"Spectacular! The Hollow keeps you reading from beginning to end without coming up for air."
----L.J. Smith, bestselling author of The Vampire Diaries and Night World"Verday's paranormal romance has an intriguing premise and hot cover that will easily attract a teen female readership....With a cliffhanger ending and impending sequel this novel will find many fans."
----BooklistThis debut novel is the first in a planned trilogy that combines elements of the horror and romance genres. It is told from sixteen-year-old high school student Abbey's first-person perspective as she grieves the disappearance and presumed death of her best friend, Kristen. Abbey mourns Kristen by visiting their favorite local hang outs—the grave of Washington Irving and the banks of the Crane River. She makes the acquaintance of Nikolas, a grandfatherly type and self-described caretaker of the cemetery, and Caspian, a good-looking teen from a neighboring town. While both new friends provide support to Abbey in her grief, the nightmares that plague her and her feeling of isolation at school refuse to abate. When Abbey discovers that Caspian and Nikolas are seemingly inexplicably enemies, she begins to question both men's origins and comes to a dramatic (and spooky) conclusion. Peppered with references to Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and informed by urban legend, this long novel establishes the trilogy's central character and her New York setting and suggests two mysteries: Kristen's disappearance and death and the origins of Caspian and Nikolas. Fans of the Twilight series will be prepared for the novel's epic length whereas fans of romance-tinged horror fantasy will appreciate the novel's incorporation of what would seem to be a doomed love story. Reviewer: Amy S. Pattee (VOYA)"For the high school students who have fallen in love with the supernatural, Verday's first novel will sweep them away. This is a ghost story set in the heart of America's first ghost story, Sleepy Hollow." Reviewer: JanisFlint-Ferguson
From the Back Cover
"I reached out and touched the casket lid. It was cold. So cold that I immediately snatched my hand away. It almost felt like it had burned me.
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I just stood there. I couldn't bring myself to say anything...not out loud, at least. But a thousand thoughts raged inside my head, while a thousand feelings raged inside my heart.
The weather mimicked my emotions. A fierce wind rattled by, howling in outrage. The edges of the plastic awning flapped angrily against the aluminum poles holding it up and made a horrible rining sound. Even the rain pounded harder, lashing out its bitterness.
And that was when I felt someone watching me."