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The Hollows

(Kinship #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Jess Montgomery showcases her skills as a storyteller in this powerful, big-hearted and exquisitely written follow-up to her acclaimed debut The Widows.

Ohio, 1926: For many years, the underground railroad track in Moonvale Tunnel has been used as a short cut through the Appalachian hills. When an elderly woman is killed walking along the tracks, the brakeman tells tales of
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Minotaur Books
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    Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
    The perfect blend of history and Mystery this is the second book in Jess Montgomery’s Kinship series based on The real first female sheriff of Ohio. While I thought this worked just fine as a standalone, I also would have liked a little more of the characters backstory that I am sure is given in the first book. 1926 Ohio Lily is called to the scene of an elderly woman having dropped onto the train tracks from above and then been hit by the oncoming train. No identification, no shoes, no idea if ...more
    The Hollows is the second book of the Kinship Historical Mystery Series and great as a standalone book. This is my first Jess Montgomery book and she has quickly become one of my favorite authors.

    The series is based on real life events and focused on a 1920’s female sheriff in Appalachia. As the sheriff, Lily Ross is called to investigate the mysterious death of an elderly woman in the remote district called Moonvale Tunnel. Lily is assisted by her deputy sheriffs’ Hildy and Marvena, as their
    Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: books-read-2019
    I thought this book started out a bit slow and I had some trouble following it. However not quite halfway through it suddenly got better. It had some interesting history weaved in the story. I liked the spunkiness of Lilly and the determination of the other characters. I ended up really liking the story much more than I expected. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the early copy
    Cathy Cole
    Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    The Widows, the first book in Jess Montgomery's Kinship historical mystery series, was one of my stand-out books in 2019, and it gives me so much pleasure to say that this second book, The Hollows, is now a stand-out book of 2020. I find the combination of Montgomery's evocative setting, her descriptive language, her story, and her marvelous characters to be well-nigh perfect.

    Perhaps the setting speaks to me so strongly because I was raised in a small farm town that had a coal mine until the
    Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I loved her other books and this didn't disappoint. A fast paced mystery crime novel that held me all the way through. Outstanding historical fiction. I loved it.

    Novels N Latte
    Hudson Valley NY
    Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The Hollows is the second book of the Kinship Historical Mystery Series, following The Widows. Jess Montgomery bases her storyline on actual 1920’s events of Ohio’s first female sheriff.
    The widow Lily Ross is very good at her job as sheriff, but it seems she must devote more energy defending the fact that she’s female than she does just trying to keep her responsibilities in order. The election is coming up, too, which is already causing some backstabbing and mumbling among the town’s
    Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it
    This was a good fast paced historical drama with believable twists and turns and characters . Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for letting me review this book
    Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I read Ms. Montgomery’s previous book, The Widows, which I loved and have been anxiously waiting for this one to be published. Sometimes the sequels don’t live up to the first one, but I will gladly say this one kept the story of Lily and Marvena going and absolutely nailed a great storyline. I’m not sure that you would need to read the first one of the series, because I think this can stand on its own, but you would certainly be missing out on another great book with foresight into the ...more
    Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
    The Hollows is the second installment in Jess Montgomery's Kinship Series. This story is based on true events regarding a 1920's female sheriff in Ohio. While I'm not a big historical fiction reader, I really enjoyed this story. I loved the witty, strong heroine and the detail the author used to describe her. A solid mystery is woven through this book, leading many twists and turns in the plot. Overall, I definitely recommend this one.
    Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Jess Montgomery has created another winner. The Hollows is the second book in a series that follows a female sheriff in small-town, post WWI Ohio. And just like in the series' first book, The Widows, Montgomery has treated us with a fantastic cast of characters; a complex, multi-layered mystery; a wonderful sense of place and time; and a fascinating history lesson.

    Lily Ross became sheriff of the fictional Bronwyn County during The Widows, and as The Hollows opens, we learn she is running for
    Dec 06, 2019 rated it liked it
    A nice Southern Gothic mystery, complete with plenty of family secrets, traumatic histories, and abuse. I enjoyed this quite a bit, and found that the details--the cost of groceries, the descriptions of buildings--really added to the flavor of the story. Although this is the second in a series, readers are fully filled-in on previous events, relationships, and important information.
    Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    This was such a good mystery following our 1920's female sheriff trying to solve a ghostly crime in the Appalachian hills! This book is well written and kept me entertained throughout.

    My thanks to Netgalley and St Martin's Press for this advanced readers copy. This book is due to release in January 2020.
    Laurel Kerr
    Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I was hooked after a few pages! Suspense, courage, doubt, love, and friendship are all here, crafted together through a story that inspires me to be a stronger person, which, these characters remind us, involves risk. The novel tackles social justice issues that are as relevant today as they were in Sheriff Lily Ross's 1920s. The development of character Hildy Cooper, who has been friends with Lily since childhood, highlights a woman struggling between what's expected of her and the person she ...more
    Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
    The Hollows by Jess Montgomery is the second in her Kinship series. Lily Ross is the sheriff of Kinship, a small town in Bronwyn County. In 1926, a female sheriff could be controversial. Actually, there still aren't many women in the role of sheriff: "Of the 3,084 sheriffs in the United States, only 42 are women, says Fred Wilson, director of operations for the National Sheriffs’ Assn. And that number is nearly twice what it was just seven years ago, he says. "(Source)

    In addition to the fact
    Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    The second novel in Jess Montgomery’s remarkable series set in a 1920’s Ohio mining town is every bit as memorable and vivid as the first, The Widows, which was far and away one of the best books of 2019. Montgomery brings to life the story of the first female sheriff, Lily Ross, in tiny Kinship, Ohio. While the first novel concerned itself with the politics of mining, this novel is more of a straight mystery, which veers into the unfortunate territory of racism and because of the time period, ...more
    Joan Roll
    Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
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    The year is 1926 and Lily Ross has been sheriff since she took over the job after her husband, Daniel’s death in 1924. Now it is time for her to be officially elected. She should be starting her election campaign when an elderly woman is killed by a train in her jurisdiction and she must instead focus all her attention on this new investigation.

    Lily begins the task not only to identity the woman but to find out if her death was accidental or if she was pushed to her death. With the help of her
    Suz Jay
    Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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    “For some time, people and moments and events—living and dead, past and present—have been raveling free of one another, like pieces in a patch quilt whose connecting stitches have broken, the pieces all still there but floating separately, randomly, in her mind.”*

    Lily Ross’s term as sheriff is nearly over and she’s up for re-election. The town is split, some support Lily, knowing what a great job she’s done after inheriting the role after her husband Daniel’s death, while others want a man in
    Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Second in the Kinship series, The Hollows takes up right where The Widows left off. It is even better than the first and that is saying a lot. It is 1926 in Kinship, Ohio and Lily Ross is still Sheriff with an election just ahead of her when she is called away for an unusual death, an elderly woman in a nightgown hit by a train in a remote location. And unfortunately it doesn't look like an accident, but that she was pushed. Now if only Lily knew who she was to begin with.... The Widows also ...more
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    Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
    The Hollows is an interesting mystery novel that is suspenseful until the very end. This is my first time reading Jess Montgomery and I really liked her writing style. You can tell that she did her research about the WKKK and the specific time period in the 20th century.

    One of my favorite things about this story is the great female characters. Jess Montgomery gives us strong, independent characters that aren't afraid to follow their instincts.

    It is book 2 in the Kinship series. Without reading
    Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley-2020
    I received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
    This series is based on the true events of the first female sheriff in this small town in Ohio. I haven't read the first book in the series, The Widows, so I was a little lost on references to events in the first book, but I don't think it's necessary to read it first.
    When an old woman jumps in front of the train, sheriff Lily Ross is called to investigate. The woman wears
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: already-read
    When I started reading this book, I had no idea what to expect. For me, I thought that The Hollows was an exceptional mystery story which had me captured from the start. Although it's not based on a true story, I found it to be very realistic and captivating. I enjoyed reading this book by Jess Montgomery and I look forward to reading more stories by her in the near future.#TheHollows#NetGalley

    *Thank you to NetGalley & St. Martin's Press for allowing me to read an e-copy for free in exchange
    Carol Custer
    Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Historical fiction is always fascinating in that it depicts events that 'could' have happened. The events in this book certainly ring true and are very believable. I was shocked to learn about the WKKK. I'd never heard of that group before!!

    The characters are interesting, the writing flows well, and the story covers many topics. It was an enjoyable read!
    Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    An excellent historical mystery, engrossing and entertaining.
    I liked the well crafted plot, the well researched historical background and the solid mystery.
    Highly recommended.
    Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
    Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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    I loved the first book in this series and was so happy that the second was just as good.
    I love a good historical novel and The Hollows was one of them. The mystery in this one was just as good as the first. It had me staying up way too late to finish it, just to find out what happened.
    The Widows had POV's from Lily and Marvena. The Hollows adds in Hildy's POV as well. I really enjoyed her arc to the story.
    There is an elderly woman who is hit by a train and Lily must determine whether it was an
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    JESS MONTGOMERY is the author of the Kinship Historical Mystery series, focusing on a 1920s female sheriff in Appalachia. You can find out more about her books at her website,, or reach her on Facebook @JessMontgomeryAuthor, Twitter @JessM_Author and Instagram @JessMontgomeryAuthor.

    Under Jess's given name, she is a newspaper columnist, focusing on the literary life,

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