House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland, #96 review

Publication date : 6 April 2021

Seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow has always been strange. Something happened to her and her two older sisters when they were children, something they can’t quite remember but that left each of them with an identical half-moon scar at the base of their throats.

Iris has spent most of her teenage years trying to avoid the weirdness that sticks to her like tar. But when her eldest sister, Grey, goes missing under suspicious circumstances, Iris learns just how weird her life can get: horned men start shadowing her, a corpse falls out of her sister’s ceiling, and ugly, impossible memories start to twist their way to the forefront of her mind.

As Iris retraces Grey’s last known footsteps and follows the increasingly bizarre trail of breadcrumbs she left behind, it becomes apparent that the only way to save her sister is to decipher the mystery of what happened to them as children.

The closer Iris gets to the truth, the closer she comes to understanding that the answer is dark and dangerous – and that Grey has been keeping a terrible secret from her for years.

I am partially angry at myself for not being able to read this thin book in one seating and at the same time, I want to thank yourself for savouring it slowly in the span of dayS. There are a total of 4 Narnia reference, Krystal Sutherland is out here to remind us of Narnia.

To sum it up : Narnia but make it Ethereal Horror

“I’d realised there were scarier things in the world than the monsters that lived in my nightmares.”

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

This book is such a well-excuted masterpiece of combining a twinge of horror with mystery. It is a fantasy book set in the modern world, you might think it would be written too contemporary and the fantasy elements are out of place. Nope, everything blends flawlessly. Especially since the whimsy element was introduced head-on at page one! It follows the folklore behind eerie abandoned doors in real-world places like a fairytale century-old cobblestone town or an old forest with twisted branches.

I loved everything. So much that I would want to read it again after I finish writing this review. Iris Hollow is the youngest of The Hollow Sisters. Ever since Grey, Vivi and Iris disappeared on a street in Scotland at midnight as children only to return a month a later naked and bloody, unusual occurrences follow them like bees attracted to flowers. They started changing. Once dark-haired, now white. Blue eyes turned black. They have unquenchable appetites that are really black holes to food, yet never gain weight. Maybe all the calories went into the black holes or crazily high metabolism? Hmmm, read the book! People around the world find them intoxicating and hauntingly ethereal, they are obsessed with them to the point there is even a Reddit page dedicated to their disappearance case.

“She was fourteen then, and already the most beautiful creature I could imagine. I wanted to peel the skin from her body and wear it draped over mine.”

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland 

Now, seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow whose sole goal of High School is to blend in which isn’t easy given her famously alluring global superstar older sisters – Grey and Vivi’s notorious legacy at school.  When Grey Hollow a glamourous world-renowned couture designer suddenly took off, leaving behind only weird clues, Iris and Vivi (now a bad ass bass in a band) twin up to sniff her out.

This book is perfect for fantasy readers. Especially those who are into dark twisted fantasy that has Cinnamon Rolls who are angelic on the outside, savage on the inside. There is something for everyone. You will be reminded of this wholesome book about family on your occasional walks when you see flowers by the side of cracked brick walls, picturesque couture dresses, ghostly trees and cottage core aesthetic.

Thank you so much @definitelybooks for the ARC, it will be out 6 April 2021! Only a few more months to go!!

I think I might have accidentally found a door?

By elysianbooksish

The Bookish Faerie who loves to read and write, and bake too

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