Sunday, November 19, 2023

Five top winter thrillers

C. J. Tudor is the author of A Sliver of Darkness, The Burning Girls, The Other People, The Hiding Place, and The Chalk Man, which won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel and the Strand Critics Award for Best Debut Novel.

Tudor's newest novel is The Drift.

At the Waterstones blog she tagged "five unputdownable wintry thrillers to curl up with as the nights get colder." One title on the list:
The Hunger by Alma Katsu

Alma Katsu’s novel is based upon the true story of the Donner party, a group of 90 pioneers who found themselves snowbound in the Sierra Nevada mountains in 1846 (also referenced in Kubrick’s movie adaptation of The Shining ).

However, in Katsu’s hands, fact and fiction mix to take the story in an even more eerie and terrifying direction.

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

Their decision will be devastating. The group find themselves caught in an early blizzard of snow, biting winds and bitter cold. Starving and desperate, minor disagreements turn into violent confrontations. Then the children begin to disappear.

Soon, the group begin to realise that, beyond the threat from the natural elements and each other, something far more primal and deadly lurks in the icy wilderness.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Hunger is among Brittany Bunzey's twenty-five "must-read, truly bone-chilling" horror books, Deborah E. Kennedy's seven hot mysteries set in the Midwestern winter, Meagan Navarro top ten scary good horror novels, Jac Jemc's top ten haunting ghost stories and Mallory O'Meara's top thirteen spine-chilling books written by female authors.

My Book, The Movie: The Hunger.

The Page 69 Test: The Hunger.

--Marshal Zeringue