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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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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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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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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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Not for me

The beginning of the story where the characters are introduced is incredible. Wonderful people I wish I could meet. After that it just gets dull. If I had realized this was a modern retelling of The Willows by Algernon Blackwood I would have skipped it entirely.

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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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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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Good Luck Looking at a Willow Tree Again

There were some spine tingling moments, some very squinted looks of confusion and some out loud laughs while following this story. Kind of like Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer popped in for some input on a Neil Gaiman-esque story. Kingfisher does a great job of imagery even though I'm still trying to wrap my head around how anyone could describe a 4th dimensional nightmareverse.

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my only complaint is that it ended

this book was just wonderful in all of the ways! the author's voice, the excellent narrator, the completely three-dimensional characters and the creepy other world that creeps into the characters world- I will absolutely listen to this again 💖

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Cool, scary, but characters lack

I liked this book. The idea was cool, the story pushed forward with momentum, and I was genuinely scared and intrigued. My biggest issue was with the characters and they’re lack of appeal. I get that a person— someone who loves sci-fi/ fantasy (and, ahem, writes it, no offense) is probably more of an “indoor” type. Meaning they probably lack in the social skills department. That said, writers—and we’re all indoor people when you get down to it—need to make it their mission to observe human nature with depth, compassion, and lack of judgement.

The choice to make a main character’s overall personality trait be “sarcastic” makes them actually appear to be quite vulnerable and insecure. Sarcasm doesn’t equal comedy. It’s a transparent quality used as a defense mechanism. I say this because the journey these character embark on is so extraordinary, how the character reacts is crucial. But if you can’t nail down character the story will suffer as a result. I’m sure many readers won’t care or notice the difference and I’m sure the author would get defensive if they were to hear this kind of feedback, but it definitely makes what could be a great novel to just mediocre.

If the story was told from a character who acted sarcastic as a cover and was actually aware and honest about this flaw, I think this would have been a much, much better novel.

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some improvements needed, but saves itself

narrator is not great, drags on for a while in the beginning. the other world imagery could use more detail, pulls itself together at the end

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