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Something wicked this way comes...

She thought she’d be safe in the country, but you can’t escape your own nightmares, and Lis London dreams repeatedly that someone is trying to kill her. Lis thinks she’s being paranoid - after all who would want to murder her? She doesn’t believe in the local legends of witchcraft. She doesn’t believe that anything bad will really happen t...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 2nd 2012 by Orion Children's Books
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Mark Rice
I'm not a 15-year-old girl. Some people may have noticed this. While reading Hollow Pike (which I agreed to review for Amazon Vine), I tried to get into the mindset of a female adolescent, as that was the only way I could give the book a fair review. This was more than a little scary, as I had witnessed Sonny Crockett going deep undercover in the original TV series of Miami Vice, then being unable to return to his true self. What if the same thing were to happen to me? How would a teen girl's pe...more
Sam
Mostly: 4 stars
At times: 3.5 stars

Hollow Pike tells a riveting story about witchcraft that is rich in mystery and suspense. I was wrapped up in the engaging tale of Lis London, our young protagonist who is escaping the troubled life she had in Wales to live with her older sister in the country. Vivid nightmares plague Lis London’s dreams and they are no less frightening in the eerie town of Hollow Pike, where the legends and whispers of witches still lurk behind every corner. I had high expectat...more
Book Angel Emma
Utterly un-put-down-able

I make no bones about this one, this is going to be a gushy 5 glorious angel loves, so you really really NEED to read this book. James's writing literally swept me away. I started reading the first chapter one evening too tired to concentrate I decided to wait until the following day. This also happened to be the last day of the Christmas holidays. I could not put it down, seriously it is that FREAKIN'AWESOME. So what if the first day back in school was rapidly approachin...more
Padme
A veces prefiero un libro de mierda sobre el que poder despotricar a gusto. Un libro malo lo recuerdas aunque sea para arrugar la nariz cada vez que alguien lo menciona o lo ves en una tienda. Prefiero que un libro me provoque ganas de quemar todos los ejemplares que existan a que no me transmita absolutamente nada. Apatía total, indiferencia absoluta. Como dice ese famoso refrán da igual que hablen mal o bien de ti, pero lo importante es que hablen.

De Hollow Pike no puedo decir que sea una cat...more
Serendipity Reviews
Since I first spoke to James Dawson on Twitter last summer, I have been desperate to get my hands on his debut novel, Hollow Pike. I was beginning to think that it would never arrive. For me, this is definitely one of my most anticipated books for the year and it did not disappoint me.

The opening lines saw me hold my breath and I didn't breathe again until the end of the first chapter. I honestly thought I might need medical assistance. What an amazing opening to a book. The intensity of the si...more
Lucy
Hollow Pike is James Dawson's debut novel and is a welcome addition to the British young adult movement. It tells the story of Lis, who has moved in with her sister and her husband in Yorkshire after being hounded out of her school by bullies.

When she is bullied again by the class tormentor, Laura, Lis bonds with the school outcasts; Kitty, Delilah and jack and they scheme to teach her a lesson. After a practical joke however, Laura is killed.

Now, Lis and her friends need to solve the murder bec...more
Yolanda Sfetsos
When I first heard about this book, I was intrigued. It sounded interesting and mysterious. Besides, how can the mention of witchcraft not be enough to hook me in?

Lis London is escaping her life in Wales because of the constant bullying she suffered back home. When she moves in with her sister and her family in the small town of Hollow Pike, she's looking forward to a fresh start. And it seems to be going well.

At school she's quickly adopted by the popular girls, even though she's drawn to the...more
Beth Kemp
I was really excited about this one, having first seen the cover in the summer - and what a cover! Witchiness, forest, birds - it's all there and all are important in the story. This was an excellent read which was more subtle in its witchiness than I expected, and all to the good. Sometimes the books you're most excited for can disappoint, but not so here. This debut demonstrates skill and control, above all: control of plot, character, setting and tension.

This is, primarily, a chiller which ha...more
Kirsty (overflowing library)
Hollow Pike is a fantastic read from an awesome debut author which I thoroughly recommend. In this review (fan girl rave) I will tell you exactly why it is so entirely awesome and why you need this book in your life and probably do this without telling you too much about the storyline or plot so I don't spoil it for anyone

The first reason why I loved this book was because it is uniquely different. It is an odd mix of a contemporary mixed with a horror/thriller than probably shouldn't work but it...more
Stine

Lis London has been having nightmares. Terrible nightmares that started the day she decided to move to Hollow Pike for a fresh start. In the dream she's running/crawling through a forest, a forest that looks like the one in Hollow Pike. Is it warning? Lis doesn't believe so, in fact she believes it's all a coincidence until someone dies.

This book surprised me. In a good way. It's been a long time since I randomly picked up a book in the bookstore without first checking the reviews on Goodreads...more
Luna
One of the biggest compliments I can ever give a book is: “I didn’t see it coming.” Was Hollow Pike completely unpredictable? No but I think you’d struggle to find that in any story but I was surprised (can’t say more without spoiling) and that doesn’t happen all that often.

I really enjoyed the atmosphere of Hollow Pike. It’s mysterious an intriguing without coming across as over-the-top. Lis was a little hit and miss for me but overall I think all the characters worked at hooking the reader, I...more
Laura
Oct 05, 2013 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
I received this book in a 'Box of OMG' and since I'm a 28yr old mum of 3 and this book is aimed at 'Young Adult', I didn't give this book any chance. One boring X-Factor evening I decided to just read the first chapter and see if it was any good.

Boy what a mistake...

I can't even put it down. It's honestly one of THE best books I have read in a long time. The story was gripping and I just had to keep turning the pages to see what happens next. The story is hugely similar to the film 'Mean Girls'...more
Mizuki
It's a very decently written YA thriller, although I don't like how the Main Character, Lis turns out to be a fool when her life and her friends' are in danger, and how the teenagers in the book never tell the adults anything even when disturbing events are taking place and a girl had already been murdered.

Still the author created a dark, frightening atmosphere with his writing and the story constantly keeps you at the edge of your seat and the ending is satisfying.
Lynn

Hollow Pike is the epitome of spine-tingling fiction. Set in a historic Yorkshire town, Hollow Pike becomes one of the characters of it's own tale.

When bullied at her previous school in Wales, Lis decides to take her life up to Yorkshire where her sister has settled. Attending a new school, in a new place should give Lis the courage to be herself, so when the nightmares begin and sleep becomes the enemy, Lis has to assume that things just may not getting easier.
The typical new school routine of...more
Elizabeth Moffat
This is the sixth book from Chrissi Cupboard month which I completed in June of this year. After reading James Dawson’s other excellent young adult novels, Cruel Summer and Say Her Name, I was eager to read Hollow Pike, which was his debut. I found it to be a stunning read, physically and literally speaking with beautiful cover art and images inside that fit with the theme of this novel perfectly. Our main character is a teenager called Lis London who has suffered from bullying in her previous s...more
Ailsa
My thoughts: From the moment I read the description of this book back in November/December, I wanted to read it. I can totally relate to the paranoia here - I come from the middle of nowhere, and when I'm walking the dogs on my own, I always get jumpy. You don't really think someone is there, but if you here a sudden noise, it puts you really on edge. I love how, in the few sentences on the back cover it captures that jumpiness, which is something that runs throughout the book.

Hollow Pike was......more
Gary
What a stellar debut. It's been a long time since I've read a book that's all-round excellent. More people should know about "Hollow Pike"!! Gosh, James Dawson is one hell of an author!

To be honest, I've never read anything regarding witchcraft before, so this was my first. And I'm so thankful that it's not the kind to do with bitchy girls meddling with love potions and charms over some guy they fight over. Instead, "Hollow Pike" is a real dark, creepy affair.

The Story:

Lis London couldn't stand...more
Emma Louise
In one word, this book was satisfying. From the start I actually expected this to be a first book in a series so I was quite interested to find out it was a standalone novel.

Lis London has moved to Hollow Pike to live with her sister Sarah and her family after being bullied pretty bad at her old school. She soon makes friends with the school's most popular student Laura Riggs, and finds herself flirting with the much lusted after Danny, however as Laura catches on, Lis is subjected to much the...more
Andrew
Review Taken From The Pewter Wolf

Lis London is moving from her home in Wales to Hollow Pike. But that doesn't seem to help her. She keeps having a nightmare that she's going to murder. And when she sees the copse, she realise that this is the place in her nightmares.

But she doesn't believe in nightmares nor the local tales of witchcraft. Until a terrible thing happens that forces herself to think again...

Now... what can I say? I EFFING LOVE THIS BOOK! Not going to swear, but this book is so gr...more
Steffi und Kay his-and-her-books
Zitat:
„Sie zog die Vorhänge zu und ging zurück zum Bett, rückwärts, ohne die Terrassentür auch nur eine Sekunde aus den Augen zu lassen. Nur zur Sicherheit.“
(S. 56)

„Sie wusste, dass sie es sich nur einbildete, aber sie konnte nicht anders, als dem Wald zu lauschen. Es kam ihr so vor, als würde er nach ihr rufen, als würde er sie begehren.“
(S. 88)

„Es war eine Warnung. Von jemandem, der wusste, dass sie an einem Ort gewesen war, an dem sie niemals hätte sein dürfen.“
(S.231)

Inhalt:
Lis wird an ihrer...more
Amy
Marvelously Brilliant and British!

Hollow Pike is the perfect blending of some of my favorites.. a good classic witch-in-the-woods scary story and my new love of British authors. This story follows a wonderful classic horror story of teenagers playing the proverbial game of "what if..." and the consequences that follow when you play with the game of fate.

I will tell you I was pleasantly surprised with the many twists and turns that this book took with keeping and building the storys' suspense, no...more
Joanne Sheppard
Even when I was a teenager, I found it hard to think from the perspective of a teenager, so I approached James Dawson’s young adult horror novel Hollow Pike with some trepidation. I read plenty of children’s and young adult fiction, but this, with a plot heavy on the school bullies and boyfriends, struck me as a book that might not have the same crossover appeal – for me, at least – as something like James Treadwell’s recent Advent. However, while I definitely think an adult has to consciously t...more
Annabelle
I've always been interested in witchcraft, the mystery and suspense surrounding it all. But more so the history of it all. Hollow Pike contains witchcraft and it's horrifying history, so naturally I was drawn to this book. Even more so when I realised the author was British. I received this book from Indigo recently but I've only just got around to reading it and damn I wish I'd read it sooner. It's so good. In Hollow Pike the teenage characters are so real, they are probably the most life like...more
Kate Neilan
She thought she’d be safe in the country, but you can’t escape your own nightmares, and Lis London dreams repeatedly that someone is trying to kill her.

Lis thinks she’s being paranoid - after all who would want to murder her? She doesn’t believe the local legends of witchcraft. She doesn’t believe that anything bad will really happen to her.

You never do, do you?

Not until you’re alone, in the woods, after dark - and a twig snaps…

Hollow pike - where witchcraft never sleeps

Hollow Pike tells the sto...more
Sarah
Lis has moved to live with her sister Sarah to get away from the bullies who were making her life a misery. All she wants is a fresh start somewhere that she will be accepted for who she is and where she won't be tormented daily. When she is befriended by the popular crowd on her first day it looks like she has found what she always dreamt of but the more she gets to know Laura and her crowd of groupies the less she likes what she sees. Is is really worth being part of Laura's gang if it is at t...more
SJH (A Dream of Books)
There has been a lot of pre-publication buzz surrounding this debut by British author James Dawson, so I couldn't wait to pick it up as soon as it arrived. I initially thought that it was going to be about witches and witchcraft but although that was an element of the story it didn't figure as predominantly as I'd imagined. The plot is actually more concerned with learning to start life over with a fresh slate in front of you and given that chance what you'll do with it. That's the dilemma that...more
Joanne
Originally posted on Once Upon a Bookcase.

After hearing people rave about how amazing Hollow Pike is, I was really eager to read it, and picked it up excited for the fantastic story, creepy story I was going to read. However, a fantastic story is not what I got.

Having had enough of the bullying she experienced at her last school, Lis moves to Hollow Pike to live with her sister for a fresh start. New town, new school, new friends? Unfortunately, Fulton High School has it's own mean girls, and af...more
CuteBadger
Lis London moves from Wales to live with her sister in Yorkshire to get away from bullying. But this means adapting to new isolated rural surroundings, a new school and some strange dreams where it would seem that someone is out to get her.

This is a book aimed at teenage readers, and I'm far from being one of those, but I still enjoyed it a lot. The portrayal of school life seems realistic and doesn't shy away from bullying, family problems, sexuality and so on.

The book has a genuine haunted fe...more
LH Johnson
Debut YA author James Dawson has written a sort of surprising novel here. Initially I read Hollow Pike with a horrendously blase attitude. Witches. Yawn.

But then, it so got me. Dawson's produced a sexy (that front cover is very indicative of the style within) and dark novel which had me laughing out loud with glee at the simple audacity of the Big Twist. I won't even attempt to spoil it but the eventual location for the Big Bad? Genius.

It's written from the perspective of teenager Lis London w...more
Sofia Andersson
I really liked this book; I really did. The book gave me a good scare sometimes, but it wasn't overly gory and disgusting, which I liked. It was the suspense and mystery that scared me.

I could relate to Lis. She's 15, troubled and just wants to get away. We have all been like that sometime in our lives. We don't get to find out that much about her past, except that her best friend betrayed her and that she was bullied. It's small details of mystery like this that adds to the suspense. When she...more
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Raised in West Yorkshire, James eventually moved to Brighton where he wrote for local papers and magazines whilst working as a primary school teacher.

In 2011, James left teaching to write full-time and now lives in London.

Hollow Pike is his first novel for young adults.
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