Yes, kind of a supernatural thriller.
I really enjoyed it.
I can't speak for the TV show, because I haven't seen it.
Will have to give it a read. Thanks for the recommendation.
Seen the tv series. As a history buff fascinated by the franklin story i tried to ignore what i had read and just treat it as a work of fiction.
There's another great book on the Franklin expedition I read a few years back (if you're interested) called Fatal Passage by Ken McGoogan. It's more a biography of Dr John Rae, the Hudson Bay Company employee who discovered the fate of the Franklin Expedition, but it really exposes some of the horrors and arrogance of the British imperialist mindset contrasted with the 'going native' approach of John Rae who communicated, worked with and used the local knowledge of the inuit tribes in that region of the world to ascertain the facts of the expedition. It's a great insight into the life of probably the most unheralded explorer in British history.
And why was he unheralded? Because he had the tenacity to come back to Britain and, on the accounts given to him by the local inuit, report that the crew of the expedition had resorted to cannibalism, a claim that caused revulsion amongst Victorian high society who simply refused to believe that fine men of the British Empire could resort to the last resort!