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House of Hollow

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Staff Review: "House of Hollow" by Krystal Sutherland

★★★★★

How would you live your life if you and your two sisters mysteriously vanished when you were young, only to return a month later with no memory of what happened and nothing but identical scars on your throats? Soon after returning, all their eyes turn black and their hair turns stark white, but the mystery of what happened is never found. 

Iris chooses to try and avoid the legacy and questions that seem to follow her and sisters since the night of their return, but when a man starts to follow her and memories that are too implausible to be real start surfacing, Iris knows she can't avoid the past any longer. Then her sister disappears again, and Iris and her other sister are plunged into a strange and wild adventure to not only find their missing sister, but find answers for what really happened during the month they went missing.

This young adult novel was definitely not what I was expecting, but it was really atmospheric with beautiful writing that really sucked me in. With elements of mystery, fantasy, and horror, I was hooked! I also really appreciated that the characters really seemed realistic in their acceptance (and hesitancy) of the supernatural. So many books can rush that aspect of their characters, making it seem inauthentic and jarring to the reader, but Iris's journey into the unknown was so realistic and on point in this novel that even the most bizarre elements of supernatural and horror seemed plausible throughout this truly one of a kind novel! I also loved that despite having quite dark moments and adult themes throughout this, there were moments of humor and comic relief as well.

Audience: teens | Genre: fiction, young adult

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