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Quick Fire Review: House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

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House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

Published: 6th April 2021 | Publisher: Hot Key Books | Source: Bought
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A dark, twisty modern fairytale where three sisters discover they are not exactly all that they seem and evil things really do go bump in the night.

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. They have insatiable appetites yet never gain weight. People find them disturbingly intoxicating, unbearably beautiful, and inexplicably dangerous.

But now, ten years later, seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow is doing all she can to fit in and graduate high school on time--something her two famously glamourous globe-trotting older sisters, Grey and Vivi, never managed to do. But when Grey goes missing without a trace, leaving behind bizarre clues as to what might have happened, Iris and Vivi are left to trace her last few days. They aren't the only ones looking for her though. As they brush against the supernatural they realize that the story they've been told about their past is unraveling and the world that returned them seemingly unharmed ten years ago, might just be calling them home.
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  • I was actually quite disappointed with House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland. While there's a sinister atmosphere and growing tension throughout, it fell quite flat for me in the end.
  • House of Hollow is a mystery and a horror in one. What happened to the Hollow sisters when they disappeared years ago? What's happened to Grey this time? And who is the strange man wearing the skull of bull that seems to be following Iris?
  • I was intrigued by the mystery, though the what of the story was pretty obviously from fairly early on, so it was the why and the how that I was looking forward to. But the big reveal was massively disappointing. Most of my questions weren't answered, and I felt the build up should have led to something bigger than what we got.
  • The horror element was also really disappointing. The scariest aspects of the story happen off page, so we never actually see them. There's all this build up that doesn't really lead to very much. 
  • House of Hollow wasn't for me, but do read some other reviews before deciding whether or not to read it yourself.
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