Getting woken up yet the hideous stench of death must be one of the most unpleasant ways to greet the day. In Hollow House, this was how the residents of Willow Street started their day. Unfortunately that was only the start.
As a body is discovered in the long abandoned Kemper House, starting an unsettling police investigation. The police aren’t the only people drawn to the Kemper House. In fact, before the police arrive teenager Zac Campell finds himself drawn to the house, on the premise of seeing a dead body. So begins the start of a disturbing chain of events.
As a reporter, Ben Traynor cannot believe his good luck to be handed such a juicy story. However, Ben’s investigation becomes more about the Kemper House than the body found inside it. Little does Ben know about what this gift of a story will cost him.
I generally like haunted house type stories, especially upon finding that they have an unusual twist. Hollow House does have its own unique spin on the haunted house story. But maybe because of the way the book is written, it just doesn’t come off as well as I’d hoped.
Whilst reading Hollow House, it felt like the author was taking, for a relatively short book, what felt like an inordinately long time to get to the final set piece of action at the house. I found it most frustrating that it then is all over in what seems like two pages. Hollow House was for me extremely anticlimactic.
For the most part the book was well written. But for some reason there was very little wow factor, and most importantly, there was very little in the way of scares. It wasn’t like there was much fun to be had either. Unfortunately Hollow House Is only sitting as a 2 star read for me.
****Disclaimer – I purchased this book. This is my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own***