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House of Hollow

House of Hollow

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"Iris and Vivi work to uncover their dark, dangerous, and possibly magical past when their older sister Grey goes missing"--
Something happened to Iris Hollow and her two older sisters Grey and Vivi 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. When 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, it becomes apparent that the only way to save her sister is to decipher the mystery of what happened to them as children. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2021]
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9780593110348
059311034X
Branch Call Number: YA SUTHERL 2021
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 22 cm

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LoganLib_Kirra May 03, 2021

House of Hollow is a magical thriller dripping in folklore and suspense. This standalone book is set in Scotland and features folklore that has always been very interesting to me! On New Years Eve, three young sisters are there one moment and gone the next. Disappearing during the festivities only to show up a month later in those same streets with no memory of where they had been for that time. However, it was even stranger and they looked the same but different with hair and eyes changed and their own father going mad insisting they are not his children.

This was a wild, often disgusting, beautifully written, grotesque novel that I will not soon forget.

Iris Hollow disappeared along with her two sisters at age seven, on New Years Eve on a dark street in Edinburgh, and reappeared a month later. She has no memories of her time before this, no awareness of who she'd been. Since then, she has been...strange. She can bend people to her will, make them do things that they shouldn't want to do. But unlike her sisters, she refuses to use this power unless she has to. When Grey, the eldest Hollow, goes missing, Iris knows it's related to where they went when they were younger, but the truth of it all will be even stranger than Iris herself.

I absolutely devoured this book. Couldn't put it down, and I felt like it seeped into my bones and had me thinking about it when I wasn't reading it. I really, really wanted some super cool, out-of-left-field reveal to leave me reeling, and though that didn't really happen, I will say that I spent the last chapters repulsed, intrigued, and satisfied - so really, what more could I ask for.

I loved the dynamic at play among the sisters. They were so distinct, despite all being perfect statuesque model girls; the allure of Grey was so well-crafted that every step of the way, I wanted to know more about her, get inside her head, and it was maddening to have to want so much and never actually be able to do it. She has the answers, and Iris knows it, and boy, does it give the whole thing this sense of urgency that drove the plot like nobody's business.

Everything here moves so fast, and yet, the writing style just works so fricken well. Despite the fast pace, the descriptions and details are perfectly wrought and transport you so hard into the moment; I feel like I lived in this one and have such intense pictures of the scenes in my head. You do have to be okay with the grotesque to get into this one - Krystal does NOT skimp on the gross details of death and decay. But her writing is beautiful despite (or because of?) that unwillingness to shy away.

I would recommend this book to fans of Wilder Girls or Sawkill Girls, looking for another read to make them squirm. Despite wanting a twist I didn't get, I enjoyed this one immensely.

This was a wild, often disgusting, beautifully written, grotesque novel that I will not soon forget. You do have to be okay with the grotesque to get into this one - Krystal does NOT skimp on the gross details of death and decay. But her writing is beautiful despite (or because of?) that unwillingness to shy away. I would recommend this book to fans of Wilder Girls or Sawkill Girls, looking for another read to make them squirm. Despite wanting a twist I didn't get, I enjoyed this one immensely.

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lurkykitty
Mar 15, 2021

The Hollow Sisters are infamous, having mysteriously vanished for a month ten years ago on New Years Eve. The girls have no memory of this time. Social media has sprouted wild conspiracy theories and obsessive speculation. Iris, the youngest sister, has always struggled with her family's weird reputation and her own strangeness. She just wants to be a normal teenager. When her oldest sister, Grey, a famous model and fashion designer vanishes, Iris and the middle sister Vivi, a musician, go looking for her. Their search involves a horned man, a dead body in Grey's apartment, and strange vegetation growing in weird places. As they investigate further the secrets are revealed and the memories start breaking through.
It is dark, unsettling, morbid, creepy, shocking, haunting and impossible to stop reading. The writing is descriptive, lush, evocative and compelling. I thoroughly enjoyed reading House of Hollow. It is perfect for those who love dark, horrific, modern fairy tales and is best read going in blind. I am hoping that Krystal Sutherland writes more books in this world and in this genre. Thank you to Putnam books and Penguin Teen for an advanced reading copy. #HouseofHollow @PutnamBooks @PenguinTeen @km_sutherland

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"I am not like you. You must understand, by now, that you are different. Why are you so beautiful, do you think? So hungry? So able to bend the wills of those around you? You are like the death flowers that grow rampant in your wake: lovely to look at, intoxicating even, but get too close and you will soon learn that there is something rank beneath. That's what beauty often is, in nature. A warning. A disguise."

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