My ‘To Be Read’ pile has been growing so tall in 2019 that I am surprised my bookshelves haven’t come crashing down.
There have been multiple trips to bookstores and I never seem to leave them empty handed- but I never seem to get around to reading them either. The excitement fades once I am home as my mood dictates what genre I want to read…
Into the pile the new books go.
(My ‘TBR’ pile is out of control at this point)
Out of the novels that I have read so far this year- only ONE has stood out far from the rest.
If you follow me on social media… you may have already seen the posts –
The Hunger by Alma Katsu is officially my favorite book of 2019 to date!
The stunning cover was enough to make me grab it off the shelf.
(Not gonna lie- I would actually hang this book cover in my home as art)
The synopsis made me grin as it is a bit of history of The Donner Party mixed with fictional horror events.
(Well Hello there! Mama loves a good historical scare…)
The story? SO good that I had a hard time putting it down.
(Except when it was almost bed time- I didn’t want to have nightmares…)
The writing draws you in- it is incredibly well written as we jump from character to character- blending the story lines together captivating you as you try to figure out what is exactly going on.
The novel is divided up into the months- you flash back into the past with that characters ‘before’ trip and than back to the Wagon Train and all that is happening with it. It is a great way to get to know the characters and learn more as the Wagon Train continues on it’s way.
The fact that it doesn’t take long before ‘an event’ happen was incredibly refreshing to me. You are just a few pages in before a mystery unfolds.
Sometimes I find with horror books that it can take so long for something paranormal (or interesting) to happen that I can get bored and want to skim the pages. Even though we see something occur early on in the pages of The Hunger, this read was a slow build up of anticipation and intrigue making it a complete page turner.
I love that real names and events are used. As I was reading the novel, I could tell that the author had done an amazing amount of historical research while forming her plot. I applaud the imagination behind every scene and word that author Alma Katsu put into the creation of this novel.
To say that I became an instant fan of Alma Katsu before I was at Chapter Three is an understatement.
If you love a novel that is historical, haunting and will leave you with a book hangover- you will want to pick up a copy of The Hunger.
(Peer pressure: DO IT! DO IT NOW!!)
I was so sad when I finally closed my copy, having read the last chapter that I turned to my husband and sighed:
“This story had better end up on the screen somehow! You would love it!”
(As would YOU dear blog reader!)
I will admit that I had trouble falling asleep the night that I completed this novel because of the way the story ended…and that all these weeks later I still think about it…
(I have a funny story about this and what happened to me one night when insomnia struck- but it contains spoilers… so I won’t share)
I maintain that it is Little House on The Prairie meets Stephen King and you are going to want to read it!
Here is the full synopsis:
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.
I saw on Twitter the other day that the author has a book about The Titanic coming out in 2020 and I am SOOOOOO excited to read it.
(I am also a bit taken aback that next year is 2020…Where the hell does time go?)
**Trigger Warning** I know that I have a lot of readers who are sensitive to certain subjects pertaining to sexual assault- so I will warn you that there is a small amount of sexual content that may be disturbing to you.
If The Hunger sounds like a book that you will enjoy- I highly recommend that you add it to YOUR ‘TBR’ pile.
I rarely give out a Five Star rating so I am happy to report that THE HUNGER is a Five Star Read to me!
For more information on Alma Katsu please visit her website: https://www.almakatsubooks.com/
As always- I try to maintain a spoiler free environment, so if you have read the book and would like to leave a comment- please refrain from posting any potential spoilers! I will be monitoring for this.