Author: Krystal Sutherland
Publication Date: April 6, 2021
A dark, twisty modern fairytale where three sisters discover they are not exactly all that they seem and evil things really do go bump in the night.
Iris Hollow and her two older sisters are unquestionably strange. Ever since they disappeared on a suburban street in Scotland as children only to return a month a later with no memory of what happened to them, odd, eerie occurrences seem to follow in their wake. And they’re changing. First, their dark hair turned white. Then, their blue eyes slowly turned black. They have insatiable appetites yet never gain weight. People find them disturbingly intoxicating, unbearably beautiful, and inexplicably dangerous.
But now, ten years later, seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow is doing all she can to fit in and graduate high school on time–something her two famously glamourous globe-trotting older sisters, Grey and Vivi, never managed to do. But when Grey goes missing without a trace, leaving behind bizarre clues as to what might have happened, Iris and Vivi are left to trace her last few days. They aren’t the only ones looking for her though. As they brush against the supernatural they realize that the story they’ve been told about their past is unraveling and the world that returned them seemingly unharmed ten years ago, might just be calling them home.
House of Hollow is a dark and twisted fairy tale that is impossible to put down. The Hollow sisters went missing for a month and then showed up with no recollection of what happened. Their hair and eyes changed causing their father to be suspicious, but everyone else is glad to have them returned safely. Ten years later, Grey is missing and left clues to help Iris and Vivi find her. Sutherland grabbed my attention from the very beginning and packed the book with suspense leaving me trying to figure out what happened ten years ago and now. The story is told from Iris’s perspective. She is a high school senior and my favorite character. Iris will do anything for her mother Cate and is very close to her sisters even though her mother has a difficult relationship with her sisters. Vivi and Grey are interesting counterparts to Iris. The sisters are all very different but have always been close. They react to things very differently. Grey has always held the sister trio together, so Iris and Vivi have to figure out how to find Grey without her help. There are some gruesome parts of the book that made me squirm, but it was worth it. The supernatural and unexplainable situations are present throughout the book. The reader is constantly wondering what will happen next. Family was also an important part of the book. I highly recommend House of Hollow to anyone that likes dark books.
Thank you Penguin Teen/G.P. Putnam’s Sons Book for Young Readers for House of Hollow.
About the Author
Krystal Sutherland is an internationally published author. Her first novel, Chemical Hearts, was published in over 20 countries and was named by the American Booksellers Association as one of the best debuts of 2016. The film adaptation, produced by Amazon Studios, stars Lili Reinhart (Riverdale) and Austin Abrams (Euphoria); Sutherland served as an executive producer on the project. Her second novel, A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares, was published to critical acclaim in 2017 and has been optioned for adaptation by Yellow Bird US. In 2018, she appeared on the annual Forbes “30 Under 30” list. Originally from Australia, she has lived on four continents and currently calls London home.