Review: The Hollow by Jessica Verday

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“The Hollow”

  By Jessica Verday

Original Publication Date: September 1, 2009

Library Copy 

Simon Pulse

Overall Grade: 2 out of 5 stars (**)


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.

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Sleepy Hollow is the perfect story for the autumn and winter. Scary tales of a headless horseman told around a fireside is enough to enchant the most reluctant of listeners. I had high expectations for The Hollow, as it has a wildly fantastic story to build from: “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving.

I was disappointed.

For 98% of the book.

I shall explain! The cover originally deterred me from reading it, as the picture denoted a Gothic-looking girl swimming in water clutching a necklace and wearing heavy eye makeup. I thought, “Oh boy, yet another paranormal romance.” I couldn’t take another one of those. But the concept of a book set in Sleepy Hollow eventually led me to check it out from the library.

There was no plot, only a lot of premise. Abby wass a whiny, unbelievable character without a true sense of herself. She spoke land acted like a teenager from a public service announcement—the way an adult would think a teenage girl would act. She just did a lot of pining for her love interest, Caspian Crane, and walking around the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery…thinking about Caspian Crane. Yes, that was the majority of the book.

Caspian’s character wasn’t fully imagined, as there was just no explanation of his disappearances or what was going on in his life. He was extremely one-dimensional, and I had hoped for a less emo character.

Then there was the last 2%. Even slogging through the first 98% of the book was worth it just to read the final portion of Abby’s story. Although some things didn’t add up quite right and couldn’t have been handled better, the pace and plot picked up as if an old, dying man had sprouted Red Bull wings and a jet pack.

Even though the Hollow had disappointed me, I am considering reading the sequel entitled, “The Haunted” to see if the pace will escalate once more and turn the story around.



2 thoughts on “Review: The Hollow by Jessica Verday

  1. i personally enjoyed reading this book and i completely disagree with your opinon. the book to me really tells the tale of a girl who lost her best friend and is living in a small town where gossip spreads like wild fire.

    1. Thank you for your comment and honesty, Jo! 🙂 I realize that some of the books I don’t particularly like are all-time favorites for other readers, while books I might adore probably bore someone else. I had only hoped for more of the Sleepy Hollow legend in the plot.

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