Release date: June 7, 2016
Twenty-year-old Finley Montgomery is rarely alone. Visited by people whom others can’t see and haunted by prophetic dreams, she has never been able to control or understand the things that happen to her. When Finley’s abilities start to become too strong for her to handle – and even the roar of her motorcycle or another dazzling tattoo can’t drown out the voices – she turns to the only person she knows who can help her: her grandmother Eloise Montgomery, a renowned psychic living in The Hollows, New York.
Merri Gleason is a woman at the end of her tether after a ten-month-long search for her missing daughter, Abbey. With almost every hope exhausted, she resorts to hiring Jones Cooper, a detective who sometimes works with psychic Eloise Montgomery. Merri’s not a believer, but she’s just desperate enough to go down that road, praying that she’s not too late. Time, she knows, is running out.
As a harsh white winter moves into The Hollows, Finley and Eloise are drawn into the investigation, which proves to have much more at stake than even the fate of a missing girl. As Finley digs deeper into the town and its endless layers, she is forced to examine the past, even as she tries to look into the future. Only one thing is clear: The Hollows gets what it wants, no matter what.
Mysteries and thrillers are my hands down favorite types of book to read. Nothing excites me more than discovering a new to me author and I seriously cannot believe it took me this long to get my hands on one of Lisa Unger’s books! Her writing style is right up my alley and I’m quite sure she’ll be right up there next to some of my other favorite mystery/thriller novelists.
This book is absolutely gripping and had me completely drawn in and consumed from the first few pages. I was immediately connected to Finley and Merri right from their first appearances. They are both haunted individuals, but for completely different reasons. Finley is tormented by her “gift” of prophetic dreams. She’s struggling to navigate this unknown path in her life that she never asked for.Merri is living every parents worst nightmare; her daughter Abbey,has been missing for months. As a parent to young children myself, there were several moments throughout the book where my heart was fluttering as I could feel Merri’s panic and anxiety through the pages.
The setting that Unger creates in the Hollows is stunning. You can feel the chill of the woods and at times I would swear that I could almost hear the whispers of the woods. She paints a picture of a terrifying forest that demands things of its residents. The addition of paranormal phenomena only seeks to add to the intense and chilling atmosphere. While paranormal/psychic encounters play a large role in the book, Unger brings it to a basic human level that is completely relatable even if you are a skeptic.
As usual, I don’t want to give too much away as the twists in this novel are shocking and fantastic. It was a wild ride that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. If you like a good psychological thriller with intrigue and suspense, then this one is for you.
Overall rating: 4.5/5
Thanks to Netgalley and Touchstone for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.