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Hollow Pike

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  1,027 Ratings  ·  181 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 11, 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
Bee (Heart Full of Books)
I have to admit that I was expecting a lot more from Hollow Pike. I wanted it to be focused more on the witch element rather than the horror/mystery because that's what pulled me to it! I also found the characters to be more like caricatures rather than real people (not to mention practically identical to the characters, dynamics included, in Mean Girls. There's even a Mean Girls reference, I mean, come on!)

But it's Juno Dawson's first book, and I know it only goes up from here!
Dec 19, 2011 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
Serendipity Reviews
May 07, 2011 Serendipity Reviews rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 17, 2013 Lykaia 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
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
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
Aug 11, 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".
Joanne Sheppard
Apr 03, 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
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
Yolanda Sfetsos
Mar 26, 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
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
Mar 06, 2013 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
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'
Isa Lot
Jun 06, 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
~♥~ happinesslife
Feb 02, 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.
Jan 18, 2012 TheBookSmugglers rated it liked it
Warning: this review contains a few spoilers

Lis London moves to Hollow Pike so that she can escape the bullying back home. She moves in with her sister’s family and hopes to start a new life and make new friends. To start with, she falls in with the popular Mean Girls who turn out to be the wrong crowd and to her horror, she experiences bullying from the other side of the equation. Disgusted with her new “friends”, she ditches them and joins the “freak club” – and her three new friends Delilah,
Mar 30, 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
Aug 26, 2012 Keely rated it really liked it
Hollow Pike is one of those books I probably would have never read had I not been an active member of the book blogging world. Just gives me another reason to love this community so much :).

Lis moves to Hollow Pike after the bullying at her old school becomes too much for any one person to handle. She wants a fresh start, new friends, new Lis. Little does she know that high school is pretty much the same drag everywhere. Well, mostly.

Lis wants to fit in so badly it's almost pathetic at first. Sh
Jan 16, 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 28, 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
Jan 10, 2012 Joanne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-thrillers
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
Kate Neilan
Aug 02, 2012 Kate Neilan rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, teen, horror
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
Elizabeth Moffat
May 31, 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
Jun 14, 2011 Caitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's clear that James used to be a teacher. The teenage voices are the authentic creations of someone who has clearly spent a lot of time around them and I really appreciated that about Hollow Pike. It added a level of realism that can sometimes be lacking. The characters all had fully-formed personalities and unique voices in their own rights--though I especially liked Delilah and Jack. I loved how NORMAL the love interest was. He was just a guy. A cute, intelligent guy, but still. A guy. There ...more

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
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
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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.” 4 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.” 3 likes
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