- Pages: 287
- Published: May 28th 2019
- Publisher: Harmful Monkey Press
Where do I even begin with this marvelous macabre tale. Usually a book two indicates a bridge piece, connecting the first and third books, but The Hungry Ones is different. The main difference being author Chris Sorensen. He knows how to spin a good yarn and weave a good web of storylines. Sorensen really showcases his talent with The Hungry Ones. I don’t know how he managed to top his debut, but he did in spectacular blood splattering fashion. There’s so much pain and suffering in this book. If you thought The Nightmare Room was crazy, then you haven’t experience anything yet. An old motel is the setting I didn’t know I needed. I’m here for it, though.
The spooky motel cover catches your eye. It really sets the mood for the story. Just look at that cover. You know you’re about to set off on a dark journey. I have chills just thinking about it. I may need to wear a jumper for the rest of this book review. The cover matches this sinister tale perfectly. What’s scarier than a haunted house? An old haunted motel, of course. The Hungry Ones starts off where The Nightmare Room ended. Chris Sorensen ups the ante with the chills and thrills; more characters means more scares. Sorensen manages the ensemble very well. There isn’t a throwaway character in the bunch.
The past and present collide in this sinister story about menacing things that go bump in the night. There’s just so much that takes places in this book, ya’ll. I don’t want to go into great detail about it here, but I will touch on a few things I thought helped elevate this one to must read status. I thought the history of the motel was brilliant. Chris Sorensen lets us see what happens at the motel a few years before this book takes place. But it’s the little vignettes sprinkled throughout the story that really adds a frightful flavor to the mix. I liked reading from the tenants and workers point-of-views; it really enhances the reading experience. Poor Michael Larson. That little guy has it rough. Chris Sorensen is not afraid to kill his darlings or put them through the physical and emotional wringer. No one and I’m mean no one has it easy in this book. Danger lurks around every corner of that old motel. No one is safe.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my reading experience. It is a quick read given Sorensen’s writing style. He really keeps you turning the page because you never know what is going to happen next. I can’t wait to see where the next installment takes us. I hope it drops sooner rather than later. I’m here for the journey.
The Nightmare Continues…
At the outskirts of Maple City sits the Crossroads Motel, a throwback to the days when the motor lodge was king. Two years ago, the motel was the site of an act so brutal that its buildings were left to rot.
Jessie Voss, however, sees promise in the Crossroad’s bare bones and buys it up, determined to breathe new life into the place.
When the Larson family shows up on her doorstep, road-weary and desperate for a break, Jessie offers them lodging, even though her grand opening is still a week away.
But the arrival of guests awakens the motel, and Jessie soon finds herself host to both the living and the dead.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT BOOK 1: THE NIGHTMARE ROOM…
“Sorensen has a knack for cliffhangers that make you want to start reading the next chapter immediately.”
– Frank Errington, Cemetery Dance Online
“…a perfectly paced, well-plotted, and compelling haunted house tale filled with oppressive atmosphere, sympathetic and detailed characters, and only a touch of gore.”
– Becky Spratford, Library Journal
“Chilling and forceful, Sorensen’s story of family, emotional pain, and suspense will maintain listeners’ rapt attention.”
– AudioFile Magazine
“…a really well written haunted house story that’s easy to follow and scary enough to leave the light on or read during the day. I loved it! This is a must have for your horror collection!”
– Mother Horror
“The Nightmare Room is one of the best debuts I’ve ever read. It’s one of the best haunted house stories I’ve ever experienced.”
– Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews
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