House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland
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.
House of Hollow was a haunting book that had me holding my breath at every turn of the page. I was doing my best to piece together every bit of information that the main character had to figure out what happened to her and her sisters the night they disappeared. I had my hunches, and can I say, I got fraction of the real answer right, but I was still blown away by outcome. Every scene described in this book caused chills down my spine and I could picture exactly what the author was writing in my mind. The writing was amazing and suited this novel beautifully.
One really haunting part of the book was when you get to read about the Halfway, which was kind of like a limbo between life and death. That was really were the chills started rolling down your spine. Reading this novel was an amazing experience.
Tyler Yang was definitely my favorite character. He was confident and mostly sure of himself and he added a lot of fun to the story. He even had his funny moments. All of the characters were so unique and although I didn’t like everyone, they all added amazing details to the story.
Out of the three Hollow sisters, Iris was probably me favorite, while Grey was my least favorite. The main reason why I liked Iris the best was because she was tolerable where the other sisters were not. Grey and Vivi were a little annoying and Iris was just trying to keep it together. Grey is my least favorite because she was just giving off mean vibes. I don’t really have any opinions towards Vivi, other than that she was was a little annoying at times so she did not get the honor of being my favorite or least favorite. Even though the sisters could be weird at times, it was awesome to have strong independent women in the lead.
House of Hollow was a beautifully haunting book that never failed to surprise me. The overall creativity and execution of this book was amazing and I am still blown away by how Krystal Sutherland was able describe the Halfway. If you are looking for a suspenseful book with twists and turns, I would easily recommend House of Hollow. House of Hollow also fits under fantasy which made this book even better if you want something with a little bit of dark magic vibes.
This amazing cover art was created by Aykut Aydogdu!
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