*Thank you to TLC Book Tours and Minotaur Books for the gifted copy*
Title: The Hollows
Author: Jess Montgomery
Release Date: January 14th, 2020
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Jess Montgomery showcases her skills as a storyteller in this powerful, big-hearted and exquisitely written follow-up to her acclaimed debut The Widows.
Ohio, 1926: For many years, the underground railroad track in Moonvale Tunnel has been used as a short cut through the Appalachian hills. When an elderly woman is killed walking along the tracks, the brakeman tells tales of seeing a ghostly female figure dressed all in white.
Newly elected Sheriff Lily Ross is called on to the case to dispel the myths, but Lily does not believe that an old woman would wander out of the hills onto the tracks. In a county where everyone knows everyone, how can someone have disappeared, when nobody knew they were missing? As ghost stories and rumors settle into the consciousness of Moonvale Hollow, Lily tries to search for any real clues to the woman’s identity.
With the help of her friend Marvena Whitcomb, Lily follows the woman’s trail to The Hollows—an asylum is northern Antioch County—and they begin to expose secrets long-hidden by time and the mountains.
The Hollows is an interesting mystery novel that is suspenseful until the very end. This is my first time reading Jess Montgomery and I really liked her writing style. You can tell that she did her research about the WKKK and the specific time period in the 20th century.
One of my favorite things about this story is the great female characters. Jess Montgomery gives us strong, independent characters that aren’t afraid to follow their instincts.
It is book 2 in the Kinship series. Without reading the 1st book I feel like the story was able to hold its own, but now I want to read book 1.
If there was one thing that could have been better, I would say the first half of the book. It took a while for me to get into the story but by the second half, I was hooked.
I give The Hollows 4 stars. Jess Montgomery gives readers a book that is mysterious with an added history lesson.
Connect with Jess
Jess Montgomery’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, January 13th: Amy’s Book-et List
Tuesday, January 14th: Bewitched Bookworms
Wednesday, January, 15th: @bibliolau
Monday, January 20th: @thebookclubmom
Monday, January 20th: Broken Teepee
Tuesday, January 21st: @giuliland
Tuesday, January 21st: Booked on a Feeling
Wednesday, January 22nd: Buried Under Books
Thursday, January 23rd: The Lit Bitch
Friday, January 24th: Jathan & Heather
Monday, January 27th: Into the Hall of Books
Tuesday, January 28th: Kritter’s Ramblings
Thursday, January 30th: Kahakai Kitchen
Thursday, January 30th: @jessicamap
Friday, January 31st: Reading Reality
Wednesday, February 5th: Books and Bindings
Friday, February 7th: Bookish Bliss and Beauty