- File Size: 430 KB
- Print Length: 159 pages
- Publication Date: April 2, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007QYPTTA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,023,702 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Hollows Kindle Edition
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Reviewed by J Bryden Lloyd
Writing Style - 4.0/5.0 (Very Good)
A very skilful blend of the supernatural and tension is coupled up with some nicely thought-out characters, to make this into a book worth reading.
Although this is not a genre I tend to read a great deal of, when I do I like to be entertained and Napier certainly managed to do that with this genuine page-turner.
The dialogue is considered and pulls you in nicely to the atmosphere of the scene. The characters are filled with just enough flaws to make you think twice about what they might do next, and the scene-building as of a high standard throughout.
Character Development - 4.5/5.0 (Excellent)
I liked all the characters in this work. I even had an uncomfortable fondness for the bad-guy, which is testament to the writing of this particular character being far superior to the others.
The mother character was one of the quickest introductions and you do get a lot of background which perhaps paints her as being a little bland. Nevertheless, she does develop into a more rounded character as the story progresses.
The two police officers are good as supporting characters and you get to know enough about them to keep your interest in them.
As for the character who is central to the plot; young Casey is very nicely drawn, and as an unwilling participant in the main plot, the author builds him very nicely into a very conflicted person, torn between doing what he knows he must, or putting trust in the possibility that everything will be alright in the end.
Descriptive - 4.0/5.Read more ›
The books centers around a place called the Hollows, a cursed place that the whole town seems to know about but never speak of. And it is here that Richard plans to take his son. He manages to steal him right out from under Casey's mother's nose, and for much of the story we read as she tries to get him back, with the help of two police officers, Nelson and Moreno.
There are some faults though. The cops in the book, Moreno and Nelson, are so similar I sometimes forgot who was who, and everyone speaks the same way; meaning that dialogue is never used to reveal character. Oddly enough, it is Richard, the antagonist in the story, who the reader most emphasizes with. The mother is a fairly typical mother-character, without faults or desires of her own and so she falls a little short of being complete.
The book closes with a standoff in the legendary Hollows, and a surprising and satisfying resolution.
Overall, an exciting and quickly-read story of the supernatural and a small-town curse.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've enjoyed every one of Napier's books that I've read. I only wish they were longer and/or that there were a lot more of them.Published 23 months ago by Texas Celt
This is the first of Barry's books I read. It kept me coming back for more! He is a fantastic storyteller!Published on July 22, 2014 by Mark Hudson