Title : House Of Hollow
Author : Krystal Sutherland
Publisher : Hot Key Books / HarperCollins India
Pages : 304
Genre : Horror/fantasy
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.
What did I just read? Still can’t wrap my head around it. I feel disoriented, strange, shaken yet all these craziness somehow caught up to me and made me love it. I loved loved loved it to sooo much. If you’re into dark fairytales, and magical realism is your cup of tea, I would definitely suggest House Of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland.
The Hollow Sisters are strange but special. Strange because they came back after a month of vanishing into the thin air right in front of their parents in Edinburgh and special because they’re not the same anymore. They grow up to be hauntingly beautiful, with something ominous lurking beneath their flawless skin.
The Mystery is extremely overwhelming at times, but the author knows just the right amount to let go every time. What really happened to the Hollow Sisters? Where did they go? Who took them? How did they return unscathed? Questions like these would wreck your mind. Iris Hollow, who is the youngest Hollow is our narrator. She is empathetic, gentle and under the shadow of her eldest sister Grey. Both Iris and Vivi worship Grey, and their sisterly bond is something they feel through their blood and bones.
The story is executed beautifully, right until the very last line of the epilogue. The epilogue has got me thinking though if we can expect a book two? One can only be hopeful.
House Of Hollow has been blood-pounding, crazy, dark, haunting and the orchestrated ending would only urge you to bang your head against a wall because of how overwhelmingly surreal everything turns out to be.