Book Review – ‘House of Hollow’ by Krystal Sutherland

TITLE: House of Hollow
AUTHOR: Krystal Sutherland
GENRE: YA Thriller/Fantasy/Horror
WORD/PAGE COUNT: 304 pages
PUBLICATION DETAILS: by Penguin Australia on March 30th, 2021
RRP: $19.99 AUD (paperback)

Blurb from Goodreads:

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.

HOUSE OF HOLLOW absolutely blew me away, this is definitely one of my favorite reads this year! 

It’s a genre-bending mix of thriller, dark fantasy, horror and family drama all effortlessly intertwined and perfectly served by a polished, lyrical writing style. The author has such a beautiful way with words that I frequently stopped to re-read certain sentences, and while I’m normally a fast reader, I consciously slowed myself down at points to luxuriate in the sumptuous descriptions and evocative, haunting turns of phrase.

We meet Iris Hollow the night an obsessed stalker breaks into her home to get close to the three sisters at the center of a famous mystery and whose violent attack is halted with a simple kiss from her eldest sister who demonstrates an uncanny ability to control others through touch. Weirdness blooms from the first page and only intensifies from there throughout this fast-paced, creepily atmospheric and tightly plotted story.

I was pleasantly surprised with the diversity of the characters with Iris being bisexual, her sister Vivi who is a lesbian and the hilarious Tyler, a Korean British, gender nonconforming model who used to date the eldest Hollow sister, Grey. These three embark on a desperate, dangerous search for her when she disappears once more, and in the process, Iris uncovers grim clues about their childhood disappearance and starts to piece together the dark truth behind what happened.

Fabulous fully-fleshed out characters, a cool spin on folklore and wry humor contrasting with moments of sheer horror make this a memorable, darkly enchanting read.

Disclaimer: Physical copy provided by publisher free for an unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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