Author: Krystal Sutherland
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Released: April 6, 2021
Pages: 304 pages
Seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow has always been strange. Something happened to her and her two older sisters when they were children, something they can’t quite remember but that left each of them with an identical half-moon scar at the base of their throats.
Iris has spent most of her teenage years trying to avoid the weirdness that sticks to her like tar. But when her eldest sister, Grey, goes missing under suspicious circumstances, Iris learns just how weird her life can get: horned men start shadowing her, a corpse falls out of her sister’s ceiling, and ugly, impossible memories start to twist their way to the forefront of her mind.
As Iris retraces Grey’s last known footsteps and follows the increasingly bizarre trail of breadcrumbs she left behind, it becomes apparent that the only way to save her sister is to decipher the mystery of what happened to them as children.
The closer Iris gets to the truth, the closer she comes to understanding that the answer is dark and dangerous – and that Grey has been keeping a terrible secret from her for years.
Thanks to Penguin Random House Canada and NetGalley for giving me the chance to read and review this E-ARC.
Where do I even begin!? House of Hollow hooked me from the very first page. The first chapter introduces readers to unsolved mysteries and a craving for answers. Sutherland’s writing style is hauntingly beautiful. The words written throughout the novel brought this world, the characters and the story to life. I felt the dialogue between the characters was realistic. The author’s words were able to invoke various emotions in me. I found myself laughing at the humorous moments and squirming at the creepy scenes.
The mystery of the past, and present, kept me hooked for the entire novel. I couldn’t put this book down because I needed answers. The characters were unique, and all stood out with their various personalities. The Hollow sisters consisted of Grey, Vivi, and Iris. Iris was the narrator of the story. Some side characters include Tyler, who is Grey’s boyfriend, and Cate. Cate is the mother of the Hollow sisters. They all had a fascinating relationship with one another and fascinating backstories.
My favorite characters is Iris and Tyler. My third favourite character is Vivi. I related a lot to Iris’s character. Iris is quiet, lives with Cate, and just wants to blend into society. She doesn’t want to stand out, and she doesn’t have any friends. When I was in high school, I lived with my mother and, I didn’t have many friends. It felt safer and easier to blend into the crowd, then stand and be bold. Iris doesn’t want to be like her sisters (who are bold and independent), but instead, she wants to be the opposite. Her journey throughout this book is one of independence, acceptance, and not accepting abuse from others.
I’m not going to go into too much detail about the story. I think this novel is best discovered by reading it on one’s own. I will say that I find this story that Sutherland has created to be fascinating in its own right. The atmosphere was well shown. I felt like I was watching a movie unfold in my head. I honestly wouldn’t mind a film adaptation of this book. My only critique is that I wish there were a bit more description of some of the places that were mentioned throughout the book. I also want a sequel for House of Hollow. That is because I felt the ending was open-ended. It is one of those endings where I’m guessing it leaves it up to the readers’ imagination of what happens next in the story. This ending bothers me because I had two questions that were left unsolved by the end of House of Hollow.
Overall, I loved reading the House of Hollow. This is one book that I will be recommending to anyone looking for book recommendations. I felt the writing, the characters, and the story were spectacular. I hope there will one day be a movie adaptation and/or a sequel. If you’re looking for a hauntingly mysterious book, then I recommend checking out House of Hollow.