Published in July 2021, The Hollows by Mark Edwards follows journalist Tom who, with his marriage over and his career in freefall, decides to reconnect with his fourteen-year-old daughter, Frankie. Desperate to spend precious time together now that they live an ocean apart, he brings her to Hollow Falls, a cabin resort deep in the woods of Maine.
From the outset, there’s something a little eerie about the place — strange whispers in the trees, windchimes echoing through the forest. But Hollow Falls has a gruesome history: twenty years ago this week, a double slaying shut down the resort. The crime was never solved, and now the woods are overrun with murder-obsessed tourists looking to mark the grim anniversary.
It’s clear that there’s something deeply disturbing going on at Hollow Falls. And as Tom’s dream trip turns into a nightmare, he and Frankie are faced with a choice: uncover the truth, or get out while they still can.
This is the first book by Mark Edwards that I have read and I was really excited to pick one of his books up as I have heard only good things about his work. And I can definitely see why.
The Hollows is a well-written and atmospheric thriller that combines true crime with a hint of horror. With a spooky setting and a ghostly presence stalking these characters, you can really get a sense of the dark woodland location and of the fearful situation that these characters find themselves in.
Fast-paced and immersive, this was such an exciting read and I had a lot of fun trying to figure it out. I can’t wait to read more by Mark Edwards after this and already have a few waiting for me on my kindle!
I won’t say too much here as I don’t want to insult anybody involved, but I did not get on with the audiobook version of this at all and I had to give up with it part-way through. When you’re listening to an audiobook, you want the narrator to have personality to bring the story to life, but this one had too much personality. The accents sounded sarcastic and I just couldn’t take it seriously. Sorry!