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Review of The Hollow by Jessica Verday

Posted by on September 2, 2010
The Hollow (The Hollow, #1) 
Jessica Verday
509 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: September 1st, 2009
Source: Hardcover from Library
Rating: LOVED

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.

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.

Abbey should be hanging out at The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery with her best friend Kristen, not mourning her death. There is no body, just an empty casket, and it feels all wrong. Kristen Maxwell, Abbey’s one and only friend, is dead – at sixteen.

All their life, Abbey and Kristen promised to one another never to cross the river, but that’s what Kristen was doing on the day of her death. But why? Abbey doesn’t think she’ll be able to cope with it all, but at the funeral, she meets Caspian, the only one who can erase her pain and make her feel normal again. Spending time at the cemetry, meeting Caspian at the weirdest places, and working on her perfumes (which is a pretty unique part of Abbey’s life) consume Abbey’s time, and ease her pain. But Caspian seems to be keeping secrets of his own. And Abbey finds out a side she never knew of in Kristen – in a hidden diary. Who was she meeting, and why was she keeping secrets from Abbey, who never kept anything from Kristen?

Heartbreaking and personal, The Hollow is the first in Jessica Verday’s debut trilogy. Parts of it revolve around Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Its more than 500 pages long, and by the end of the book, you’ll feel a personal connection to Abbey and her pain. The second book (called The Haunted) in this trilogy was released today.

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  1. This one sounds really good, though the length of the book scares me! I like the premise and I'm drawn to the cover. Maybe I'll put it on my rainy day list (or more like month) – I live in Oregon it rains a lot!

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