The Hollow (The Hollow #1) by Jessica Verday

24 Mar
The Hollow (The Hollow #1)
by Jessica Verday
Rating: 5/5 stars 
The Hollow
When Abbey’s best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. It only makes things worse that everyone now treats Abbey like either a freak show or a charity case. Thank goodness for Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen’s funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey’s life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he’s the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again, but also special. Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen’s betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth about Caspian that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.
What an intriguing story!
The book kept me in suspense from early in the book and when it somewhat abruptly ended–too soon–I was immediately grateful that there was going to be more!Several special points should be highlighted immediately. At the beginning of each chapter, there is a quote by Irving.

 The book is set in the town where the Legend of Sleepy Hollow was born and so there is a constant flow of information and discussion about the characters in that book. Additionally, the book itself has been beautifully covered and printed. This is a book you’ll want to keep as part of your home library! I’m hoping that this is a first in a series that just could be as popular as that set of books coming out of England, but this one featuring one of America’s most memorable legends. 
The story opens with a sad event–Abbey’s best friend, Kristen, has disappeared and is presumed dead. In fact, they decide to proceed with a funeral for Kristen, burying an empty coffin. Abbey refuses to accept her death, and more, she can’t figure out why Kristen had been out alone, on the bridge where she apparently fell. Both girls had agreed that they would never go there alone!
Abbey and Kristen had been so close that they didn’t have many other friends, so it is hard for Abbey to go back to school, especially when some of the students feel she is “playing” her grief to get favor from the teachers. Abbey goes from deep heartache to anger and back to grief constantly so that her parents begin to worry about her. Abbey spends many hours wandering on her own, visiting the graveyard across the street and all the other places she and Kristen had once routinely visited. It was there she met Nikolas, an elderly “grandfather” taking care of Irving’s mausoleum and she offered to help him. Later she met this wife Katie in a beautiful little cabin just on the other side of the cemetery from where she lived.

She had met Caspian at Kristin’s home during the funeral. She had retreated to the basement where she and Kristan had often gone to be alone and there, in the shadows, Caspian spoke to her. Later they met under the bridge and once in the library. They had never gone on a date but Abbey’s feelings for him grew deeper.

Abby also suddenly got a part-time job with her Uncle Bob, who owned an ice-cream parlor where she could have all of the samples she wanted. With new friends, school, work, and trying to create new perfumes, she was little by little able to move on with her life. Until she found Kristen’s diaries and discovered she’d had a secret life she’d never shared with Abbey!

This is one of the most beautiful stories I’ve read. Touches of fantasy, the paranormal, true friendship, and family love are heartwarmingly shared in a story that truly compliments the work of Washington Irving and in some ways surpasses it…  a MUST-READ! 


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