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Publisher's Summary

A young woman discovers a strange portal in her uncle's house, leading to madness and terror in this gripping new novel from the author of the "innovative, unexpected, and absolutely chilling" (Mira Grant, Nebula Award-winning author) The Twisted Ones.

Pray they are hungry.

Kara finds these words in the mysterious bunker that she’s discovered behind a hole in the wall of her uncle's house. Freshly divorced and living back at home, Kara now becomes obsessed with these cryptic words and starts exploring the peculiar bunker - only to discover that it holds portals to countless alternate realities. But these places are haunted by creatures that seem to hear thoughts...and the more you fear them, the stronger they become.

With her distinctive "delightfully fresh and subversive" (SF Bluestocking) prose and the strange, sinister wonder found in Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, The Hollow Places is another compelling and white-knuckled horror novel that you won't be able to pause.

©2020 Ursula Vernon. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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It was Good

I feel like the premise of the story was good! The narrator was good. It had good characters. The book was good.
I wish it was better though. It had the potential of being supremely horrifying. But instead, the author had the characters take on a absurd humour throughout the horror. I thought it took away from the imagery.

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Enjoyable listen. I like the cat

Interesting story and pretty entertaining. I wouldn't say it was in any way scary though. But definitely enjoyable :)

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Refreshingly new type of story

It was such an enjoyable story with fleshed out characters and a horror you couldn't see coming

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Loved everything about it!

Creepy, funny, great characters and amazing narration! I’m pressuring my friends and family to read it so I have someone to relive the best parts with!

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  • Graham KUNISCH
  • 2020-10-28

This could have been a great suspense novel.

2.5 stars the story was there but the writing was not. This read like a journal entry of a teenager. There were many opportunities for the author to create suspense and mystery but they were truly missed. I had high hopes that this would be a really good October read, but was let down in the end. The performance was ok and unfortunately the readers voice was grating. I made it through thinking it would all fall together in the end but it never did. The last few chapters seemed out of place and did not really connect for me with the rest of the story. This novel was close to a DNF.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2020-10-14

Kingfisher sticks another landing!

I really enjoy the way T. kingfisher writes. The narration felt a little rocky at first for some
reason and I’m not sure why, but either way after a point she nailed it 100% (she narrated The Twisted Ones and I loved it). I really enjoy these stand alone novels but I wholly loved The Ckockwork Boys series. Really anything she’s written is worth a go!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-10-30

Chekov's Corpse Otter

Another great, spoopy yarn from T. Kingfusher. Mysterious, fascinating, and creepy, I can't wait for the next book.

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  • Nathan T. Wilson
  • 2020-10-11

Kinda like NeverWhere except in the US.

Loving the characters, creepy spooky setting, similar in tone to Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, except set in the US.

I was disappointed with the voice actor, she also did The Twisted Ones, and she just has one of those voices that is just mentally typecasted to that one character, and so now when I hear her read for any other protagonist it sounds like the wrong person somehow. I will admit she did a great job with Simon's voice, but it was hard for me to associate her with Kara.
I really think they should have just gotten a new reader for this book.

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  • katiegreen
  • 2020-11-11

Go in with humour

This story is bizarre. It's reads more like a kooky horror movie rather than being terrifying. If you go into this book looking more for a laugh I think you will enjoy it. The characters are enjoyable if you assume they are running on pure hysteria. I can't say I hate this book or love it. It just leaves me feeling like ok, that just happened.

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  • Stephanie Vinke
  • 2021-02-23

another awesome horror story from T Kingfisher

ok so, I hate writing spoilers in reviews, so I'll try and avoid that as much as possible.

I will say there is a sense of environmental/body horror that makes me think of The Sicklands or Annihilation. If you really like either of those, but wanted the protagonists to be normal folks you'll really dig this.

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  • EF
  • 2021-02-04

Hilarious and Horrifying

The narration was fantastic, I found the main characters funny and relatable, and the descriptions of the various horrors of the willow world came across as utterly chilling. I highly recommend if you like some humor with your horror or you like chills that will stick with you for a bit. I do not recommend listening to this via your car’s Bluetooth while driving 2 1/2 hours back home, alone, at night, down rural, unlit, southern backroads that are lined with many different types of trees, including willows.

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  • Olive
  • 2021-01-14

creepy and fun

I didn't find this book particularly scary but it was witty and interesting. The characters were fun and what is a better setting for a story than a portal into another world inside of a museum of assorted curios?

the narration was great, she captured the protagonists voice well.

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  • Kathleen Kinard
  • 2020-12-22

Entertaining, but not frightening

I wouldnt call this a horror story, not really. There are horror elements, sure, and I enjoyed immensely the little pop/nerd culture references that made Cara familiar and relatable. But... just not the least bit scary.

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  • Jennifer H.
  • 2020-11-19

Meh

All the elements were there for a good story but I just couldn't get into this one.