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Twenty-year-old Finley Montgomery is rarely alone. Visited by people whom others can’t see and haunted by prophetic dreams, she has never been able to control or understand the things that happen to her. When Finley’s abilities start to become too strong for her to handle – and even the roar of her motorcycle or another dazzling tattoo can’t drown out the voices – she turns to the only person she knows who can help her: her grandmother Eloise Montgomery, a renowned psychic living in The Hollows, New York.
Merri Gleason is a woman at the end of her tether after a ten-month-long search for her missing daughter, Abbey. With almost every hope exhausted, she resorts to hiring Jones Cooper, a detective who sometimes works with psychic Eloise Montgomery. Merri’s not a believer, but she’s just desperate enough to go down that road, praying that she’s not too late. Time, she knows, is running out.
As a harsh white winter moves into The Hollows, Finley and Eloise are drawn into the investigation, which proves to have much more at stake than even the fate of a missing girl. As Finley digs deeper into the town and its endless layers, she is forced to examine the past, even as she tries to look into the future. Only one thing is clear: The Hollows gets what it wants, no matter what.
Well hot diggity dog, The Hollows is back!
I tend to stick with realism, but Lisa Unger totally delivers on this tale of Finley, a seriously badass woman with a gift, trying to solve a missing child case. Unger can somehow make the paranormal seem normal to the point where I was constantly reminding myself “this is fiction, this is fiction, this is fiction” so I wouldn’t be so scared. This is one super creepy story – prepare for a heart-pounding, fast-paced read. I actually had to turn all the lights on while reading this at night.
I feel like I should put in a warning: there is some non graphic violence against children. If you’re sensitive to this material you may want to stay away – it is difficult to read at times. I am generally very wary of this subject matter, so I felt the need for a disclaimer.
This book is not part of a series, but is set in The Hollows, a common thread in several of Unger’s other books. There is some character crossover which is very cool to see. This can be read as a standalone, however if you’d like to start from the beginning, pick up Fragile.
4 out of 5 stars.
Thank you, Netgalley, for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.