The Hollow by Jessica Verday Reviewed by Cynthia Hatfield-Garcia

560 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Simon Pulse

When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead…and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special. Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen's betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her—one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.

The Hollow is the kind of story that it's really hard to summarize without giving away too many of its secrets. I suppose that's why, despite the fact I'd read at least ten very mixed reviews prior to opening the book, I really didn't get what it was about until I read it for myself.Verday has a very descriptive style, and for me that definitely enriched the telling of the story. I felt that I experienced the world of The Hollow with all of my senses: the smell of perfume, the cold crisp snow, the taste of snickerdoodle cookies. I wasn't completly shocked by the twist at the end but there were some surprises. I can't wait to grab the second book of this trilogy to find out what happens with Abbey and Caspian, what kind of shape Abbey will be in, and if we get to meet Kristen after all. In The Hollow, Jessica Verday has crafted an elegant, enchanting story of friendship and pain, love and loss.

Cynthia Hatfield-Garcia

First Reviewed: 3rd Sept 2010

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