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.
"Like The Revenant but with an insistent supernatural whisper. The setting and the story are utterly chilling. And the telling of it is so well done." -- SARAH PINBOROUGH, No.1 bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes "Uneasy, nauseous, slow-burning tale that marries historical fiction with a hint of the supernatural. Great detailing; colourful characterization; some supremely ominous stuff, but always reined in at the final moment to rack up the tension even more. Loved it!" -- JOANNE HARRIS, author of Chocolat and Different Class "Alma Katsu has taken one of the darkest and most chilling episodes in our history, and made the story even darker, even more terrifying. I swear I'm still shuddering. A fantastic read!" -- R. L. STINE, author of Goosebumps and Fear Street "Beautiful, lyrical, utterly grounded in the land, and the people, this is the best - and scariest - story I've read this year." -- MANDA SCOTT, author of Boudica and Into the Fire "In an audacious twist, Alma Katsu has made something new and suspenseful from the legendary story of the Donner Party. The Hunger is filled with terror, pity, and grue." -- KEITH DONOHUE, author of The Boy Who Drew Monsters
ALMA KATSU is a graduate of the Master's writing program at John Hopkins University in Baltimore. She worked briefly in advertising and PR before moving into the intelligence world, working as a senior analyst for several US agencies, including the American equivalent of GCHQ and the CIA, and a think-tank. Her first novel was The Taker, the first book in the Immortals Trilogy, which was an American Library Association top debut novel of 2011. A contributor to The Huffington Post, Alma Katsu lives in Columbia, Maryland. To find out more, visit www.almakatsubooks.com