Pages: 560 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Grade: 1.5 Stars
Synopsis: 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. 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.
I really, really wanted to like The Hollow. I really did, but it just didn’t happen. Let me start off with some of the good things about the book. Abbey’s loss of her friend was shown really well and I felt really sorry for her. I liked how Verday showed the readers flashbacks of Abbey and Kristin’s friendship. The character Caspian was also a good thing. A very good thing indeed.
Now for the bad. The book had too many details. I felt like I was being bombarded with little things like ‘the toothbrush was green and had sparkles on it’ (not that the author actually mentioned any green toothbrushes.) Another thing was the romance: it was insta-love within the first three days and that’s not very realistic. I think that Verday put too much ‘touchy’ love in the story and not enough ‘emotional’ love inside. It felt really empty.
I was really expecting more from The Hollow. Jessica Verday has potential to be a very awesome writer and the rest of the story of The Hollow can turn out to be a great series, the first book just hasn’t gotten off to a great start for me. I hope The Haunted will be better.