Book Reviews, YA book reviews

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland – ARC Review

My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  30 March 2021

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Penguin Australia

Pages: 352

Blurb

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.

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Review

Thank you to Penguin Australia for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!

Iris and her two sisters, Vivi and Grey, went missing when she was 7 years old. They were gone for a month, then turned up again, in the same spot, naked, shaken, but alive. It’s their father who first noticed they’ve changed. Their hair turns white from dark, Iris’s baby teeth she lost are back and their eyes are not the same as they once were. The sisters also notice they have uncanny abilities. They can compel others to do things, incite hunger and obsession. When Grey, now a famous supermodel and fashion designer, goes missing again, Vivi and Iris are desperate to find her, especially as a strange man seems to be following them around. But there’s a chance they’ll find more than just their sister – the truth of the day they went missing is also waiting to be discovered.

House of Hollow was one of the most unsettling books I’ve read. It was creepy with a capital C and brilliantly atmospheric. The author’s ability to spin a tale with such detail was both a blessing and a curse – amazing for immersing me completely within the story, horrifying in parts I wished I could unsee 😅  The plot twists were cleverly done, the cover incredibly beautiful and the story morbidly dark.  I will be haunted by this one for some time.

If you’re a fan of dark fairytale books like The Hazel Wood and The Wicked Deep, I would highly recommend House of Hollow!

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