Book Name: House of Hollow
Author: Krystal Sutherland
Publisher: HarperCollins India
Page Count: 304
Blurb on Goodreads:
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.
A twisted fairy-tale. A creepy yet beautiful story about three sisters who are not only intertwined by blood by also by heart and soul. Sutherland’s latest novel takes the readers on a journey, which is eerie, dark, and sinister and yet in a way will leave you mulling over what the hell just happened. After finishing the book, a while ago, I’m still gathering my thought that what I feel about this book and I guess I’m having mixed feelings for this title.
House of Hollow explores the story of the three sisters – Grey, Vivi, and Iris who disappears out of thin air one night and returns after one month of their disappearance and nobody has an inch of an idea of what had happened to them and even the girls can’t seem to recollect. They seem to remember nothing of that night. At first, their parents are ecstatic after their daughters return but sooner, Gabe their father realizes that they might not be his daughters after all. Because since the day they reappeared, weird stuff happens around the Hollow sisters. After Grey and Vivi leave the town to chase their dreams, Iris is left behind along with their mother Cate.
Things are not what they seem when one day Grey – the eldest goes missing again. This time, Vivi and Iris are left to decipher the truth and uncover some dark, deep hidden secrets. But, they are not the only ones finding Grey. Looking out for Grey may lead the sisters to where it all began when they were first disappeared 10-years-back.
This book was eerie, dark, and bizarre. I mean like, this book was so gripping and a total page-turner. I wasn’t able to stop myself from not reading it. The setting is defined with precision and I think it was super enjoyable. Sutherland has done an impressive job in terms of characters to plot, from the magic part to the horror factor. The only thing I felt was that execution could have been a little better. The language was comprehensible. We also have an LGBTQ+ rep, as one of the protagonists being represented as queer, which was a nice surprise!
I swear the first half sounded so promising but as we get into the later half of the book, it felt repetitive. Like the story is just repeating itself over and over again. I understand the fact that readers need a background story to understand the present but then repeating the same thing, doesn’t make sense to me. Also, the ending didn’t have a wow effect on me, felt too predictable. Although, I loved the atmospheric and horror vibes but maybe the book could have been shorter?
Nonetheless, the book had many oohs and ahh moments for me and I love horror books. So, being a little biased, my overall judgment would be that this book is worth giving a try if you are into the horror genre.
Do you like reading horror books? Any recommendations please!