As featured in The New York Times Book Review Summer Reading Selection
"Supernatural suspense at its finest....The best thing about The Hunger is that it will scare the pants off you." --The New York Times Book Review
"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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We’re suckers for a ghost story around the fire—and The Hunger is exactly that in book form. Alma Katsu reimagines the doomed Donner Party expedition with ghoulish detail, chilling character detail, and lots of supernatural horror. As the ill-fated wagon train heads deeper into unforgiving landscapes, the suspense and dread flare higher and higher. We got totally absorbed in this shiver-inducing spin on a historical tragedy.
Customer ReviewsSee All
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.
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 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Solid story and writing throughout
I have been looking for another great thriller/horror book since Bird Box and this is it. The pacing is a bit slower, but the story and characters are very engaging. I rushed through the book but when I got to the end of the story, I wasn’t ready to part with it.
There was one scene that really terrified me. I’d say overall that I enjoyed this book as much for its gruesome premise as much as its exploration of love and found the ending very satisfying.