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From the bestselling author of The House Guest comes a chilling story set deep in the woods… With his marriage over and his career in freefall, journalist Tom decides to reconnect with his fourteen-year-old daughter, Frankie. Desperate to spend precious time together now that they live an ocean apart, he brings her to Hollow Falls, a cabin resort deep in the woods of Maine. From the bestselling author of The House Guest comes a chilling story set deep in the woods… With his marriage over and his career in freefall, journalist Tom decides to reconnect with his fourteen-year-old daughter, Frankie. Desperate to spend precious time together now that they live an ocean apart, he brings her to Hollow Falls, a cabin resort deep in the woods of Maine. From the outset there’s something a little eerie about the place—strange whispers in the trees, windchimes echoing through the forest—but when Tom meets true-crime podcasters David and Connie, he receives a chilling warning. Hollow Falls has a gruesome history: twenty years ago this week, a double slaying shut down the resort. The crime was never solved, and now the woods are overrun with murder-obsessed tourists looking to mark the grim anniversary. It’s clear that there’s something deeply disturbing going on at Hollow Falls. And as Tom’s dream trip turns into a nightmare, he and Frankie are faced with a choice: uncover the truth, or get out while they still can.


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From the bestselling author of The House Guest comes a chilling story set deep in the woods… With his marriage over and his career in freefall, journalist Tom decides to reconnect with his fourteen-year-old daughter, Frankie. Desperate to spend precious time together now that they live an ocean apart, he brings her to Hollow Falls, a cabin resort deep in the woods of Maine. From the bestselling author of The House Guest comes a chilling story set deep in the woods… With his marriage over and his career in freefall, journalist Tom decides to reconnect with his fourteen-year-old daughter, Frankie. Desperate to spend precious time together now that they live an ocean apart, he brings her to Hollow Falls, a cabin resort deep in the woods of Maine. From the outset there’s something a little eerie about the place—strange whispers in the trees, windchimes echoing through the forest—but when Tom meets true-crime podcasters David and Connie, he receives a chilling warning. Hollow Falls has a gruesome history: twenty years ago this week, a double slaying shut down the resort. The crime was never solved, and now the woods are overrun with murder-obsessed tourists looking to mark the grim anniversary. It’s clear that there’s something deeply disturbing going on at Hollow Falls. And as Tom’s dream trip turns into a nightmare, he and Frankie are faced with a choice: uncover the truth, or get out while they still can.

30 review for The Hollows

  1. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    Entertaining Page-Turner! “Don’t forget to leave us a review on TripAdvisor.” The Hollows is a psychological thriller about a vacation that turns into a horror story. Tom, a flailing music journalist, travels from England to the U.S. excited to spend a two-week vacation at a rustic resort in Maine with his 14-year-old daughter, Frankie. Tom is a bit disappointed to discover that Hollow Falls is not all that is cracked up to be. Having not done a basic google search, Tom did not realize that Hal Entertaining Page-Turner! “Don’t forget to leave us a review on TripAdvisor.” The Hollows is a psychological thriller about a vacation that turns into a horror story. Tom, a flailing music journalist, travels from England to the U.S. excited to spend a two-week vacation at a rustic resort in Maine with his 14-year-old daughter, Frankie. Tom is a bit disappointed to discover that Hollow Falls is not all that is cracked up to be. Having not done a basic google search, Tom did not realize that Hallow Falls is the location of a unsolved ritualistic murder that took place 20 years ago. The resort is teeming with “dark tourists,” visitors obsessed with sensational crimes and serial killers who are eager to visit the site of the murder. On top of some odd tourists, strange staff members, and adjacent to a creepy town inhabited by even creepier people, Tom and Frankie’s vacation becomes less and less relaxing and quite strange. Tom and Frankie find themselves getting swept up in the murder mystery, and they soon find themselves in danger. The narrative is split primarily between Tom and Frankie, and there are also a few other voices mixed in. Tom is likable, if not forgettable. I found Frankie’s chapters a bit more interesting to read. In a nod to horror films, the setting provides the perfect backdrop for tension and suspense. The dark woods, the eerie town of Penance, and the creepy sets of twins add to the horror-themed atmosphere. There are references to horror movies and several of Mark Edward’s previous novels. There are also nods to the paranormal. The tone is eerie, as is the atmosphere, building to a creepy conclusion. However, The Hollows is not particularly a scary read. This is the second book in a row that I have read in which a crime occurs at a place with Hollows in the name (Hollow’s Edge is the other from Megan Miranda’s Such a Quiet Place). Maybe this is a message to stay away from places with Hollows in the name? Overall, this was a fun, fast-paced read fueled by both the atmosphere and Mark Edwards’ dark humor. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    4.5 Maine is beautiful, so picturesque, inviting and relaxing! Renting a cabin in the woods sounds wonderful, doesn't it? A place to unwind, unplug and reconnect -at least that is what Tom wanted to do with his fourteen-year-old daughter, Frankie. He sees her once a year as he lives in England and she lives with her mother in Albany, New York. Their yearly trips mean the world to him. What could go wrong? For starters, Tom did not research the camp or the dark history surrounding it. If he had lo 4.5 Maine is beautiful, so picturesque, inviting and relaxing! Renting a cabin in the woods sounds wonderful, doesn't it? A place to unwind, unplug and reconnect -at least that is what Tom wanted to do with his fourteen-year-old daughter, Frankie. He sees her once a year as he lives in England and she lives with her mother in Albany, New York. Their yearly trips mean the world to him. What could go wrong? For starters, Tom did not research the camp or the dark history surrounding it. If he had looked up the camp, he might have thought twice about selecting it, but he did not do his research and now he and his daughter are knee deep in some creepy, spooky stuff. I loved the premise of this book. A camp with a dark history. Things that go bump in the night. I love '80's horror films and this would make a good one! I read most of this book in one day as I did not want to put it down! Tom and Frankie are camping and make friends with fellow campers David, Connie and their son Ryan. Connie has a true crime podcast which has quite the following. They are at Hollow Falls because two teachers were murdered there and left displayed on rock. The suspected killer was never found. As it turns out, the other campers are murder obsessed tourists and fans of Connie's podcast as well. Almost twenty years ago the murders occurred so this is the perfect time to go camping there, right???? WRONG! To round out the fun, there are strange kids in town, strange whispers in the trees, the sound of wind chimes, creepy staff members amongst other things. Would you stay or would you go? Tell yourself it is all in your head or pay closer attention to the little hairs standing up on the back of your neck, alerting you that something just is not right. I loved this book from the very first page. It is creepy with underlying tension and had me wondering how the story would unfold. I loved Frankie and Tom's POV. I also enjoyed shaking my head at them and silently thinking "Has neither of these characters seen a horror film?" There are certain things you can do to survive: don't split up, don't leave anyone alone, if alone and told to stay somewhere - stay there, stay a virgin, don't open the door to strangers, look behind you, if you fall while running - get up off the ground and keep running, don't lie there crying and begging for your life, don't say you will be right back because you won’t, remember you are not a private investigator and it is not your job to solve whodunit, etc. I am not saying these things happen in the book, but these are just a few examples of things I learned watching horror movies. Another plus of this book is that it is spooky and atmospheric but not frightening. I loved the creepy vibe of this book. Readers know right away that something is not right. We are given glimpses into the past that alert us to the fact that something is wrong, but what? Plus, what is with the two little kids always playing in their front yard without a parent in sight??????? The town, the woods, the camp all set the stage. I am using the word 'creepy' a lot but that is the perfect word to describe this book! Like his other books, The Hollows was well written and perfectly paced. I was transported to Hollow Falls and felt as if I were in the woods with them. Edwards is an expert at setting the stage, building plot and mounting tension. From the very first page, I knew he was going to dazzle me. This book felt like a love letter to horror movies. I could think of several of them while reading this book. I also think this book would make a great movie! So, what is going on? Will you figure it out? Will Mark Edwards fool you? Fans of his will love this book. Edwards brings it on, and readers might not want to venture into the woods again! Plus, I enjoyed the ending! I thought the ending also played like a horror film. It ended the book perfectly for me. So, if you want to go camping this summer grab this book, watch a couple of horror films, as both might save your life! Dark, spooky, thrilling. Thank you to Amazon Publishing UK and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own. Read more of my reviews at www.openbookposts.com

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ceecee

    4.5 stars Tom Anderson lives in the UK, is divorced from his American wife who now lives in Albany with their daughter Frankie. Tom flies to the US and rents a cabin in Hollow Falls, Maine for some much needed off the grid father/daughter time. In the next cabin are David and Connie Butler and their son Ryan. They are ‘dark tourists, true crime buffs with Connie being a well known true crime podcaster. They tell Tom the ‘Hollows Horror Story’ from 1999 ..... Tom finds himself drawn in despite him 4.5 stars Tom Anderson lives in the UK, is divorced from his American wife who now lives in Albany with their daughter Frankie. Tom flies to the US and rents a cabin in Hollow Falls, Maine for some much needed off the grid father/daughter time. In the next cabin are David and Connie Butler and their son Ryan. They are ‘dark tourists, true crime buffs with Connie being a well known true crime podcaster. They tell Tom the ‘Hollows Horror Story’ from 1999 ..... Tom finds himself drawn in despite himself. Where to start with this one? First of all, it’s well written, it’s a visual read with some very atmospheric descriptions that sends chills down the spine and the atmosphere is maintained from start to finish. The deeper into the storyline you go it becomes a horror/thriller crossover and it would make a great Halloween read. There are some creepy characters, some are pure evil and with the nearest small town of Penance feeling like a ghost town of the Wild West that adds to the creep factor. If you add in the spooky, ghostly woods of Hollow Falls you have some good settings. The woods feel alive and eerie and the author gets that across so well it raises the hairs on the back of your neck. At the start of the book it just feels strange then the fear, threat and danger begins to build. I love that it has a Grimm's fairy tale feel with a big added dose of paganism and animism which is mixed in with the present day and the past. The plot becomes very twisty, unpredictable, ghostly and scary with several good nods to Stephen King. The novel is fast paced, easy to read and I eagerly gobble it up! The dark tourism angle is a good one and very believable with the true crime interest that many people have. My only negative is that I’m not convinced the Epilogue is needed as although it does give an air of uncertainty I think it would have been more powerful without it! Overall another compelling and immersive read from Mark Edwards and one that would make a great film which you might want to watch from behind the sofa!! With thanks to NetGalley and Amazon Publishing for the much appreciated arc in return for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Virginie

    I had a lot of fun reading this book! I alway enjoy this type of setting (campground / resort in the woods). For example, I really liked The Last Time I Lied, by Riley Sager. My only complaint (and the reason why I'm giving 3.5 stars instead of 4) is about the ending. I feel like an element wasn't necessary. I like plots with a lot of twists, but I prefer when these are realistic. In this case, I thought it was a bit too much. Thanks to my GR friends who recommended it to me when I didn't achieve I had a lot of fun reading this book! I alway enjoy this type of setting (campground / resort in the woods). For example, I really liked The Last Time I Lied, by Riley Sager. My only complaint (and the reason why I'm giving 3.5 stars instead of 4) is about the ending. I feel like an element wasn't necessary. I like plots with a lot of twists, but I prefer when these are realistic. In this case, I thought it was a bit too much. Thanks to my GR friends who recommended it to me when I didn't achieve to finish The Retreat, by the same author. This one was way better!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nazanin

    3 Stars Told in multiple POV, in 1st and 3rd person, it’s a standalone novel. The writing was good enough to make me read it to the end but I can’t say the same for the plot. It was predictable and I could guess the twist early on and the ending wasn’t what I like. It didn’t put my mind at rest. All in all, it fell flat for me and hope you enjoy it more than me!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Walsh

    DNF This was a mixture of horror and mystery, with some paganism and the fear of the supernatural thrown in. It was well written, but as a thriller, it did not maintain my attention or keep me engaged in its thrills or suspense. I can understand how so many loved this book, but I regret it was not working for me. I was confused when I began this book, as I had authors Mark Edwards and David Mark confused in my mind. The first had written The House Guest while the latter wrote The Guest House. Th DNF This was a mixture of horror and mystery, with some paganism and the fear of the supernatural thrown in. It was well written, but as a thriller, it did not maintain my attention or keep me engaged in its thrills or suspense. I can understand how so many loved this book, but I regret it was not working for me. I was confused when I began this book, as I had authors Mark Edwards and David Mark confused in my mind. The first had written The House Guest while the latter wrote The Guest House. The story was set in a resort in the Maine woods, where a shocking double murder occurred 20 years earlier. It was creepy and atmospheric, but I was not feeling the fear. I felt the author was trying too hard to replicate scenes from the 1970s and 1980s horror films that I enjoyed. Set in Stephen King territory, there were some nods to his stories. Both adults and teenagers reacted carelessly and foolishly, drawing themselves into more danger. There were some eccentric or odd characters adding to the overwhelming feeling of weirdness. I stopped reading halfway through and have decided to return to Maine to read the latest Stephen King book instead. I felt this would make a decent film as a homage to the old horror movies. My lack of engagement with this book should not deter prospective readers. It just didn't work for me at this time, but many have rated it highly. The book is available on Kindle Unlimited and free to members.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pauline

    I’m a fan of Mark Edwards and have enjoyed all his previous books, I was delighted to receive an ARC of his new book The Hollows. Tom is looking forward to travelling to America from his home in England to spend time with his fourteen year old daughter Frankie. He has booked a ten day trip to a cabin resort in Maine called Hollow Falls. Strange things start to happen after they arrive. Items are going missing from cabins, there are rumours of ghostly figures and then he finds out that this place i I’m a fan of Mark Edwards and have enjoyed all his previous books, I was delighted to receive an ARC of his new book The Hollows. Tom is looking forward to travelling to America from his home in England to spend time with his fourteen year old daughter Frankie. He has booked a ten day trip to a cabin resort in Maine called Hollow Falls. Strange things start to happen after they arrive. Items are going missing from cabins, there are rumours of ghostly figures and then he finds out that this place is famous for a double murder that happened twenty years ago. I enjoyed this book and read it in a day because I didn’t want to put it down. The story was creepy and full of tension. Thank you to NetGalley and Amazon Publishing for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    Tom takes his daughter Frankie into the woods at a fancy smancy new camp called the Hollows. Once there he meets some people that have a true crime podcast. Tom then discovers that the Maine woods has some secrets including the murder of a couple of teachers years ago. That's why the pod casters are there. It's the anniversary of the murders. *insert some spooky music* IS the murderer still in those woods twenty years later? Was it some kind of weird sacrifice? Guess what? I didn't hate this b Tom takes his daughter Frankie into the woods at a fancy smancy new camp called the Hollows. Once there he meets some people that have a true crime podcast. Tom then discovers that the Maine woods has some secrets including the murder of a couple of teachers years ago. That's why the pod casters are there. It's the anniversary of the murders. *insert some spooky music* IS the murderer still in those woods twenty years later? Was it some kind of weird sacrifice? Guess what? I didn't hate this book. I actually enjoyed the heck out of it. It kept me reading and just had the touch of spooky going the whole book through. Yes please. Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT

    Audio - 1 Star Brillance audio needs to write up whoever casted the narrator. Maybe give that person a different job. You don't disrespect a MARK EDWARDS book that, damnit! Story - 4.25 Stars Discovering the truth behind a true crime could get you killed. I really hope there will be a follow up to this book because that ending...ugh!! Audio - 1 Star Brillance audio needs to write up whoever casted the narrator. Maybe give that person a different job. You don't disrespect a MARK EDWARDS book that, damnit! Story - 4.25 Stars Discovering the truth behind a true crime could get you killed. I really hope there will be a follow up to this book because that ending...ugh!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    I have read most of Mark Edwards books and always find them to be exciting, fast paced addictive novels and this one was no different. The book grips the reader early on on continues to build up the tension and suspense throughout. Tom is single again following the breakup of his marriage and with a struggling career in journalism is looking to reconnect with his fourteen-year-old daughter, Frankie. He is eager to spend quality time with Frankie so he decides to take her to a cabin resort deep in I have read most of Mark Edwards books and always find them to be exciting, fast paced addictive novels and this one was no different. The book grips the reader early on on continues to build up the tension and suspense throughout. Tom is single again following the breakup of his marriage and with a struggling career in journalism is looking to reconnect with his fourteen-year-old daughter, Frankie. He is eager to spend quality time with Frankie so he decides to take her to a cabin resort deep in the woods of Maine called Hollow Falls. Hollow Falls is no ordinary holiday location and there is something very eerie about the place. This only increases when Tom meets true-crime podcasters David and Connie and they tell him of the areas chilling past. It is the twentieth anniversary of a double murder that occurred in Hollow Falls and caused the resort to shutdown. The crime was never solved, and now the woods are overrun with murder-obsessed tourists looking to mark the grim anniversary. It soon becomes obvious that this holiday is not going to turn out the way Tom had hoped and that there are some deeply disturbing going on at Hollow Falls. Tom’s hopes of a dream vacation turn into a nightmare as he and Frankie are faced with a choice: uncover the truth, or get out while they still can. Addictive mystery story that the reader will find difficult to put down. I would like to thank both Netgalley and Amazon Publishing UK for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    With his marriage over and his career in freefall, journalist Tom decides to reconnect with his fourteen year old daughter, Frankie. Desperate to spend time together now that they live oceans apart, he brings her to Hollow Falls, a cabin resort deep in the woods of Maine. From the outset, there's something a little eerie about the place - strange whispers in trees, windchimes echoing through the forest - but when Tom meets true-crime podcasters, David and Connie, he receives a chilling warning. With his marriage over and his career in freefall, journalist Tom decides to reconnect with his fourteen year old daughter, Frankie. Desperate to spend time together now that they live oceans apart, he brings her to Hollow Falls, a cabin resort deep in the woods of Maine. From the outset, there's something a little eerie about the place - strange whispers in trees, windchimes echoing through the forest - but when Tom meets true-crime podcasters, David and Connie, he receives a chilling warning. Hollow Falls has a gruesome history: twenty years ago this week, a double slaying shut down the resort. The crime was never solved. This is a steady paced, tense and atmospheric read. A double murder had taken place around Hollow Falls twenty years ago. The plotline will have to guessing until the end. It's also quite creepy. There's certainly a mixed bag of characters and you'll quickly be suspecting every single one of them. The storyline held my attention throughout, never knowing what was coming next. I would like to thank #NetGalley #AmazonPublishingUK and the author #MarkEdwards for my ARC of #TheHollows in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    The Hollows, as with a lot of novels by Mark Edwards, totally invites binge reading, which is pretty much what happened to me. I settled down for a couple of chapters and then didn’t put it down until I was done. Its a King-esque plot for sure, dark and creepy woods, scary kids, weird goings on, a local urban legend coming to life and a Father and Daughter caught in the middle. The plot fairly rocks along, descriptively chilling and I’m not embarrassed to say it caused one or two odd dreams the ni The Hollows, as with a lot of novels by Mark Edwards, totally invites binge reading, which is pretty much what happened to me. I settled down for a couple of chapters and then didn’t put it down until I was done. Its a King-esque plot for sure, dark and creepy woods, scary kids, weird goings on, a local urban legend coming to life and a Father and Daughter caught in the middle. The plot fairly rocks along, descriptively chilling and I’m not embarrassed to say it caused one or two odd dreams the night I finished it. What Mark Edwards does better than almost anyone else is to get under the readers skin without them even realising it until the lights go out.. I thought this was excellent. Addictive and unpredictable, edgy and haunting. A definite tick in all the right horror thriller boxes. Recommended. Hey at least it’s out in July – plenty of sunshine hopefully to chase the demons away.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Mitchell

    This is Mark Edwards darkest and creepiest book yet - which means it's right up my street! I absolutely loved The Hollows. He really set the scene in Hollow Falls and there were times when I had to shift in my chair as a shiver made its way up my spine. Having recently delved into the world of true crime myself, I totally understood the dark fascination that comes with it. But some take it a little too far... I'm not going to say anymore as I don't want to spoil the story but this is a totally im This is Mark Edwards darkest and creepiest book yet - which means it's right up my street! I absolutely loved The Hollows. He really set the scene in Hollow Falls and there were times when I had to shift in my chair as a shiver made its way up my spine. Having recently delved into the world of true crime myself, I totally understood the dark fascination that comes with it. But some take it a little too far... I'm not going to say anymore as I don't want to spoil the story but this is a totally immersive book with engaging characters and a chilling storyline which will keep you glued to the pages. Fans of Stephen King will particularly enjoy this offering and I recommend it to all.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Vickie

    British author Mark Edwards has written a number of psychological thrillers self described as where “scary things happen to ordinary people.” This is the first one I have read. Written from some different POVs, this was a quick, engrossing read. I was hesitant at first to read it as the description alluded to the paranormal, which I do not enjoy. However, although perhaps a bit mystical, it was not totally over the top. The setting will be somewhat familiar to horror fans and, taking place in Mai British author Mark Edwards has written a number of psychological thrillers self described as where “scary things happen to ordinary people.” This is the first one I have read. Written from some different POVs, this was a quick, engrossing read. I was hesitant at first to read it as the description alluded to the paranormal, which I do not enjoy. However, although perhaps a bit mystical, it was not totally over the top. The setting will be somewhat familiar to horror fans and, taking place in Maine, how could it not reference Stephen King? Edwards creates a good sense of place and atmosphere. I do find it annoying when people who know they or loved ones are in danger continue to do dumb things..but then again, without that happening, there wouldn’t be a story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    The Book Review Café

    The Hollows reminded me of the 1980s horrors movies I was so fond of watching back in the day, minus the dramatic music! The eerie location of Hollow Falls, a cabin resort deep in the woods of Maine, adds to the scary movie vibe. Hollow Falls has a gruesome history, it’s the 20th anniversary of a double murder, a crime which was never solved. Tom and his young daughter Frankie’s dream trip turns into their worst nightmare as events take an unpleasant turn. The Hollows has it all, odd characters, The Hollows reminded me of the 1980s horrors movies I was so fond of watching back in the day, minus the dramatic music! The eerie location of Hollow Falls, a cabin resort deep in the woods of Maine, adds to the scary movie vibe. Hollow Falls has a gruesome history, it’s the 20th anniversary of a double murder, a crime which was never solved. Tom and his young daughter Frankie’s dream trip turns into their worst nightmare as events take an unpleasant turn. The Hollows has it all, odd characters, strange happenings, paganism, mystery, local urban legends, creepy dark woods, layered with lashings of suspense.  I love the way the author puts ordinary people into the most frightening situations and then throws everything at them. You can’t help thinking, ‘what would I do in a similar situation?” I thought the book was slow to begin with. It seemed to take a while to get to the crux of the story. I appreciate Edwards used this time to set the scene, build on the atmosphere and introduce the reader to an array of characters, but I felt some parts added little to the story and slowed the pace of the read.  Weird things happen to Tom and Frankie, inhuman faces at the windows of their cabin, random items going missing, unexplained noises in the night. Each event feels like it’s leading up to something far more threatening. As events escalate, the tension grows and evil radiates from the pages. I enjoyed the second half of the book more it’s here, the tension ramps up a notch, the plot becomes far more sinister, and the mood of the book darkens. This was an entertaining, creepy read, but it’s not my favourite book from the author, I’m afraid. 

  16. 5 out of 5

    The Coycaterpillar Reads

    WARNING…do not read this book if you are camping, or, considering camping soon. You have been warned. “Don’t forget to leave a review on TripAdvisor!” Tom, a failing music journalist travels to the US from England to spend some well-needed vacation time with his daughter, Frankie. His relationship with her mother deteriorated, they went through a divorce and she moved to Albany with their daughter. He only has one week a year with her and he books a vacation in Hollow Falls, a place with a histor WARNING…do not read this book if you are camping, or, considering camping soon. You have been warned. “Don’t forget to leave a review on TripAdvisor!” Tom, a failing music journalist travels to the US from England to spend some well-needed vacation time with his daughter, Frankie. His relationship with her mother deteriorated, they went through a divorce and she moved to Albany with their daughter. He only has one week a year with her and he books a vacation in Hollow Falls, a place with a history, a dark tourist hotspot, and an eventual new chapter in its horror story. Frankie and Tom have a strained relationship mainly due to the distance and her raging teenage hormones. As the chapters fly by, their relationship gets closer right in front of the reader’s eye. It’s normal, an everyday relationship that is held back by decisions made by adults that don’t know everything. It’s not their usual holiday, but Tom thinks it’s worth a shot if only he did a quick google search before booking! They don’t know Hollow Falls grisly history and they are about to have it smack bang in their faces! Hopefully, this won’t be the last vacation they have together. This book creeped me out. The atmosphere was perfect. Take a walk through the woods, expect to hear the ominous tone of windchimes, the ability to get lost at the drop of a hat, and mysterious creatures with the faces of a fox, Goat, and a Crow. Oh, and why do things mysteriously disappear? The chill was a permanent feature descending my spine. A set of creepy twins, a ghost town by the name of Penance, and the suspense of what happening twenty years ago. Hollow Falls was the scene of a brutal double murder twenty years ago. Two lovers were killed in the act, shall we say. The resort has attracted “dark tourists” and teamed with even creepier staff members, things are off from the get-go. Mark Edwards has taken me back with a distinct nod to 80’s horror – it feels very Camp Crystal Lake. He knows how to anchor the creepiness into a genuine horror story. Edwards also injects the potential disaster that social media presents in this story. We have a scene where Frankie loses her phone and all data is wiped, her address noted, the school attended noted, everything…that aspect of the story is horrifying. Just how easy it would be for someone to find you if they wanted to. I flew through this story, it’s compulsive and it only takes Edwards a chapter or less to reel you in. The unease is there from the start, the characters become darker, and in the end, are the shadows ever safe? The Hollows is dark and intricately twisted…so hard to put down that I’m sure it almost needed prising out of my hands. If you go down to the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise…

  17. 4 out of 5

    Scottsdale Public Library

    Another great book by Mark Edwards! This is the third book I've read by this author, and I'm definitely going to read more. His books are mystery / suspense and always keep me guessing. In The Hollows, journalist Tom and his teenage daughter, Frankie, are spending a week at a campground / "cabin resort" deep in the woods of Maine. Their neighbors include David and Connie - true-crime podcasters - and their teenage son, Ryan. From David and Connie, Tom learns about the grim past of the area as the Another great book by Mark Edwards! This is the third book I've read by this author, and I'm definitely going to read more. His books are mystery / suspense and always keep me guessing. In The Hollows, journalist Tom and his teenage daughter, Frankie, are spending a week at a campground / "cabin resort" deep in the woods of Maine. Their neighbors include David and Connie - true-crime podcasters - and their teenage son, Ryan. From David and Connie, Tom learns about the grim past of the area as they happen to be staying at the resort close to the twentieth "anniversary" of a gruesome event in the woods. The varying points of view, both in present time and in the past, kept the story moving. The pacing was great and the twists kept me guessing until the end! Also, as frequent visitor to Maine, I felt Edwards really captured the small town community and appreciated that aspect of the book as well. (Although the small town the story is set in is fictional, the surrounding towns are real.) --Diana F.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Maddy

    Tom is divorced and lives in the UK whilst his ex wife and 14 year old daughter Frankie live in America. He doesn't see his daughter often enough, so when they can have time together, he decides to take her away to a cabin resort where there is no WiFi, and where they can share outdoor persuits such as walking in the woods and archery. The couple in the next cabin, David and Connie, are podcasters, who gleefully tell them that there was a famous murder that took place in the woods and that the mu Tom is divorced and lives in the UK whilst his ex wife and 14 year old daughter Frankie live in America. He doesn't see his daughter often enough, so when they can have time together, he decides to take her away to a cabin resort where there is no WiFi, and where they can share outdoor persuits such as walking in the woods and archery. The couple in the next cabin, David and Connie, are podcasters, who gleefully tell them that there was a famous murder that took place in the woods and that the murderer was never found. The best part of the trip for Frankie is that David and Connie have a son, Ryan, about her age, and soon the two are spending time together. Unfortunately Ryan's temper gets them into a whole heap of problems that none of them envisiged! Factor in some eerie woods, wind chimes ringing from somewhere deep in the forest, and some scary faces in the night, and Mark Edwards is on to a winner. I found myself holding my breath on several occasions, and wanting to sooth my frazzled nerves many times. It has just the right level of creepy, and you finish the book wanting more. A very well written, well thought out book, and one I highly recommend.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Tom Anderson traveled from the U.K to spend some time with his daughter Frankie. He books a cabin in Hollow Falls located in beautiful Maine. Unbeknownst to them, the resort has a disturbed, haunted past. They learn from two true crime podcasters that twenty years ago that same week the campsite was the scene of a double homicide which was never solved. The pair begin to hear strange noises in the woods and personal belongings started to disappear. As the week goes by, Tom and Frankie get wrapped Tom Anderson traveled from the U.K to spend some time with his daughter Frankie. He books a cabin in Hollow Falls located in beautiful Maine. Unbeknownst to them, the resort has a disturbed, haunted past. They learn from two true crime podcasters that twenty years ago that same week the campsite was the scene of a double homicide which was never solved. The pair begin to hear strange noises in the woods and personal belongings started to disappear. As the week goes by, Tom and Frankie get wrapped up in the horrid past that still haunts the campsite. Will they decide to stay and find out the truth or leave while they can? I enjoyed this atmospheric thriller! I was on the edge of my seat with the turn of every page. This book is perfect for fall and will make you second guess stepping into the woods in the future.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Juli

    Tom travels to the United States from the UK each summer to spend time with his daughter. His life is a bit tattered -- divorced, career dwindling, finances tight -- but he wants to enjoy this trip to Maine with Frankie. A resort cabin in the woods -- no phone, no internet. Hollow Falls is just the place for him to reconnect with his teenage daughter. But, when they arrive, Tom learns that the resort was the site of a double murder 20 years before. And it's almost the anniversary of the crime. T Tom travels to the United States from the UK each summer to spend time with his daughter. His life is a bit tattered -- divorced, career dwindling, finances tight -- but he wants to enjoy this trip to Maine with Frankie. A resort cabin in the woods -- no phone, no internet. Hollow Falls is just the place for him to reconnect with his teenage daughter. But, when they arrive, Tom learns that the resort was the site of a double murder 20 years before. And it's almost the anniversary of the crime. Turns out that Hollow Falls isn't the idyllic spot that Tom thought it was..... This is the first book by Mark Edwards that I've read. I wasn't sure what to expect. Wackadoodle people lurking in the woods around unprepared vacationing families isn't a new plot for suspense stories....but Edwards pulled this off nicely. The story kept my attention from beginning to end. I listened to the audiobook version of this book. Narrated by Guy Mott, the audio is just a bit short of 10 hours. Mott does an ok job of narrating, but I do have to say his attempt at American accents was distracting for me. And the voice he used for Frankie was just bad. Overall though, his narration was ok and I was able to listen to the book. Very entertaining story. No real surprises....but nicely paced and suspenseful. I will definitely read/listen to more by Mark Edwards.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Taina Garcia

    2.5 Unfortunately, I didn’t like the narrator at all. His voice for Frankie, the teenage daughter, gave me Leave It to Beaver vibes. I think this is DEFINITELY one that should be read. My opinion is tainted. 🤷🏼‍♀️😏

  22. 4 out of 5

    Debbie DiFiore

    Creepy story I couldn't put the book down. I had to know what was going on. I was so engaged with Frankie and her Dad and what was going on, that I couldn't sleep until I was finished. First off, if you want on vacation and found out that it was the scene of a double murder, and strange things start to happen, any normal human being would pack their suitcase and squeal quickly away from the place, but not this family! I was just in total disbelief when it started and I couldn't understand why the Creepy story I couldn't put the book down. I had to know what was going on. I was so engaged with Frankie and her Dad and what was going on, that I couldn't sleep until I was finished. First off, if you want on vacation and found out that it was the scene of a double murder, and strange things start to happen, any normal human being would pack their suitcase and squeal quickly away from the place, but not this family! I was just in total disbelief when it started and I couldn't understand why they didn't leave. But I did get caught by the macabre story behind it and all the characters. I was gobsmacked by some of the twists and a little scared too. Not as much as I thought I would be but it was an intriguing premise. People murdered twenty years ago, and all signs point to a recurrence happening. Muss by things, dead animals, and warnings are just the start of the journey. Totally hated the epilogue! I hate sequels!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lucii Dixon

    4.5 stars (yes, yes, I know! Surprising for a Mark Edwards book but please let me explain below) Firstly, i would like to thank Mark Edwards and his team for my early review copy of this book! As a big fan, this truly made my year. This story was truly amazing. It was gritty, tense, mysterious and fear-inducing (that’s no lie!) and will have you all on the edge of your seats. My heart, I found, jabbed at my rib cages at such a heavy pace that at moments I thought I was going to have a heart atta 4.5 stars (yes, yes, I know! Surprising for a Mark Edwards book but please let me explain below) Firstly, i would like to thank Mark Edwards and his team for my early review copy of this book! As a big fan, this truly made my year. This story was truly amazing. It was gritty, tense, mysterious and fear-inducing (that’s no lie!) and will have you all on the edge of your seats. My heart, I found, jabbed at my rib cages at such a heavy pace that at moments I thought I was going to have a heart attack (no exaggeration, it gave me chest pains) and this shows how heavily invested I was in this story, the drama, the mystery and everything in between. There definitely no dull moment in any of the chapters, no dull moments in between the puzzle pieces and there’s definitely know way anyone will guess the ‘who dunnit’. Trust me... this book will give you your next book hangover. I’ll get the bad bit out the way first. It’s the epilogue. I didn’t like it too much and felt it slightly ruined the incredible story of the Hollows. If the epilogue wasn’t there, this would be 10000 stars. I found it a bit too graphic and unrealistic, especially for a kid if I’m completely honest. I feel that maybe if it was more realistic then it would have been great. I can’t really say more without giving it away but it’s the only reason I knocked half a start. Moving on from this, the characters were all an eclectic bunch of personalities. I adored Tom and Frankie and their tumultuous relationship that only teenagers can have with their parents, I loved how Frankie really was your typical teenage brat and how Tom, though truly loving his daughter, kinda looked like a deer caught in headlights when it came to handling her attitude. It was fun to read (and maybe an insight in what I have yet to confront in my own kids). I loved how fiercely protective her was of her when she met Ryan from the cabin next door, like any father with their daughters. I really loved his character. And I thought he would be amazing to go on, in the fictitious future that we have to imagine, to he an investigative journalist. He could win awards for his nosey questioning and fierce determination. I adored Connie and David! Connie reminded me of myself, though I don’t like podcasts and therefore don’t run one, but because of her clear fascination with serial killers and mysteries... that’s me too (it’s why I study criminology). I love how somewhere in the story she wants to give the victims a voice, to make sure THEIR names are in people’s tongues and not the whoever did it. I feel that’s more important than giving infamy to murderers themselves so I’m glad Mr. Edwards included this into the story, it made her seem less.... weird or morbid. David, I liked his character because he seems to be high up their in the clouds when it comes to energy and because he seems completely aloof to things around him. I like that he’s bubbly and kind in a story that’s full of grit and horror. He’s the character you need in books like this. I did also like their son Ryan, though I found some of his mannerisms or characteristic points a little harsh. But again, a typical teenage boy. He seems nice enough and definitely took Frankie under his wing. They had such amazing chemistry (and I mean this like best of friends) and a connection formed on a rubbish vacation with no WiFi or 4g connection. A great, fresh friendship. There were many wonderful, and weird, characters throughout this book, but I’d here for hours if I described them all. And plus, I don’t want to give them all away. You have to read it for yourself. The storyline was incredibly well planned and thought out and then executed perfectly. The story flowed easily from one scene to the next with no cuts or boring bits in between. I love how this story starts WITH the mystery surrounding Hollow Falls, I love how the story unravels slowly but not too slowly and how you get sucked in to each scene. You’ll have many questions and will be begging the characters to ask them. You’ll wonder who what when and where everything happened and why. This story.... you can completely envision it. The beautiful lake and the surround woods. The scenery stunning and gorgeous, perfect for a relaxing (ha!) vacation. You can hear the swish of the trees that surround the spacious cabins. Everything is so well described. I felt like I was a fly on the wall and if I moved an inch I would have been chucked out of the story. So incredibly well written. I have always admired Mark Edwards’ style of writing, and how he never lets his readers down. His books get better and better, more descriptive and more gritty and creepy and in some places, more gruesome. This author can spin a tale from your worst nightmare and sort of add a beauty to it that would never cross your mind. Not sure I envy his imagination, mind you, like the Hollows, some of his work sends cold chills down my spine. But that makes them incredible. Mark Edwards still remain my favourite psychological thriller writer. And once again, I don’t think I’ll sleep at night for a while to come. Bravo!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shaina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was thrilled to win this Goodreads giveaway and I knew I would need some reflection time to write the review after I was done. This book definitely needed some pondering. I realized that I did really like it. It was suspenseful, laden with twists, and while the setting sounded gorgeous, it was also spooky. Edwards managed to brush closely against the gothic and put the plot on the edge of the supernatural. At one point I was wondering if he had bridged genres! I absolutely loved that. Because I was thrilled to win this Goodreads giveaway and I knew I would need some reflection time to write the review after I was done. This book definitely needed some pondering. I realized that I did really like it. It was suspenseful, laden with twists, and while the setting sounded gorgeous, it was also spooky. Edwards managed to brush closely against the gothic and put the plot on the edge of the supernatural. At one point I was wondering if he had bridged genres! I absolutely loved that. Because of this genre teasing , I got to a point in the story where i felt I had to keep going until I was finished. I have read several of his other books and they were great also, but I have to say this was probably my favorite. This one reached back into small town history; connected it to modern day technology through true crime podcasts; then inevitably to the dark tourism industry. It all leads up to the resolution of a twenty year old crime puzzle that left a scar on the town of Penance. Is this new resort in the Hollows a good thing or a bad thing ? What about all the dark tourism ? I found myself constantly wondering this, especially as a fan of true crime. (Though not the podcasts.) The story joins a rather scattered but hopeful Tom from the UK, and his daughter, Frankie. This is Tom’s annual visit to the States and he had no idea what kind of history or significance in dark tourism this town had. They both just get stuck in the middle. Alas, they arrive and Tom learns it’s the site of an odd and unsolved crime. Podcasters and their fans are there to celebrate the anniversary and talk about the murders. Yikes. Despite most of the town’s chagrin, The Hollows resort has become a magnet of a dark tourism spot now. There is a lake, so many trees, everyone in town knows everyone else, and there are secrets…. This was a great read and I would recommend it to mystery readers, fans of true crime, suspense, and fans of Edwards. I would like to thank Goodreads for my copy. The feelings in the review are my own. 4.5-5 stars ⭐️

  25. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Eagerly anticipated but quite disappointing from Mark Edwards, I felt. He references Stephen King many times in this novel, and I love Stephen King’s books, but the blend of mystery and supernatural does not work here. It feels like a ‘young adults’ book, pressing creepy buttons just because he can. I really enjoy this author’s work usually and feel that he has gone off track in lockdown. Hope he gets back to his best in the next book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    Not my favourite of his books, little disappointed as I was really excited for this. I felt like it was a mixture of books and movies that I have seen. It was ok but nothing special

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kay Oliver

    I'm a big Mark Edwards fan. And this new book did not disappoint. And innocent vacation, father and daughter, make some lasting memories, rekindle their relationship, then go home. Right? No, no, no. WRONG! A camping trip to the woods--a classic trope--quickly turns sinister when father, Tom Anderson, discovers that he and his daughter are surrounded be dark tourists. Because they've just booked a cabin in a murder forest on the twentieth anniversary. Yikes! Tom is a journalist, and while he's try I'm a big Mark Edwards fan. And this new book did not disappoint. And innocent vacation, father and daughter, make some lasting memories, rekindle their relationship, then go home. Right? No, no, no. WRONG! A camping trip to the woods--a classic trope--quickly turns sinister when father, Tom Anderson, discovers that he and his daughter are surrounded be dark tourists. Because they've just booked a cabin in a murder forest on the twentieth anniversary. Yikes! Tom is a journalist, and while he's trying to keep the truth hidden from his teenage daughter he's also digging into the mystery of the murder. And then, conveniently, his daughter makes friends with the teenage boy staying in the cabin next door. His parents are the stars of a popular crime podcast. I was hooked when the mystery of the murders came up. I love puzzles and the dark side of human nature. And the story only deepened, widening to include the locals, who aren't as small-town-kind as they'd like to portray. Red herrings turn up all over the place while spooky and ominous things happen all around them. This story puts a dark spin on the idea of trees, plants, animals, and humans being connected in a sacred and spiritual way. And the darkness only increases as we slip into a mind of pure evil. And th ending? Wow! CREEPY!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    3.5 Stars rounded up for entertainment value I love Mark Edwards's books - always a good solid mystery/thriller with 'normal' & engaging characters. Good pacing, liked the relationship between Father/Daughter on holiday, plenty of little scares and creepy elements. An old mystery to be uncovered with a new twist...good stuff. An auto-buy author for me. 3.5 Stars rounded up for entertainment value I love Mark Edwards's books - always a good solid mystery/thriller with 'normal' & engaging characters. Good pacing, liked the relationship between Father/Daughter on holiday, plenty of little scares and creepy elements. An old mystery to be uncovered with a new twist...good stuff. An auto-buy author for me.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Donny Millington

    Really enjoyed the story one of Mark Edwards best books kept me hooked from beginning to end

  30. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne (It's All About Books)

    Finished reading: June 19th 2021 "I tried to keep my excitement in check, but it was hard. Because when you've been starved of hope for so long, it's hard not to snatch at it when you see it dangled before you." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[ I've been highly anticipating The Hollows as I'm a big fan of Mark Edwards' writing, and his newest story has once again confirmed to Finished reading: June 19th 2021 "I tried to keep my excitement in check, but it was hard. Because when you've been starved of hope for so long, it's hard not to snatch at it when you see it dangled before you." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[ I've been highly anticipating The Hollows as I'm a big fan of Mark Edwards' writing, and his newest story has once again confirmed to me why he is one of my favorite thriller authors. It was literally hook, line and sinker as soon as I started reading the first chapter, and I kept turning page after page as I simply couldn't stop reading. Suspenseful, twisted, highly engaging and with a hint of the occult: this story isn't afraid to go dark while keeping you entertained you along the way. Without doubt a new favorite! The first thing that stands out is the setting, which is both perfectly described and sets the perfect eerie tone for this story. The new resort surrounded by the woods with a dark history, the ritualistic double murder that took place there almost twenty years ago, the small seemingly deserted town of Penance with its ominous feel, the woods themselves... They all help setting the right atmosphere and backdrop for the plot, and definitely help this story dipping its toe in the horror genre. The same goes for the references to the occult, the supernatural and the strange things happening in and around the resort, which only highten the creepy atmosphere. It's without doubt part of the reason this story worked so well for me! The writing was once again spot on and I couldn't help but devour page after page. The plot itself is brilliantly designed and developed, with lots of twists to keep you busy along the way... The building up of tension and suspense is well handled as the story slowly works towards those final escalations and reveals. Oh yes, The Hollows is definitely one of those stories that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Like I said before, rather than the dark psychological thriller genre of his previous two books, this one is more a crime thriller that dips its toes in the horror genre... And SO good if you can stomach the more graphic scenes and violence among other things. The story is told mainly using a dual POV structure, switching between music journalist Tom and his daughter Frankie. The two POVs complement each other perfectly and are used to help describe what is happening during their time at the resort. We also get glimpses inside the head of the killer and flashbacks to the past; especially towards the end as we slowly discover the truth about past and present events. The characters themselves were interesting enough, although I did feel there was more focus on the plot and actions than an extensive development. That said, I personally wasn't that bothered by it as I was too busy trying to figure out what was really going on. In short, The Hollows turned out to be yet another fantastic story that is both highly suspenseful, twisted and simply addictive. I love that we have a dark crime thriller with a horror vibe this time around, and the hints at the occult only enhanced the reading experience for me. Without doubt a winner if you enjoy the genre! I simply couldn't stop reading it once I started the first page. (hide spoiler)] P.S. Find more of my reviews here.

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