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What do ghosts fear? The Hungry Ones....

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.

©2019 Chris Sorensen (P)2019 Tantor

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THE HUNGRY ONES is entertaining as hell!

COME! Let's gather in the stone circle and summon the demon Mr. Tell to whisper the seductive secrets that lay within this book.  *** PLEASE BE AWARE, I AM REVIEWING THE SECOND BOOK IN A SERIES. IF YOU HAVE NOT READ BOOK ONE, DO NOT CONTINUE READING AS THERE MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD. *** I just wrapped up this amazing read. Chris Sorensen out did himself with The Hungry Ones which is book two in The Messy Man series. I think I actually enjoyed this book more than The Nightmare Room which is not surprising in the least and I suspect the third installment will be even better than the first two books.  There were so many things I loved about this book. It had everything I raved about in book one. An excellent cast of characters, creepy scenes wound tight with tension, and the intertwined timelines that made this a unique ghost story. Amongst all that, Sorensen managed to create something very unique in my opinion. It was as if readers got to restart the story and chose a new direction for its characters. THE HUNGRY ONES also introduced new characters I fell in love with including a character I didn't get to know from book one in the series. I will also say, the ending is a banger that leaves the story open for new installments which I'm truly grateful for. Exciting new characters, a unique writing voice with wicked ending to boot. What else could a reader ask for? So, much like book one in the MESSY MAN series THE HUNGRY ONES has an interesting and unique writing style that makes for an exciting read. In THE NIGHTMARE ROOM Sorensen deployed an interwoven timeline that I found enticing. In book two of the series we seen the multiple timeline scenario but we also got something new. There is this theory with time travel that insinuates that any small change done can cause a ripple effect in time, essentially changing the outcome of the future. We see this here in a way as book one changes the outcome of the future. Now readers start book two from the beginning of book one with the characters getting a fresh start with a new lease on life so to speak. It made for a excellent reading experience kind of like a role playing game with multiple outcomes based on the choices your character makes only the readers are not in the driver seat and Sorensen is taking you to some dark new places in his mind. Man-oh-man, I really liked the characters in book one and its no different in book two. In fact, I enjoyed getting to know the original characters better including the demon Mr. Tell. I really enjoy how the author extends the character development as the series progresses. Now, we also were introduced to some newbies in the cast including Michael Larson who technically comes from THE NIGHTMARE ROOM but here we get to see him in action. Although he is just a young boy, he still overcame great odds to get where he is in book two. I quite enjoyed reading as this curious boy uncovers a great many things a youngster his age has no business witnessing. I feel like this won't be the last we see of the Larson's and I can't wait to read about their next wild and bleak adventure in a world cursed with demons. Obviously im not about to spill the beans on the ending nor will I spend much time discussing it. I will however say that was thoroughly impressed with an ending that is both VERY entertaining and leads the audience to believe another book in tbe series is inevitable. I like this because i am really digging the series and am in no way ready for it to end. I am incredibly impressed with what Chris Sorensen has done with the MESSY MAN series and am patiently awaiting for another installment. I NEED MORE MR.TELL! I rated THE HUNGRY ONES by Chris Sorensen 5 / 5 stars. This book is entertaining as hell. Chis Sorensen has a unique writing style that is both cinematic and captivating. I wholeheartedly believe that fans of horror fiction and the supernatural subgenre will follow the Larson family and Mr. Tell to the deepest darkest regions of the underworld and back. Mr. Tell, I call on you to whisper another dark tale. THIS IS YOUR CHARGE, YOU MUST OBEY!

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  • DJ
  • 2020-01-21

Where is #3?

So, I read and rated the first book.....no review though. As I have listened to this one I feel the need to revisit the first because I really got into the whole thing. Isn't there a third installment? The whole concept of the dual timelines/realities as our forth in this book is mind bending. The ending calls for a third.

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  • Chris Miller
  • 2019-09-27

Great follow up to THE NIGHTMARE ROOM...

When I first read THE NIGHTMARE ROOM by Chris Sorensen, I was struck at what a powerhouse debut it was. The pacing was just right, the building tension getting tauter and tauter as the story progressed, and the ending blindsided me and blew me away. I was LITERALLY astonished, and it remains to this day as one of the best “ghost stories” I’ve ever read. I knew from the start this was going to launch a series, as it was subtitled THE MESSY MAN SERIES, Book 1. This struck me as interesting because as much as I adored The Nightmare Room, I just couldn’t see how the story could progress and go further. I needn’t have worried. In the more than competent hands of Sorensen, the sequel to his hit debut, this one titled THE HUNGRY ONES, the story not only goes forward but does so in new and interesting ways. Here, we have a lady who’s purchased a dilapidated motel which was the sight of a brutal shot-gun massacre two years before. She’s about a week away from opening when the family from the first book stops by and she rents out a room to them, and unkowingly awakens something sinister lurking on the grounds of her motel. Actually, SEVERAL somethings. Where Peter and his wife were the main focus of the first book, they take a bit of a back seat in this outing. They still have significant roles, and the version of Peter who is now part of The Messy Man is integral to the story, the real focus here is on his son Michael and the motel owner Jess. Sorensen structures his books much like an onion, and as we dig into the tale, layers are peeled back one at a time, revealing more and more to us, drawing us in with mystery, and then surprising us with another great finale. I was privileged enough to be able to read the first couple of chapters of this for Chris many months ago when he reached out to ask if I’d look them over and give him some feedback. The opening is focused on The Maple City Butcher, who is looking for a drink desperately late at night. This is the same guy who shoots up the motel, and here we get a bit of a look into the man that sets everything in motion for this story. I was captivated by this character and instantly wanted to know more. Then after this sinister opening, we meet Jess as she’s readying her new motel for business. Again, I was instantly struck with how her character connected with me, like a very sweet person who saw me standing on the street, nervous and confused, and took my hand to lead me where we needed to be. And ultimately, I was hooked. When the couple of chapters Chris sent over for me to peruse were over, my heart sank knowing it would be some time before I’d get to finish this tale. It was worth the wait. While not quite as fresh and without as big of a twist ending as the first, this was still a terrific sequel. And it IS a sequel, one where the reader will certainly need to have read the first book to understand what’s going on. There aren’t any lengthy recaps to catch us up on previous events, but there are plenty of spoilers to the first book, so if you’re reading this and interested in getting this book, stop, go buy THE NIGHTMARE ROOM, and read it first, THEN get this one. It’s the only way to consume this work. I was initially a bit confused by certain sections that jumped back in time, retelling events from the motel from the past, but soon I caught on and ended up quite enjoying these leaps in time, which filled out the story nicely. Like in the first book, the pacing is spot on and the tension keeps winding up tighter and tighter until the chain snaps in a violent whipcrack at the end, setting us up for yet another sequel to come. Now that I’ve seen Sorensen’s deft handling of a story I was convinced couldn’t work beyond a single book, I’m more than eager to see where this story goes from here. And speaking of sequels, this one has all the elements of the very best ones: MORE. More ghosts, more characters, more seedy situations. It really ups the ante nicely. I’m not a huge “ghost story” fan in general. I’ve liked a good bit of them, but it isn’t the subgenre I typically am drawn to. But Chris Sorensen’s pair of books display the height of the genre, hitting all the right notes at just the right tempo with just the right amount of passion. For this reason, I can heartily recommend THE HUNGRY ONES to anyone who enjoys a good supernatural suspense yarn. There’s very little gore in either of these books, so the squeamish should be fine, but be sure to have a Xanax handy because this story will put your stomach in knots. Just do me (and yourself) a favor: read THE NIGHTMARE ROOM first. If you don’t, you’ll be lost, confused, and in dire need of explanation. Plus, you don’t want to spoil the ending to that first book before reading it. It’s just too perfect. I listened to this one on audio, and Chris did his own narration here excellently, just as he did in the first book. Terrific audio production. THE HUNGRY ONES is the very best kind of sequel, returning us to characters we already love, introducing us to new ones we can cheer for, and takes the story in new and interesting directions. Just remember to hang on for one hell of a ride.

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  • Jimmy
  • 2019-09-04

This one is hard to rate

The book was good and it made sense in the end but during the middle of the book I won't lie I had to go back a relisten to some parts.