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The Hollows: A Novel

(Kinship #2)

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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

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Kindle Edition, 330 pages
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Minotaur Books
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Annette
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Emily
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Laurel Kerr
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kendra
Dec 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Pam
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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.
Yolanda
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
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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, www.jessmontgomeryauthor.com, 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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  • The Widows (Kinship #1)