The Hollow by Jessica Verday
*We originally posted this a very long time ago. We mentioned it recently so we thought we would post it again.*
Book Description: Abby’s best friend Kristen vanishes sending Abby into a tailspin. Everyone thinks she fell into the river but without a body Abby refuses to believe it’s true. When Kristen’s body washes up down river Abby decides to look for answers. She’s urged on by a mysterious boy that she meets in the cemetery. A mysterious boy that turns out to be another mystery to solve.
My Review: This book takes place in Sleepy Hollow, New York. Home of Washington Irving‘s iconic and beloved tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I’m a sucker for reimagined classics and this book doesn’t disappoint. It isn’t the main attraction though.
Abby meets Caspian, the afore mentioned mysterious boy, in the cemetery that she and Kristen always hung out in. It may appear creepy that the cemetery is where most of the story takes place but then again it’s a character in this book. Abby spends time there even after Kristen’s death talking to Washington Irving’s grave. Irving’s grave is where she meets the cemetery’s caretaker. I won’t blow the surprise twist but finding out who the caretaker really is sends Abby off the deep end.
Caspian turns out to be more mysterious than she could ever have imagined. His on and off behavior helps to unravel Abby’s mental stability. The whole time I was reading this I knew something was up with him but I couldn’t decide what it was.
This book was fun to read and made me want to take another look at The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The book went fast and I liked Abby. She’s a well rounded character. She makes perfume and wants to have her own business in Sleepy Hollow one day. I liked that she had goals and wasn’t waiting with baited breath for Caspian to do something. That’s what drove me crazy about Twilight. Bella’s only real interest was Edward. That isn’t true with Abby. Abby tries to focus on her perfume and business plan in addition to her homework with her science partner.
I liked this book and you will too especially if you’ve jumped on the Sleepy Hollow TV show band wagon.
Abby deals with her best friends death and the secrets that she left behind.