Isn't this cover gorgeous? I wish I knew how to do my make-up like that. In any case, I'm usually too much of a chicken to read ghost stories, but word on the street was there would be mysterious romance and no headless horseman in The Hollow by debut novelist and Querytracker alumnus Jessica Verday, so I decided to give it a try and I'm so glad I did!
Abbey is dealing with a lot, (an understatement), her friend's tragic vanishing obviously casts a shadow over her life, yet she still has a life to live. It's interesting as a writer to see how Ms. Verday balances Abbey's world: mourning a friend, her feelings for the yummerific Caspian, the freaky stuff that keeps happening. I appreciated the way Ms. Verday didn't overwhelm the story with Abbey's grief and yet still showed how hard it was for Abbey to let go.
The book is upwards of five-hundred pages, but both the atmospheric tone and the secretive Caspian made it a page turner, especially since I'm always one for books that hint at the supernatural. Mostly though, I wanted to know more about Caspian, and not only because his name took me back to my Narnia-lovin' days-- what was he? Ghost? Witch? Just a creepy guy with great hair and the habit of showing up at funerals?? Don't expect answers to ANYTHING until the near end of the book, and even then you're left with questions galore...in a good way. There's promise of a series and I can't wait to find out what happens next!
Overall a fun and eerie read. Take a peek at the first few pages here and let me know what you think :)