Hardcover: 544 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse; First Edition edition (September 1, 2009)
The Hollow by Jessica Verday
When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead…and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special.
Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen's betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her—one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.
The book starts out at the funeral where Abbey is mourning the loss of her best friend Kristen. It was actually sad, Verday did a wonderful job depicting Abbey's pain, from losing her best friend to a drowning in a local river. At the funeral she meets Caspian, for the first time. I thought this is when it was going to get really good... however, I was not completely taken over by this story.
Yes, it was a tad bit creepy at times.
Yes, it had some romance. (There is a really good kiss in this book, btw)
Yes, it had it's intriguing moments.
Yes, it actually made me cry on page 186.
Yes, Caspian was gorgeous with those bright green eyes of his.
I know this is a trilogy, which would explain all the holes in the storyline. It just seemed to me, way too many times, something would be brought up (like Kristen's secret red diary), and barely ever mentioned or figured out. Like I said, I'm sure things will be explained more in The Haunted. Personally, I just needed a little more explanation in The Hollow, to fully keep my attention. Overall, the book was good and I will be reading the sequel soon. I want to read more about Caspian, because obviously, there was a major cliffhanger near the end. I liked that the book did make me cry during a critical moment of Abbey's. I love when an author can really grab major emotion out of the reader, and for that... I will continue to read the rest of the trilogy.
*Parents, there is moderate cursing in this book. For full content info go to Parental Book Reviews.