This is a story about a woman and her dog sent to clean out her estranged, and now deceased, grandmother's house. While doing so, she comes across her step-grandfather's manuscript, his attempt to recreate a book he once read and is now missing. Supposedly, the man had come across a non-existent hill that led to strange rock carvings and to something even worse beyond. With huge references to Machen's The White People, Kingfisher spins a bizarre tale that fills you with dread at every turn.
If you like historical fiction, then this is the book for you. Based on the true story of the Donner Party and their disastrous journey west, Katsu ramps up the terror from the first chapter and doesn’t let up. Not only does the party have to endure extreme weather, food depletion, and infighting, the mysterious death of a little boy makes them all wonder if something is stalking them along the way. Not for the squeamish and not for bedtime reading!