In the Winter Dark, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


When a man dreams things from the past, you'd think he'd be able to rearrange them in new sequences to please himself.

But no. In my dreams, it all happens as it happened, and I see it and be it again and again and the confusion never wears off.

People drift to the valley called the Sink out of loneliness, hardship or an affinity with the land.

It is an isolated place, with a swamp and an old white bridge and the forest encroaching from all sides.

The solitude is tangible. But when a mysterious creature is suddenly on the loose, killing livestock and preying on everyone's deepest fears, four inhabitants find themselves unexpectedly in one another's company -- with chilling results. 'Tim Winton's raw and vibrant language makes the senses jump ...concentrated, passionate, invigorating writing' Independent on Sunday 'A major work by anyone's standards ...mysterious, painful and beautiful' Washington Post


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9780330412599



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Chilling. Every sentence is beautifully formed. The only problem was that it was too short.

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A short, but rather good, novel.The plot revolves around three households in a valley in Australia where something weird starts happening.At first its shadows seen out of the corner of the eye and then animals start being killed. But rather than go to the police or the council they try to deal with whatever it is themselves.The characters get sucked into mutually destructive relationships never quite liking each other and never understanding the motivations of the others, but not able to escape either.Winton builds to quite a grisly climax but the horror and weirdness never get out of hand in what I thought was a really well written novel.

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