Factual, Historical, Horror, Reviews, Suspense, Thriller

/ ARC Book Review / The Hunger / Alma Katsu /



Release Date-6th March 2018
Publisher- G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Genre-Historical Fiction/Horror
Kindle Edition-376 Pages

Evil is invisible, and it is everywhere.

Tamsen Donner must be a witch. 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 pioneers to the brink of madness. They cannot escape the feeling that someone–or something–is stalking them. Whether it was a curse from the beautiful Tamsen, the choice to follow a disastrous experimental route West, or just plain bad luck–the 90 men, women, and children of the Donner Party are at the brink of one of the deadliest and most disastrous western adventures in American history.

While the ill-fated group struggles to survive in the treacherous mountain conditions–searing heat that turns the sand into bubbling stew; snows that freeze the oxen where they stand–evil begins to grow around them and within them. As members of the party begin to disappear, they must ask themselves “What if there is something waiting in the mountains? Something disturbing and diseased…and very hungry?”



The Hunger by Alma Katsu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Release Date-6/3/18

“The Hunger” By Alma Katsu was such an immersing read with such diverse interesting characters you couldn’t help but become hooked and transfixed by the storyline.
With its rich tapestry of history, you actually felt transported back into another place and time.
Taking the story of the 90 men, women, and children of the Donner Party, one of the deadliest and most disastrous western adventures in American history and putting its own horrific slant on it.
The author has managed to meld fact with fiction, giving us this portrayal of history mixed with an ominous presence of dread throughout.
The story takes various members of this party and tells its narrative from different POV giving us such a diverse understanding of the dynamics and powers that were at play.
Different members insights show the good and bad of all involved here and how easy breakdowns in communication, as well as fear mongering, can spread like a plague throughout a group.
This was truly shocking in places and I was suitably impressed with how the fiction had been interwoven into the known facts.
Being from the UK I was not aware of the Donner Party myself so this was a new story for me and got to say a very enjoyable read.
Give this a go if you like stories rich in history and character.
So I was provided with an ARC of “The Hunger” By Netgalley of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Factual, Reviews, Romance

Condemn Me Not: Accused of Witchcraft by Heather B. Moore

Release Date-March 14th 2017
Publisher-Mirror Press
Genre-Historical Fiction
Kindle Edition-212 pages

“This woman was one of the most impudent, scurrilous, wicked creatures of this world; and she did now throughout her whole trial discover herself to be such a one. Yet when she was asked what she had to say for herself, her chief plea was that she had led a most virtuous and holy life.” —Reverend Cotton Mather, 1692

USA Today Bestselling author Heather B. Moore brings the life of her 10th great-grandmother to centre stage. Susannah North Martin, accused of witchcraft in 1692, joins five women in the Salem Jail, all sentenced to death for their crimes. Amidst tragedy, Susannah finds hope and compassion as she remembers a well-loved life, and readers discover that love reaches far beyond the grave as Susannah faces the magistrates in Salem.

Condemn Me Not: Accused of WitchcraftCondemn Me Not: Accused of Witchcraft by Heather B. Moore

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

where to start, I can honestly say that Condemn me not by Heather B Moore blew me away with how absorbing I found it. I have always been interested in history and have had a fascination in what I have heard about the Salem witch trials. But as where past publications have focused more on the proceedings and accusations, and I found even through being gripped and appallingly focused on these disgustingly disgraceful and inhumane actions from supposedly human Christian beings, that it was the achingly beautiful love story between Susannah and George that set this apart. everything else, in my opinion, was background noise to the real story, the human being behind the supposed witch Susannah North Martin the mother, the sister, the daughter and wife and what a woman she was.The whole time I was reading I was on the verge of tears the contrast to the young Susannah starting off her life journey and then being in that awful cell facing that abysmal future of death by hanging and knowing she had also lost her George seven years earlier well it really got to me (second book this year to make me cry sigh). I think it was also the knowledge that the author was Susannah’s descendant and knowing that we are dealing with real historical events it just made it more vivid and real, I just wanted Susannah and George to be reunited even if it was in death. my overall impression of condemn me not is this is a profound deeply emotional piece of history and fiction beautifully woven together. I received a free e-copy of this book and this is my own honest opinion.
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