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Dark Hollows by Steve French

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Source: HQ Stories
Rating: 4’5/5

About The Book

Your past is catching up with you.
Jacob Reese enjoys the quiet life, running a coffee shop and renting out his cottage in The Hollows, Vermont.
But the calm is shattered when a woman who looks eerily similar to his ex-girlfriend Laura turns up to stay in the cottage, and leaves a mysterious note in the guest book.
Now Jacob’s seeing Laura everywhere—a glimpse of her face across the street, her music box left outside his house, a gift he gave her years before hanging from the trees.
But it can’t be Laura. Because Laura’s dead.

My Thoughts

Dark Hollows is an easy read, mysterious and so addictive that you’ll not be able to put it down. I’ll say from the beginning that I started this book during a flight and when I landed I almost finished it, I was so absorbed by the story that the trip passed like an exhale!
This is a mysterious read, but since the beginning you can feel that there’s something more behind the mysterious ex-girlfriend that Jacob Reese seem to have seen. We will see some flashbacks from the past to let the reader discover the truth about all the mystery, but you can sense that Jacob is not a bad person, he is not perfect but is trying to live peacefully and not wrong anyone. On the other side “Laura”, the woman he thinks he has seen, seems to have a secret agenda to make him pay. But for what? Is Laura really dead?
I’ve read so many psychological thrillers that some of the “questions” of the story I saw the result before the ending, but the story is not really about Laura being dead or alive but more the story and what happened in the past.
I’ll admit that I really liked how Steve French wrote the story, it was like being part of it without even noticing that you are reading it, the story flows through you. The characters are really well described and the story is interesting to keep the reader guessing for the truth.
I am used to read psychological thrillers where the main character is a woman and everyone thinks that she is crazy, it was refreshing that it was a man seeing hallucinations and that the world is falling behind his feet!
I would really recommend to anyone to read Dark Hollows, it will abduct you from the first page!

About The Author

Steve Frech lives in Los Angeles. In addition to writing, he produces and hosts the Random Awesomeness Podcast, an improv-comedy quiz show that has been performed at Upright Citizens Brigade, The Improv, iO West, and Nerdist.