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Hollow Pike

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  970 Ratings  ·  175 Reviews
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
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 2nd 2012 by Orion Children's Books
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Mark Rice
Mar 12, 2012 Mark Rice rated it liked it
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
Inés Izal
Hollow Pike ha sido un libro plagado de suspense acertado, pero con una trama romántica mediocre.
Si el autor no se hubiera encabezonado en meter un romance innecesario que no entra ni calzador, le hubiera dado más estrellas.
Salvo por eso, tiene los ingredientes necesarios para una lectura adictiva y sorprendente.
La trama de suspense está bien planteada, en ningún momento había sospechado de la persona que resulta que es el asesino.
Otra cosa que me ha gustado mucho, es que toca el tema del bully
Apr 22, 2016 Amy rated it liked it
This was my first read by James Dawson and it was a very good introduction to his writing style. The storyline was engaging and the characters were quirky but the execution wasn't as good as it could have been.

Lis has been viciously bullied at school in Wales so moves to Yorkshire where her sister lives. There she is plagued by dreams that lead to her death. A girl called Laura constantly belittles Lis and along with her new misfit friends they play a trick on her. Laura scared out of her mind r
Serendipity Reviews
Feb 06, 2012 Serendipity Reviews rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist
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
Jan 03, 2012 Emma rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 10, 2013 Padme rated it it was ok
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
Laura V.
Pues va a hacer que no.

Yo esperaba leer un libro con magia, pero me encontré una trama que no me atrapó en ningún momento. NINGÚN personaje me enganchó. Lis es tan plana como personaje que no me llamó la atención y me importó bien poco qué pudiera pasarle. Laura pudo haber sido.. interesante, pero era muy típica. El grupo de frikis resultó para nada misterioso, ni Delilah, ni Kitty ni Jack me transmitieron esa sensación de camadería que se da en amigos de tanto tiempo. O yo no tengo el mismo hu
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.
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
Yolanda Sfetsos
Apr 08, 2012 Yolanda Sfetsos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-paranormal
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
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
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
Joanne Sheppard
Apr 05, 2012 Joanne Sheppard rated it really liked it
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
Aug 09, 2012 Stine rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, witches

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
Oct 24, 2015 Luna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Isa Lot
Jun 16, 2016 Isa Lot rated it it was amazing
Me ha encantado, comienza siendo una historia donde encontramos una élite de adolescentes divas en su instituto, y eso me llevo un poco a engaño, ya que es un libro de miedo y brujas, pero luego empiezan a pasarle cosas extrañas a la protagonista, y poco a poco te va entrando la intriga y te quedas pegada a las páginas de tal forma que no puedes parar de leer. Podréis encontrar historia de la brujería real mezclada con misterio, es decir un pasado de juicios y asesinatos por brujerías, en Hollow ...more
Oct 05, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing
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'
~♥~ happinesslife
Feb 07, 2015 ~♥~ happinesslife rated it really liked it
Un libro lleno de misterio, bullying, problemas actuales, amor, amistad, fantasía y todo lo que puedas imaginar, todo tan bien encajado que hará que te cautive.
Aug 16, 2015 Luisa rated it liked it
Me han fallado algunas cosas y otras no eran lo que esperaba. Pero en general me ha entretenido bastante.

Siento un poco de indiferencia con este libro pero si lo pienso, tira más al "me ha gustado" que al "no me ha gustado".
Mar 14, 2014 Lynn rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-reads

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

Earlier on this year I read and loved one of James Dawson’s more recent releases, Say Her Name, and as I had Hollow Pike on my to-read list for a long time, I thought it was about time I gave it a go. I’m so, so, so glad I did, and I really wish I’d read it sooner! Set in North Yorkshire, Lis London, our main character, moves in with her sister and brother-in-law to have a fresh start after severe bullying forced her to leave her previous school in Wales. The story starts off with a fairly stron
Charlotte Jones
Sep 03, 2014 Charlotte Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went into this not knowing anything about it really apart from that there was something to do with witchcraft. I think that is definitely the way to go with this novel; it's almost like a cross between The Crucible, a Marcus Sedgwick book and Pretty Little Liars and I promise you, it is definitely worth a read!

The writing style flowed beautifully in a simplistic way that built up a tension and atmosphere from the very beginning to the climax. Throughout the novel I was sure what was going on
Elizabeth Moffat
Jul 21, 2014 Elizabeth Moffat rated it really liked it
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
Jan 28, 2012 Ailsa rated it it was amazing
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...
Apr 11, 2012 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 19, 2012 Andrew rated it it was amazing
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
Stefanie Hasse
„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.“

Lis wird an ihrer
Nov 06, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
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
May 24, 2012 Annabelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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“Lis felt the corners of her mouth turn up a little. She'd never had friends like this. Friends who wanted to see her flourish not fade. Their eager faces were like mirrors in which she could see herself more clearly.” 3 likes
“She shared the burden of Laura's cruelty with the others and was less of a victim as a result. Maybe there was some kind of mathematical formula for it: vulnerability times mockery divided by support, or something.” 2 likes
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