Book Review: The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher

What’s the Story: (from Goodreads)

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 put down.


This book!

I want to thank Netgalley and Gallery Books for sending me a copy that I could read. THANK YOU!

October is the spooky season and if you know me I enjoy spooky books. I want to be scared and I want to be unsettled. This book by T. Kingfisher did just that and more.

What would you do if you found a portal to another dimension? Another place? What if that place was truly dangerous? I will tell you, if I found myself in this place I would probably have died in seconds. Kara is not some weak horror novel character. She has been through a bad patch of life, and she’s smart. What I loved about her is that although there was fear, there was also humor. She found a way to laugh through the darkness. There were times the tension got so bad that her humor was what pulled me back in and kept me from taking a break from the book.

There are some very twisted scenes in this book. The images will stay with you in some cases. I still think about the man in the water. Trust me, when you get to that part you will get my reference. He will haunt you for all of October.

The Hollow Places is very much about its setting. You will find yourself getting lost in the place and its horrors. The characters are important but it is very much the places that linger more than the people.

This was a really good book and I am so glad that I was able to read it. Spooky, unnerving, and well worth the read.

Rating:4 out of 5 stars

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