Thursday, 10 March 2022

Lets talk House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

 Hey lovelies, welcome back! 

Krystal Sutherland debut, Our Chemical Hearts, is one of my favourite accidental discoveries, and her new novel, House of Hollow, is no different! 

10 years ago, the Hollow sisters disappeared without a trace. A month later they reappeared with no memory of what had happened to them. Ever since, eerie, inexplainable occurrences happen around them, and girls are always at the centre. When Grey, the eldest, goes missing, Vivi and Iris are left behind to figure it out - but they aren't the only ones looking for her... Suddenly, they realise Grey's disappearance is related to what happened 10 years ago, and only by confronting it can they save Grey, but do they really want to know...  

As soon as I read the synopsis, I knew this book would be right up my street, and from the very first page, I was hooked! Supernatural, magical, horror? YES PLEASE!!! 

Everything about Sutherland's writing, from the characters names (Grey, Vivi, Iris, Adelaide), to the intricate descriptions of wisteria snaking in through the window, is hauntingly beautiful and fits the aesthetic perfectly.

The plot is gripping, and culminates in such an unexpected, disturbing twist that you don't expect but would be disappointed with anything else. Narrated by Iris, the youngest sister, you become fully immersed in her perspective and share her thoughts, fears, and feelings as if they were your own.  

Although there is no sexual content, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone under 15yrs. The themes and climax are quite dark and twisted that even I was shocked. Think of the original Grimm's fairy tales where the ugly sisters cut off their feet to fit in the glass slipper - it's very reminiscent.

Intoxicating, hauntingly beautiful, folklore-ish, Grimm's fairytale-esque, that vibrates magic-realism, House of Hollow had me gripped till the very last sentence! 

Until next time, lovelies!  


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