- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 19 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brandy Nacole's Books
- Audible.com Release Date: November 20, 2017
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077H4KYLP
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Deep in the Hollow Audiobook – Unabridged
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The reveal behind the mystery could have been supported a bit more by lacing a few more of the details throughout the story and it could have added a bit more "pow" to it. It felt a little rushed and unconnected, but not so much it was dissatisfying. I also got a little lost with all the family connection explanations, but paid enough attention to get the point.
Overall, was an enjoyable read and the writing was above par for many of these freebies (thank you!!). I don't think I rolled my eyes even once :-)
*Disclaimer: I received this book free in exchange for my honest review.*
This is the story of Jo who boyfriend has died and while dealing with his death she is blamed. She starts to be haunted. It isn't until Cooper enters her life that she starts to get a hold on her life. Together they are looking into the mystery in the woods and they start to learn things they never knew about the town and the people in it. That's all the details I want to reveal. This book is worth the suspense and the surprise. In the beginning of this story I didn't understand some things but that just adds to mystery. I found that I couldn't put it down because I needed to find out more. And I loved Jo. Her attitude had me cracking up.
I recommend this book to fans of a good paranormal mystery. But it is not a typical paranormal story. That is another reason I loved it.
Jo is a typical teenager faced with very untypical circumstances. A year ago she witnessed the death of her boyfriend Bryce and the circumstances were less than ordinary. Something attacked them at the overlook and pushed Bryce over the stone wall and into the hollow. Problem is, nobody believes her. In fact, everyone in the little town seems to think that she killed her boyfriend. So Jo turned from the leader of the cheering squad and popular girl into the school pariah. Only Jo isn't as crazy as everyone thinks, and monsters do exist. And this one isn't done with her yet…
I loved Jo. She has a very distinct voice and is a very interesting and believable character. How do you deal with a tragedy like that when you are barely 18 and struggling with your life as it is? She has PTSD and survivor guilt, and recurring nightmares of the thing that attacked her and Bryce that fateful night. So much so that she's almost persuaded herself that she is slowly going crazy.
And it doesn't help that the police thinks she's guilty, and that everyone in school think the same. Even her parents bailed and left town, abandoning her with her older brother. Her brother tries to help, but the big problem is that he doesn’t believe her when she says there's a monster haunting her dreams and think that it's all due to depression.
How do you cope with that and not break? How do you keep on living when everyone around you would rather wish you slunk away and quietly died somewhere out of sight? Even adults would crack under that pressure. So I really admire Jo for hanging on in there and for finding the courage to do what's right when the truth comes to light.
All these trials have made her cynical, with a rather gloomy outlook at life, but she still possesses a wry sense of humor that gives us a glimpse of the firecracker she used to be before tragedy ripped her life apart.
The story itself is suspenseful and interesting as well. I love the way it deals with difficult themes like loss and grief and the need to move on (and the guilt that arises when you are starting to move on). I liked how the author managed to show the stifling atmosphere of a little town where everybody knows everybody and rumors spread at the speed of sound. And where deep dark secrets are kept from generation to generation.
SPOILER!!!! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!
The gripe I had mentioned earlier has to do with the coven that comes into the limelight in the last part of the book. First, it felt like it popped into existence almost out of nowhere. Second, the members of the coven were way too bat s*** crazy to be believable. I mean how can they function and appear normal in everyday life when they fly off the handle like it was depicted in the scene on the overlook?
But apart from that, it was a very enjoyable read, and I would love to see this book turned into a series.
PS. I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.