Monday, September 7, 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.
(Description from Amazon)

The Hollow is a fantastic book. Verday depicts Abbey as a very believable character mourning her best friend's death. Caspian is a mystery and throughout the book, I wanted to know more and more about him. I also felt like I knew Kristen with Abbey's flashbacks and descriptions of her.

The plot is fast-paced and keeps you interested the whole time. There is not one point in the plot where I was bored. The descriptions of scenery are amazing and I love Washington Irving, who plays a big role in the plot. Everything in the story builds up to the very last pages when you finally learn the truth about Caspian and I LOVE how Verday wraps up this book. For some reason I absolutely loved the last line. I cannot wait for the sequel.

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