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The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean
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really liked it
bookshelves: youngadult, antarctic
Recommended to Celia by: Raych

I put this on my to-read list after reading a review at Books I Done Read, and it was as marvellous as I expected.

Symone is painfully shy, and spends most of her time talking to Captain Lawrence Oates, the Antarctic explorer. Unfortunately, Titus (as he was nicknamed) died in the Antarctic, and exists only in Symone's head. So when Symone's Uncle Victor whisks her off to Paris and then on a surprise trip to Antarctica, Titus comes along.

Uncle Victor at first seems rather eccentric and rapidly morphs into extremely frightening, mostly because it seems to take Symone so long to realise this. In fact, I think Uncle Victor is one of the most terrifying characters I've read in a long time - more so than the ridiculous serial killers in JD Robb's books, for example, because he's so believable.

Despite the fact that I spent most of the time gritting my teeth from the tension, this is a wonderful book - and as Raych from the above review says, it's a very sophisticated YA novel.
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