Review: House of Hollow

Every time I go for a hike and see a small trail leading off into the woods, I immediately want to follow it. Where does it lead? What will I find? My imagination begins to run wild, and I dream up scenarios where I end up in a magical word full of elves and magic. After reading House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland, those daydreams have taken a turn😱

I’ve always loved a good YA horror, but this book went above and beyond all my expectations. Yes, I know it’s marketed as “dark fantasy” but this book is horror.

It follows the story of the three Hollow sisters: Grey, Vivi, and Iris. They went missing as children, and were found one month later, naked, in the same spot they were last seen. They claim to not remember anything, but is that true?

Fast forward 10 years, and once again, Grey Hollow is missing. Iris and Vivi are trying to find her, but instead find things like strange flowers growing in places they shouldn’t be, dead bodies, conspiracy theories about their lives, and are chased by a masked, horned man. All this, while trying to figure out what secrets Grey has been hiding.

House of Hollow is not for the faint of heart. It’s dark and twisted, like ancient woods, full of deadly secrets, lush, atmospheric writing, and will make your skin crawl for all the wrong reasons. It’s everything I never knew I wanted in a book, and I am officially obsessed.

Content warnings: violence, body horror, graphic descriptions, suicide, sexual assault, and kidnapping.

Thank you so much to Penguin Teen Canada for sending me a digital ARC of this book via NetGalley. House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland came out on April 6, 2021, and can be purchased wherever books are sold.

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