House of Hollow

Rating: 4/5

Trigger Warnings: blood, gore, violence, murder, attempted murder, death, death of a loved one, self-harm, suicide, body horror, attempted sexual assault.

My sisters. My blood. My skin. What a gruesome bond we shared.

Well, at first glance I thought this was going to be a typical mystery-thriller and I couldn’t have been more wrong. The book was incredibly unsettling at times but I managed to pull through mostly due to Sutherland’s use of imagery in her writing. The story follows Iris Hollow who is trying to run from her past but when her oldest sister mysteriously disappears, Iris finds herself on a journey to uncover what truly happened that night with the clues her sister left her. Will she able to put the pieces together and will she never find peace?

So let’s unpack all of this cause this book was a rollercoaster ride of emotions that I didn’t expect. I didn’t expect this to be as dark as it was but like I mentioned, Sutherland’s writing and use of imagery made me glued to the book. One thing that I did struggle with throughout the book is that I felt like I wasn’t fully invested in the characters since it was more plot driven, but I do that think that was intentional and it worked for this story. But with that said, the Iris and her sisters all have unique and different characteristics and out of the three, I connected to Iris the most who was empathetic, kind, observant and quiet.

The plot is what really held this book together for me because I found it very well written with Sutherland’s prose and with connecting the character’s psychological backstory into had me turning the page with angst and fear. This plot was anything but predictable with so many twists and turns that had me in shock.

Even with the graphic descriptions and unsettling themes, this book did hold my attention and I found myself unwilling to put it down. This book may not be for everyone which is why I wanted to include the trigger warnings for those who plan or thinking about reading it. But, if you like dark fantasy or even if you like fantasy and you’re willing to give it a go, I do hope you enjoy it.

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