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A Bram Stoker Award Nominee--Superior Achievement in a Novel 2018
A Suspense Magazine Best Book of the Year
An NPR Best Horror Novel
One of The Observer's Best Books of 2018
"Deeply, deeply disturbing, hard to put down, not recommended reading after dark." --Stephen King
A tense and gripping reimagining of one of America's most fascinating historical moments: the Donner Party with a supernatural twist.
Evil is invisible, and it is everywhere.
That is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the wagon train known as the Donner Party. Depleted rations, bitter quarrels, and the mysterious death of a little boy have driven the isolated travelers to the brink of madness. Though they dream of what awaits them in the West, long-buried secrets begin to emerge, and dissent among them escalates to the point of murder and chaos. They cannot seem to escape tragedy...or the feelings that someone--or something--is stalking them. Whether it's a curse from the beautiful Tamsen Donner (who some think might be a witch), their ill-advised choice of route through uncharted terrain, or just plain bad luck, the ninety men, women, and children of the Donner Party are heading into one of one of the deadliest and most disastrous Western adventures in American history.
As members of the group begin to disappear, the survivors start to wonder if there really is something disturbing, and hungry, waiting for them in the mountains...and whether the evil that has unfolded around them may have in fact been growing within them all along.
Effortlessly combining the supernatural and the historical, The Hunger is an eerie, thrilling look at the volatility of human nature, pushed to its breaking point.
Hooked from the star
I read this book after being recommended by a friend and I was hooked immediately! The author’s build up of suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire book. She plays up the mystery so well that I was trying to figure out what was happening all up until the very end. Would recommend this book to anyone who loves a very well written mystery/thriller 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Good but lacked detail and true horror
Maybe I had the wrong expectations going into this book- I was prepared for something extremely scary after reading some, what I now realize to be, misleading reviews. I also felt a little bit let down by the lack of depth and imagery. Sometimes a “beautiful” valley would be described in two short sentences, people’s appearances toward the end was a major missed opportunity to really paint a mental picture, and things like that. An example for the lack of depth- Some chapters felt like explaining the inner workings of a character’s mind was taken on like diving head first into a pool and other times it felt like it was avoided like ex you ended bitterly with. I truly think this book would have benefited from taking it a bit slower and adding another couple hundred pages.
All that being said, the last 100 pages or so of this book are phenomenal and make up for some of the rougher areas. Overall, I’m glad I read it but it’s nothing write home about, in my opinion.
I tortured myself with this book
I was mad that I paid for this so I made myself read it. Absolutely horrible
First off there are a million characters and only a handful have a story. You dont actually care about anyone and the few that you kind of sort of do get killed.
The aspects of the book that were supposed to be scary or thrilling weren’t at all.
I wouldn’t recommend this at all