Series: The Hollow #1
on October 1, 2009
Genres: YA, Paranormal
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Growing up in the town of Sleepy Hollow, the mystery and intrigue over Washington Irving's classic legend are all part of daily life for sixteen-year-old Abbey. But when her best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Abbey's world is suddenly turned upside down.
While everyone is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead, Abbey refuses to believe that she is really gone. And when Abbey meets the gorgeous, but mysterious, Caspian at Kristen's memorial she starts to feel like she has something to hold on to for the first time since Kristen's disappearance.
But when Abbey finds a diary hidden in Kristen's bedroom, she begins to 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 disappearance or even her death?
Hurt and angry at Kristen's betrayal, Abbey turns to Caspian for support . . . and uncovers a frightening truth about him that threatens both their emerging love and her sanity . . .
I wasn’t expecting to find myself waking up with a deep need to read more pages but that’s what actually happened! I don’t deny that there were moments in which I thought the story was probably too expected but I have to say that this book was kinda tricky in this. Sometimes you think you already have some answers before Abbey finds out the truth, but then it happens that the answers you had weren’t so obvious at all . . . And of course that’s good! Especially because of Caspian . . . Would you be so sure he is the “classic” mystery boy that at some point will declare love and devotion to our heroine?
This book has a particular charm, you don’t know what it is exactly, but there’s something that drags you in the reading and the writing skills is amazing. Abbey’s sorrow is so particularly well described that I was able to feel her pain and sadness and I found it fascinating with a beautiful gothic halo that I appreciated very much. I really liked Abbey and some of her actions (especially to the end) made her sound a believable real character. That’s not something you can find in every paranormal book and it’s one of the things that made this book special to me.
Unfortunately there are too many questions that need to be answered and that’s why just one book isn’t enough. I really wish I had the all Trilogy with me when I started reading this first book because this is a story that it should be read and appreciated all at once. And now I’m gonna do some shopping . . .