This book will be available September 1st, 2009.
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 has never felt so desperately alone. Then she meets Caspian, a gorgeous and mysterious stranger 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.
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.
Character Development: 9/10
Overall Enjoyment: 9/10
Cussing: Limited, but yes, there is some.
Drugs, Alcohol, etc: Only in discussion.
Sexual Content: Only vaguely referenced; no scenes, etc.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Murder/death; not very graphic but worth mentioning.
The Hollow was a captivating, rich read written with intoxicating care and attention to detail. It brought Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow into life in a stunning yet strange way. Unfortunately, the ending was cruel and disappointing; the only saving grace on that front is the sequel that is currently in the works. However, do not let that deter you from reading this novel; it was, overall, a wonderful way to spend my time.
A remarkably fast read (for a 500 page tome), The Hollow captured the initial pain and confusion of loss, and the ups and downs of recovery. Abbey was a phenomenally relatable character, and made a captivating yet true narrator. Her emotional journey was what made this book so resoundingly believable. The relationships, struggles, reactions, and decisions we see her go through are things that are wholly unique yet universal--just like her.
At first, it's hard to place this book under the heading "paranormal romance". I don't want to elaborate too much for fear of giving things away, but while it fits the title loosely, I wouldn't label it exclusively as such. From the start, Verday's prose has an element of surreality to it; I was just waiting for that mysterious edge to turn into something wild and fantastical. But still, the twist(s) was unexpected. That's all I have to say about that. :-)
The "romance" part was also skewed from the norm. Although the cover claims "A love like no other", I found it to be...not lacking in the least, but surprisingly slow-paced. Very slow-paced. Sluggish, even. But, never fear! I actually genuinely liked this part of the story. It was a welcome reprieve from the unrealistic fantasies that so often pop up in books today. And while this did border on the perfect-yet-mysterious-guy-is-strangely-obsessed-with-girl theme, that's about where the similarities stopped. And it was nice.