The Hunger (Paperback)
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The Hunger (Paperback)

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Published: 21/02/2019
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Based on the notorious real-life Donner expedition of 1846, Katsu's bone-chilling mix of historical record and visceral horror pits a group of increasingly desperate pioneers against the unknown dangers of the Old West.

After having travelled west for weeks, the party of pioneers comes to a crossroads. It is time for their leader, George Donner, to make a choice. They face two diverging paths which lead to the same destination. One is well-documented – the other untested, but rumoured to be shorter.

Donner’s decision will shape the lives of everyone travelling with him. The searing heat of the desert gives way to biting winds and a bitter cold that freezes the cattle where they stand. Driven to the brink of madness, the ill-fated group struggles to survive and minor disagreements turn into violent confrontations. Then the children begin to disappear. As the survivors turn against each other, a few begin to realise that the threat they face reaches beyond the fury of the natural elements, to something more primal and far more deadly.

Based on the true story of The Donner Party, The Hunger is an eerie, shiver-inducing exploration of human nature, pushed to its breaking point.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780857503640
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 335 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 29 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Deeply, deeply disturbing. - STEPHEN KING

Katsu adds a rich vein of horror to her imaginative retelling . . . astonishingly atmospheric, with a strong sense of claustrophobia, despite the vast prairies and mountains . . . this is an enthralling and chilling read. - Laura Wilson, GUARDIAN

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

This . . . is supernatural suspense at its finest. It is strangely ethereal, yet gritty, with one eye on the distant skyline and the other on the bloody journey. If historical novels are your thing, The Hunger delivers a believable, fully realized 19th-century America. But the best thing about The Hunger is that it will scare the pants off you. - Danielle Trussoni, NEW YORK TIMES

An absorbing thriller that had me digging into the history behind this tale as soon as I’d read the last page . . . Her descriptions of the land are movingly beautiful, but there is danger even here. - Alison Flood, OBSERVER 'Thrillers of the Month'

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“History and horror smoothly blended”

The hardcover of this book, due for release in early march, shows a horse drawn wagon heading out into uncharted territory. This represented the pioneering spirit of American settlers heading west for California who... More

Hardback edition
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“You'll devour it in one frenzied sitting”

I read a lot of books, of all genres, and this book stood out as being one of the best and most unputdownable reads I've read in a long time.

I was completely drawn in by the characters and the deliciously... More

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“Truly terrifying and spine-chilling”

This is another one of those books that walks the tightrope between crime thriller and horror - of late, I have really enjoyed these type of stories. It is based on the Donner party tragedy where a party of pioneers... More

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