Goodreads Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow has always been strange. Something happened to her and her two older sisters 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. Iris has spent most of her teenage years trying to avoid the weirdness that sticks to her like tar. But when her eldest sister, 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 and follows the increasingly bizarre trail of breadcrumbs she left behind, it becomes apparent that the only way to save her sister is to decipher the mystery of what happened to them as children. The closer Iris gets to the truth, the closer she comes to understanding that the answer is dark and dangerous – and that Grey has been keeping a terrible secret from her for years.
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Date of Publication: April 6th, 2021
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Length: 304 pages
My rating: 4/5
I’m sure most people feel like a bit of an outsider at some point in their lives, but Iris is a bit more…out-there than most. Her life has been different to say the least; mystery and tragedy surrounds Iris and her sisters, and all she wants is to be normal. When her eldest sister Grey goes missing, Iris is forced to confront the holes in her past, and she isn’t sure she’ll like what she finds.
I feel like I should have read this book closer to Halloween, it would have been better suited in a spookier season than late spring. House of Hollow has a unique vibe that I can’t compare to another book. It’s surreal, creepy, and dark, but also strangely beguiling. The connection between the sisters is both comforting and powerful, making me (an only child) yearn for sisterhood like that. I really enjoyed the whole atmosphere of the book, and the mystery of the Hollow sisters was engaging throughout.
Iris and her sisters are a very interesting trio, with very different personalities. They draw you into their lives and it’s hard to tell if you want to be friends with them, or be them. I was fully invested in their story, and couldn’t put the book down until I learned what happened next.
House of Hollow was a great read, and I would recommend it just for the vibe alone. The characters are tantalizing, and the story pulls you in immediately and keeps a tight hold the entire way through. It’s not something I’d suggest if you’re interested in light reading, but it would make a great spooky read for the month of October.
Have you read House of Hollow? Let me know what you think in the comments!