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Gilt Hollow

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  932 ratings  ·  237 reviews
Willow Lamott’s best friend is a murderer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. For four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability ...more
Hardcover, 337 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Blink
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I enjoyed this book and I had a crush on Ashton! I couldn't help myself =)


Ashton was sent to jail for a few years for a murder he DIDN'T commit. His best friend Willow had been sending him letters that he never returned so she tried to forget him.

Then one day Ashton is back in his hometown and everyone is not happy. Willow is a nervous wreck until later on in the book they find out her letters were kept from Ash.

Ash wants to find out who really killed his friend all of those years ago and Will
I'm just going to admit, I initially wasn't sure I was going to like this book. I had tried reading Doon, co-written by Langdon, and wasn't a fan myself. But after reading Gilt Hollow, I just feel silly for ever having any of those doubts. This is a YA mystery/thriller with an engaging storyline that plays on some darker elements set against an eerie backdrop. As a fan of darker novels, I ate this one up crazy fast!

After spending the last four years in juvenile detention, Ashton is released
Cameron Chaney
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, ya, mystery, thriller
The new young-adult novel Gilt Hollow is a bit of a departure from what Lorie Langdon usually writes. I enjoyed the Doon series that she co-wrote with Carey Corp, as it was a light, fun fantasy series. But as a fan of darker stories, I gotta say... I'm digging Lorie's step into the mystery genre. What she offers here is an engaging story that is as equal parts cozy as it is thrilling.

The story follows two characters: Ashton and Willow. It starts off with Ashton being released from juvie. He was
Aj the Ravenous Reader
An interesting mix of YA romance and suspense. It's quite an intriguing read because even though I was contemplating about ditching it several times, something interesting will happen until I'm already halfway through.

I would have enjoyed it more though had the pacing been quicker since I dove into the book, expecting a mystery but it read more like a YA contemporary romance with a little thriller at the latter part of the story. Nevertheless, it was still a satisfactory read as long as you mana
Kyla Harris
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it, young-adult, 2016
Plot - 16/20
Characters - 18/20
Creativity - 16/20
Writing - 17/20
Pace - 9/10
Ending - 6/10
82/100 =
3.5/5 stars

I was so suprised with Gilt Hollow! I loved it! My two favorite things from this book's were the charaters as well as the pacing. I loved Wil & Ash's complicated relationship. So. Cute. The pacing was amazing! I got into the story almost immediately! Each time I would pick up the book again I had no problems what so ever to get back into the world of Glit Hollow. Because of this I'd de
Carey Corp
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I read all of Lorie's work before it goes to print and am a huge fan of her talent. Her first YA suspense novel gripped me from page one. I loved the romantic tension between Willow and Ashton. Hopefully we'll get another story from Gilt Hollow soon. ...more
Sarah Amelia
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Got an ARC of this beauty as well! Read about 40 pages and adored them!

One of the many books that I picked up recently and loved! SO good! Lorie Langdon is one of my favorite authors and I've loved every book by her that I have read. It was spooky and impossible to put down.
This might have been good if it weren't 85 percent "Damn, my best friend grew up hot" and 5 percent whining. ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not for me

Real rating: 3.5 stars

Surprisingly compelling mystery novel I didn’t expect to like but enjoyed tremendously. My inner Nancy Drew is cheering with approval.

Gilt Hollow is told from duo POV of Ash and Willow. Four years ago Ash was convicted for the murder of his best friend, and he spent four years in juvie for the crime he didn't commit, or so he says. Willow is Ash's childhood friend and the only person who believes Ash is innocent. But Ash had changed in the four years he was

Bekah Malik
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
To say I’m a fan of Lorie Langdon’s work is an understatement. Ever since reading the enthralling Doon series, I have kept up with all the latest news. When I heard that she was soon to be releasing a new YA mystery novel, I literally screamed. When I saw the gorgeous cover, again I shouted in excitement. When I met Lorie Langdon at BookCon and completely by surprise received an ARC copy of Gilt Hollow, you can bet I totally squealed my head off like a crazy person. So it shouldn’t surprise you ...more
Jun 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Was Ashton the villain everyone believed him to be or the boy she'd fallen in love with?

I must confess that I was completely drawn to this book based on the haunting atmosphere of the front cover. Especially the figure shrouded in darkness in the background. Who was he? What was the significance of placing the female character in the foreground?

This is a mystery/thriller set in the contemporary period in a small town called Gilt Hollow. Like many American small towns, there is a history, echo
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
GILT HOLLOW is a story about friendship and redemption for a teen wrongly accused of murder. Readers can expect to enjoy the small-town setting, suspenseful feel, great dialogue, and some serious chemistry. A great read for those who enjoy mystery, suspense with some sweet moments and romance mixed in!

I loved these characters! Willow and Ashton both have had to deal with the situation in different, but no less traumatizing, ways. I liked that everything wasn't easy for them because it came acro
Melinda Howard
*This book was provided to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I loved this book so much!!!!! From the beginning to the end I was held captive by the magic of this book. I not only loved the main characters Willow and Ashton, as well as their names, but their voices also seemed authentic and real. I loved the opening and how the story unfolded and, like a good mystery book, it kept me guessing until the end about who'd done it (murdered Daniel). Ashton was my favourite character as
Carlye Krul
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
When I first saw this book I had my doubts. Just from the cover, it seemed like a thrilling book that would keep me awake to the early hours of the morning. I wasn't sure if I'd like it or if it'd turn out to be a cliche romance novel.
But as they say, don't judge a book by its cover.

First off, I'm a sucker for the bad boy characters (just take a look at my little Asher over there) and Ashton was everything and more.
Secondly, Willow was surprisingly relatable. Sure, I haven't dated a criminal, bu
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it

I really did adore this book, but it's just in that awkward in between zone where I have no actual clue how to rate it.
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I absolutely love Lorie Langdon as both a person and an author. I've had the pleasure of meeting her four times because she's an Ohio author and attends all of the Ohio author events. Each time it's so nice talking to her about her books and I definitely couldn't wait for the chance to read her newest release!

Ever since Willow's best friend was sent to jail for murdering one of their classmates, no one has let Willow forget. Willow has tried to continue on with her life, but when Ashton shows ba
Sarah Ryder
I’m not sure where to start with this review because I loved this book SO MUCH!

Ashton and Willow are AMAZING, and I love and connect with both of them equally SO MUCH, and just the things they go through—the trials, tests, and judgments—is truly heartbreaking and I just ached and FELT for them so much.

Willow and Ashton’s friends to lovers romance was THE BEST and so, so beautiful and right and I love them together and how far they would go to defend and protect each other. Willow’s so loyal and
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Bad writing distracts me. When I have to stop reading to shake my head in disbelief of the writing, I can't concentrate on the story. GILT HOLLOW is the second book in a row I've read that's trying to drown me in similes, adjectives & adverbs, using 50 words when 5 would suffice and using words awkwardly.

"Perusing clothes she couldn't afford was not her idea of fun".

The plot had too many convenient coincidences which felt contrived. Lorie Langdon couldn't have done even a google research on prot
Nina Rossing
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2016
This mystery/romance has all the ingredients to hook a teen reader: solid friendships, cute and stubborn girl, handsome and troubled and reliable boy, a wrong that must be righted...
I could see this story working quite well as a movie.
Dani N
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of mystery!
Shelves: ya, mystery
Gilt Hollow was a refreshing and redeeming title for YA Mystery. With solid storytelling, and refreshingly realistic characters, the pages turned themselves.

Full review here.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
4 Stars.

Gilt Hollow was a really fun, quick mystery read that was character driven and at the centre, a wonderful tale of forgiveness and acceptance. I won't deny that I absolutely adore the Doon series, also by Lorie Langdon (and Carey Corp) and I have to say that I now have another favourite couple - Willow and Ash!!!

Willow was a wonderful MC and I really loved reading her thoughts. She was intelligent, thoughtful, hard-working, loyal and her forgiveness towards Ash was really beautiful to re
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars! YA romantic suspense that kept me guessing until the last few chapters. This is also a murder mystery with teenagers as the possible suspects, gulp.

I thought the pacing was good and there’s a lot of build up of each character for a clear picture of good and bad.

But what kept me me turning the pages was the budding love story between Willow and Ashton that was somehow sweet and untainted. She makes him want to be a better person and he helps her to be more carefree.

But someone doesn’
Man, I was so ready to like this one. But alas, my recent streak of unfinished books seems on the rise.
All I wanted was an intense mystery, maybe a good romance as a subplot and perhaps some good old plot twists along the way.
What do I get? A sappy-ass romance (I'm talking cringe worthy dialogue here), an ending you could see coming from a mile off (I didnt finish the book but I bet I have the ending pegged, not that I care either way) and riddled with events that seemed forced with the soul pu
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review, 2016
Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon – Atmospheric Young Adult Whodunit

Four years ago, Ashton Keller was accused of murder. Four years ago, all Ashton wanted to be worried about was surviving his first year of high school… and girls. More specifically, his best friend Willow Lamont. Now four years later, Ashton is released from juvenile detention with revenge on the mind little realizing how his conviction altered and damaged Willow and her family.

Prepared for indifference towards everyone he once knew,
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copies
Four years ago, Willow’s best friend, Ashton, was sent to Juvenile Detention for manslaughter. She hasn’t heard anything from him in all that time, though she sent him dozens of letters and defended his innocence to anyone who would listen. Now, though, Ashton has been released from prison and is coming back to their town Gilt Hollow for revenge against those who falsely accused him. What does that mean for Willow, who Ashton believes deserted him?

Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon was an interesting
Thank you to NetGalley and Zonderkudz-Books and Blink for providing an advance copy of Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon. Mysteries are my favorite genre and teen mysteries like Gilt Hollow will be a favorite for YA readers. Lorie Langdon’s small town of Gilt Hollow seems to be a nice town for all who live there but we find out very quickly there are many lies, secrets, and threats that could shatter this small town along with Willow and those she loves. Willow Lamott grew up inseparable from Ashton ...more
Haley S
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I can't believe I enjoyed this book. To be honest, I only requested to review this book because I liked Lorie Langdon's work in the series Doon. I seriously enjoyed this book.
I can't say that I wasn't freaked out at times, but it was good! Okay, so the only time I was really freaked out was during the clown scene. I do not like clowns so that part was a little scary. Actually, this is how I came to not like clowns. A little while ago, my three sisters and I were telling ghost stories. I was so s
Merie Shen
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book certainly exceeded my expectations.
GILT HOLLOW is the first novel I have read by Lorie Langdon, and I enjoyed it enough to be sure that I'll soon be picking up her other works. This book is a Young Adult Mystery/Romance of some sort, although I have heard it been called a Thriller (?). And yes, it was very thrilling, page-turning read.
The story is set in the small fictitious town of Gilt Hollow. Its cozy autumnal background made for a perfect October read, which I happened to partake
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Zonderkidz-Books and NetGalley.)

“My intention was to uncover the truth and somehow clear my name. But someone’s been working overtime to send me back to jail.”

This was a YA story about a boy who went to juvie for a murder he didn’t commit.

I felt quite sorry for Ashton in this story, not only did he go to juvie for 4 years for killing someone who he didn’t kill, he also lost his family and fr
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Lorie Langdon is an Amazon best-selling author of YA novels such as: the Doon Series, Gilt Hollow, and Olivia Twist, which has received a starred review from Booklist Magazine and was picked up by Target Stores across the nation. In 2018, Chapters Interactive Stories developed her Doon series into a ‘choose your own ending’ mobile video game. Olivia Twist has been contracted for film development b ...more

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