennings, Antarctica offers an opportunity to finally escape the guilt of her troubled past and to rebuild her life.

But the death of a colleague trigge
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2017 by Thomas & Mercer
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3.5 stars.

I'm not quite sure what I was expecting from this book but, whatever it was, I didn't get it. It starts off interesting enough; when a body is found outside in the Dark Sector of the Shackleton South Pole Facility; with no radio, which is a violation of policy. So why someone would be outside the facility with no means of communication, is a mystery in itself, plus, the position the body was found in is suspect. Jack Hanratty, the station manager, doesn't want to start a panic so, onl
Dee Arr
Jan 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Author Matthew Iden started out well, framing a thriller with a compelling story and backdrop that kept me enthusiastically reading until about 80% into the story. At that point, the foundation began to crack and, if not for the power of the author's prose, might have caused the story to tumble to the ground. Here's why, without spoilers:

THE WRITING -- "The Winter Over" is carried by exceptional descriptions and dialogue. Mr. Iden demonstrates his skills from the first page to the last, weaving
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, kindle-first
When the Kindle First Selections came up last month I chose this one because I loved the documentary Antarctica: A Year on the Ice and thought it would be a great setting for a horror. Perhaps I was thinking too much of John Carpenters The Thing.

This book was 50%

Then 30%

And FINALLY the last 20% was

I don't feel I owe this two star procrastination more than that. Highly recommend that documentary though.
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, mystery
This book was well done. It keeps the reader interested throughout. The drama and suspense are well constructed, and it makes you want to keep reading. You can almost feel the biting cold and the fear of the unknown. It's a fast read thriller. Panic and deceit and who can you trust
A psychological thriller, a little long but it kept me entertained to the end.
It was well written and had good character development. At times it was confusing though with the amount of characters.
It was a claustrophob
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book.

First I have to explain why I chose this unpublished book of the January. Kindle Unlimited subscription game a chance to read this book, Matthew Iden is very skillful and imagined author, and always imagined to view auroras with my own eyes.
Book is about research station run by TransAnt company to experiment on humans in extreme conditions with troubled characters.
"We’re on the cusp of colonizing other planets, creating habitations in the Sahara and at the bottom of the sea, aren’t w
Whistlers Mom
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a frigid hellhole at that bottom of the earth. And there's a waiting list!

I'm unsure why I picked this Kindle First book. I've never been sufficiently interested in the Antarctic to read anything about it and I'm not normally much of a thriller fan. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself engrossed in the details of how survival (of a sort) is made possible for the scientists and support staff who live there to perform research that cannot be accomplished anywhere else on earth.

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

This was my Kindle First choice for the month of January.

The novel takes place at a research station set at the South Pole in Antarctica. During the summer months, the station is filled with staff/scientists, but for much of the year--the long winter--the place is home to a skeleton crew of 40-odd souls. One of those souls is a woman named Cass, who is hoping that wintering over at the station will help her put some distance between herself and a tragedy in her past.

Michael Jensen
This is a spectacularly dumb book. I say that with apologies to Matthew Iden, who I am sure worked very hard on his story, but I feel like readers need to know what they are in store for, especially since Amazon seems to be pushing this one pretty hard.

Why did I dislike it so much? It's not because I don't like the genre. In fact, I'm very fond of thrillers set in remote locations where terrible things happen.

Unfortunately, in The Winter Over, not much happens, terrible or otherwise for at leas
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

This was my kindle first pick for January, it was a no-brainer for me- I love the Marty Singer series by this author. This book was a big disappointment, I struggled to finish it. It started out great, I liked the main character, Cass, and her interactions with the rest of the crew. No spoilers here, as the story progressed, the main premise seemed very improbable. By the time I finished the book, I really didn't care who had caused all the mayhem, I just wanted it to end.
Leah Polcar

Interestingly there was more than one Kindle First title that interested me this month. I say interestingly since most months I can't find anything that really grabs me (not that I'll ever turn down a free book). Even more interestingly, I quite liked The Winter Over which is very unusual. Not in the sense I don't like books about being stuck Antarctica, because who doesn't like that, but because I usually end up disliking Kindle First books immensely. This wasn't true here.

This is not a ter
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
We made it, fam! I'm torn between 3.5 and a solid 4 stars... The writing here is really beautiful and I've already added basically all of the author's other books to my TBR. But this is not a perfect book and I felt like the last quarter of it was the weakest bit, which is never what you hope for. However, this setting felt so REAL and cinematic and I really feel like this could make an amazing movie. I wasn't initially fond of the plot twist that occurred 50% of the way through the book, but gr ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say this was a pretty brisk read, even though subconsciously it wasn't what I was expecting. Seeing as how Lovecraft's 'At the Mountains of Madness' is probably my all-time favorite tale, when I think Antarctica I'm waiting for Old Ones, mutant penguins, shoggoths and the like, but 'The Winter Over' well... it's different.

There's definitely the feel of isolation and horror here as Cass Jennings enters into her first nine-month "winter over" at the Shackleton South Pole Research Facilit
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Great start and held my interest through the first half--then just became silly.
[Shai] Bibliophage
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
My apologies. This novel has a very good start, but then the excitement plummet afterward. Nonetheless, I still gave this 2 stars for the plot of the story.
In the Shackleton South Pole Research Facility, the place is usually packed with staff and scientists during the summer months, but for 9 months of the year, when it's dark for months at a time and it's so cold outside that you could freeze to death in minutes, it's staffed with only a skeleton staff. It's called The Winter Over. Cass, a mechanical engineer has gone through the rigorous evaluation and is looking forward to 9 months of working and escaping the accident in her past. Working in suc ...more
Kelli Wilson
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Now this was a solid, intense, action and suspenseful thriller! It reminded me of Dan Brown's other two books, not in the Robert Langdon series. One takes place in Alaska, and other at NSA type facility. I really enjoyed those books and I have to say I thought this was better

Awesome! Not at all what I expected, and later on, once you have generally figured​things out, he still writes an exciting conclusion that doesn't let you down, assuming you were right of course:) The stand alone novels I re
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
Wow. Not a big mystery or thriller fan but like the whole idea off being at the South Pole. I could not put this book down. Edge of my seat kind of read. Kept me guessing. Highly recommend
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it
The Shackleton South Pole Research Facility has been privatized. Winter is coming to the facility, meaning the summer researchers are leaving. The team chosen to "winter over" for the six months of night is an unusual mix, and every one of them seems to have had some emotional problems. 

Just before the last plane leaves one of the researchers is found dead after wandering out in a snow storm. Cass Jennings, the mechanical engineer for the facility, thinks the brief investigation of the death is
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
The first thing I recommend if you plan to read The Winter Over by Matthew Iden, is to turn your thermostat up. You are bound to feel more chilled than usual as you read this mystery/adventure novel set in the nine month long winter of Antarctica. The biggest strength of Iden's thriller is how he makes the dark and cold Antarctic environment and the seclusion of those inhabiting a research station come alive. The detail he puts in describing the compound and all the work needed to keep something ...more
Vikki Patis
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Prior to downloading this, I was just complaining that these Amazon First books never seem to be any good - or, at least, not the ones I choose. But I soon ate my words.

I really enjoyed The Winter Over. It was a nice mixture of "nordic noir" and psychological thriller. I'm a bit of a psychology buff as well, so I love anything to do with experimenting on people (my tastes are rather macabre, I know) and understanding how they react to certain scenarios. Wintering over in Antarctica is probably
Jan 31, 2017 marked it as basement-storage  ·  review of another edition

Started reading, several time in fact, but couldn't get into it.
Jun 08, 2018 added it
Glad I read it. Kept me on my toes. I thought a fair way through the book that I knew who "THE" person was the trouble maker. I actually thought it was one of 2 people and it was one of then 2.
I struggled to get through the first two thirds of this novel. The last third had more happening in it which allowed me to finish it. It was unrealistic and a bit boring to me for most of the book. Additionally, I did not feel any affinity for the main character until nearly the end. With the unique setting of Antarctica, I was expecting a more compelling book. I am not much of a horror fan, and to me, this was more horror than mystery or thriller. It was not written poorly; it just did not appe ...more
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll confess that I've got a soft spot for stories like this. Real or imagined, North or South Pole. I read everything I can find..everything. Mr. Iden did a damn fine job on this story. It hit all my scary places! I would love to go to the Antarctic for a winter over. This story had a good whodunit, while also having some gruesome deaths. Always a plus! The characters we're odd, quirky, with a few as crazy as a shithouse rat! Mostly I loved Cass and Biddi, who were strong women and fairly lovab ...more
Lisa Workman
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy a good psychological thriller but the added mysteriousness of Antarctica makes this book unique. If Lord of the Flies had been set in Antarctica, with adults, and creepy underground ice tunnels filled with relentless wind, this might be what you get. I also enjoyed reading about the daily operations and general survival of those at the base station, an added bonus to the suspense of the book. 4.5 stars. I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway.
So, I Read This Book Today
Terrifyingly realistic

100 below. 100 MPH winds. 9 months of pitch black. 40 people, cut off from civilization with no hope of rescue should the worst occur. They say that Antarctica wants to kill you. But Antarctica isn't the only one.

Creative, masterful storytelling keeps you on the very edge of your seat, to litterally the last line. I will absolutely look for more by this author! I picked it up from a newsletter, and am glad I did.
Robin Tashima
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
An entertaining novel which takes place in a research center in Antarctica. Forty four scientists and crew members must work together to survive nine months of total darkness in winter and in isolation from the outside world. Things begin to go awry and will there be any survivors?
Chris Miller
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Winter Over is a somewhat interesting story, with some somewhat interesting characters, elevated to an intriguing read by its setting: Antarctica. On a research base near the South Pole, the normal crew of a couple hundred dwindles to about 40 as summer closes and most of the workers and scientists head back to the real world. Cass Jennings in one of the ones who on the 'winter over' crew. The book opens up with the discovery of a dead body a couple miles outside their base, and it's determi ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
At the Shackleton South Pole Facility bad things start happening to the winter crew. A crew member dies, the doctor isn't allowed to see the body, the lights go out at random times and Cass, the engineer/plumber starts to suspect that something sinister is going on. Cass spends lots of time in the tunnels and has set up a radio to transmit to a Russian bloke in another base, but it is scary in the tunnels and the ancient plumbing down there needs lots of attention, it is cold and dark and really ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: winter-reads, horror
I was excited to read this – I'm a nerd for snowy books, and even though I've read several polar-set horror stories, there's always room for more.

And so my fatal flaw with this book is revealed. It's just like all the other polar horrors, but not quite as good. There's nothing really wrong with this book – the story trips along, the characters are distinct, the prose is serviceable. But there's nothing that special about it either. If you've never read a snowy horror and you really fancy one, t
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I write fantasy, science fiction, horror, thrillers, crime fiction, and contemporary literary fiction with a psychological twist.

I’ve held jobs with the US Postal Service, international non-profit groups, a short stint with the Forest Service in Sitka, Alaska, and time with the globe-spanning Semester at Sea program. Trips to Iceland, Patagonia, and Antarctica added to the creative pot, as well,

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