House of Hollow : Young Adult fiction reviewed

House of Hollow : Young Adult fiction reviewed

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Reviewed by team member Rowena Sept 21

This is a haunting tale about three sister's who disappear and then reappear a month later as children - however they are changing and 10 years later, the youngest who can't remember what happened and so begins her search - made more critical by the disappearance of her eldest sister.

For me, the book was both enchanting and sinster, contemporary with fairytale twists. One I want to read again.

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Iris Hollow and her two older sisters are unquestionably strange. Ever since they disappeared on a suburban street in Scotland as children only to return a month a later with no memory of what happened to them, odd, eerie occurrences seem to follow in their wake. And they're changing. First, their dark hair turned white. Then, their blue eyes slowly turned black. People find them disturbingly intoxicating, unbearably beautiful and inexplicably dangerous.

Now, ten years later, seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow is doing all she can to fit in and graduate high school - something her two famously glamorous globe-trotting older sisters, Grey and Vivi, never managed to do. But when Grey goes missing, leaving behind only bizarre clues, Iris and Vivi are left to trace her last few days. They aren't the only ones looking for her. As they brush against the supernatural, they realise that the story they've been told about their past is unravelling and the world that returned them seemingly unharmed ten years ago, might just be calling them home.

Krystal Sutherland's latest novel is a dark and twisty modern-day fairytale that expertly melds the fantastical with the real as the Hollow sisters discover just how much horror can lie beneath the surface.

Children’s / Teenage fiction and true stories

Age: From 14 years

Paperback

Krystal Sutherland

304 pages

H: 197mm W: 130mm Spine: 25mm

Weight: 270 grams