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.
About the Author
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.
"Deeply, deeply disturbing, hard to put down, not recommended reading after dark." -- STEPHEN KING
"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, author of Behind Her Eyes
"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
"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' *