Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Review: The Hunger by Alma Katsu

The HungerThe Hunger by Alma Katsu
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What could be creepier than cannibalism? This book. Set aside any fanciful notions you have about pioneers crossing the great sea of the American west and prepare to be up all night with this gripping story. THE HUNGER is at once a retelling of a historical story (the Donner Party, who hasn't heard of them?), a psychological profiling of the people heading west (not all were "good" folks, many had destroyed their social standing back East), a examination of the meaning of family (lots of widow, lots of step-children), and a supernatural tale that will make you get up and turn on all the lights. Ms. Katsu's research is detailed and impeccable, placing the reader in the scene, bumping along in those wagons that broke down with alarming frequency. Her word choice evokes a need to get up and raid the refrigerator and her descriptions of people, places, and events are vivid. From the start with little whispers, to the increasingly odd events, slow to appear at first but coming faster with impeccable pacing, this book is a master class in horror. I highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a view into past events from a very different perspective.

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