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Dark Hollows

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Jacob Reese enjoys the quiet life, running a coffee shop and renting out his cottage in The Hollows, Vermont.

But the calm is shattered when a woman who looks eerily similar to his ex-girlfriend Laura turns up to stay in the cottage, and leaves a mysterious note in the guest book.

Now Jacob’s seeing Laura everywhere—a glimpse of her face across the street, her music box left
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published December 6th 2019 by HQ Digital
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Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dark Hollows is Steve Frech's latest thriller/horror mash-up and from the get-go, it's chilling and really does a fantastic job of messing with your psyche. The idyllic town of The Hollows in Vermont, New England is home to Jacob Reese. He very much enjoys the quiet lifestyle and his cosy coffee shop which serves the community. He also rents out a cottage to those who wish to live there for a period. However, he starts to become paranoid after seeing someone who looked exactly like his deceased ...more
Whispering Stories
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jacob Reese lives in a small town called The Hollows, Vermont with his dog, Murphy. He leads a quiet life with his canine companion. He owns a cottage that faces his home that he rents out to holidaymakers as well as running the local coffee shop.

Jacob is normally very picky when it comes to his cottage guests, choosing to only go with ones who have been previously stayed at other homes on the tourism website ‘Be Our Guest’ he rents through. When a young
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
The cover and synopsis for this book caught my attention, but sadly this one fell flat for me.

We meet Jacob Reese, a man who is enjoying a quiet life in the Hollows with his dog Murphy. He owns a coffee shop and rents out a little cottage on his property. When a guest shows up that looks like his ex-girlfriend it completely shatters his peaceful life he’s created. His ex-girlfriend Laura is dead, he knows this to be true. But whoever this guest is, she’s completely messing with his head and his
Kali Thomas
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

This was a fast, enjoyable read. The twist wasn't quite as exciting as I had hoped, but I read a ton of mystery/thrillers so I tend to be a little picky. I really appreciated the details of the town as well as the narrator's relationship with his dog. It felt so genuine.

Thanks so much to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read it!
Sarah Waldron
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to HQ Digital and the author for this advanced readers copy in return for an honest review.


Jacob Reese lives an easy going, quiet life with his dog. He owns a coffee shop in the local small town and runs a business hosting guests in the quaint cottage on his property. All is shaken up when he has a guest in the cottage who eerily looks just like his ex-girlfriend Laura and given that Laura is dead, this is understandably unsettling. The scary thing is, he then starts seeing
Rachel Bridgeman
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
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Many thanks to the awesome folk at HQ Stories for the chance to be involved in the blogtour for ‘Dark Hollows’ by Steve Frech which I enjoyed and read overnight-it is a very quick read in that it doesn’t involve a great deal of focussing on plot points, you just go along with the ride and enjoy it for what it is, a really good use of your time.

As for breathtaking twist…regular readers of this blog will know by now the massive groans with which I greet a book which promises something that I will
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a quick and entertaining read. I read it in one sitting while on a plane and the hours just flew by. I liked how the book concentrated on the story without too many bypasses and subplots. The author goes straight to the point from the beginning and it stays that way until the end.

Jacob lives with his dog Murphy in The Hollows, a small town in Vermont. He runs a coffee shop and rents out a little cottage to tourists. Things are going well for him but there is something in his past that’s
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it
As usual for ARCs, let’s get the particulars out of the way. I was given an Advance Reader’s Copy of Dark Hollows from HQ Digital through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All the opinions are my own. And, boy, do I have them. Originally, I requested this ARC because of the mystery element and the setting. I love me a New England setting.

Things I really enjoyed:
Slice of life opening.–The set up and beginning of the story were very slice of life and I loved it. In this quaint New
Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars

This book is spooky and creepy with an interesting premise. It is set in a small New England town which attracts tourists because of its haunted history…so it seems extremely fitting that the main character, Jacob, sees someone who looks like his dead girlfriend, Laura. The story follows Jacob’s search for the reason behind this strange appearance and readers start to find out about the “ghosts” of his past and his relationship with Laura.

The story advanced at a good pace and I was eager
José Carlos
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley for the e-ARC copy of this book! Here is my honest review:

Okay, I really enjoyed this book. We will follow the story of Jacob, a boy who after a somewhat complicated relationship with his parents, who makes him move away from them to forge his own life, receives his inheritance and begins to make his dreams come true. But his relationship with his parents is not the only thing in his past that Jacob would like to change. There is something else that marked him very deep in
Tarrah Marie (Wayward Readers)
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Steve Frech offers a well-paced, intriguing psychological suspense. The entire narrative was well rounded and offered the perfect amount of foreshadowing. Frech intertwines shifts from the past and the present to keep the reader engaged. The tertiary cast of characters and setting both play quintessential parts of the story line that make this novel feel unique. It was refreshing to have an author develop a story around a setting opposed to just inserting main characters into one. Excellent ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley and HQ for the opportunity to read and give an honest
review of this book.

Jacob Reese seems to have a great life and future in the idyllic little town of The Hollows. He owns a successful business, a coffee shop, and he rents out the small cottage on his property to discriminating vacationers.

What is it then that causes his nightmares and guilty conscience?
Gradually, we find that to pay his college tuition, years ago, he took on a job delivering drugs and picking up payments
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A really great book. Well written and attention grabbing. The characters are very believable and human! The story kept me reading until the end just to see what was really happening. Jacob Reese is trying for a quit life but things take a different path when someone looking like his dead ex girlfriend turns up and strange stalkerish things start to happen. well worth the read looking forward to reading more from this author.
Nicola Stevenson
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a gripping read - I read this over two days & did not want to put it down! Jacob is leading a good life in a small town. He has a dog, a good business & friends. However, there's something in his past that's cone back to haunt him & this is where it gets interesting. I found this to be well written & attention getting.

Thank you to HQ Digital & NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Janice Lombardo
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley for the ARC! I loved this book! I hope the author writes more. I especially enjoyed how he shifted from present time to the past. I read a lot and have never seen an author use that method to switch around. It was very clever! I wish The Hollows was a real place. I’d love to sip some Groundworks coffee while hanging out with Murphy. ...more
Simona Moroni
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Elevator pitch:

imagine if Luke of Gilmore girls had a checkered past that came back to haunt him.



In Dark Hollows, Steve French employs a neat cinematic trick to weave past and present together; a word, a sound, triggers the memory of his protagonist, Jacob Reese. These flashbacks make the reader relive the past simultaneously with Jacob. Giving it immediacy. This is a story about guilt, retribution, penance. The impossibility of running from your sins. About not trusting that one
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dark Hollows is an easy read, mysterious and so addictive that you’ll not be able to put it down. I’ll say from the beginning that I started this book during a flight and when I landed I almost finished it, I was so absorbed by the story that the trip passed like an exhale!
This is a mysterious read, but since the beginning you can feel that there’s something more behind the mysterious ex-girlfriend that Jacob Reese seem to have seen. We will see some flashbacks from the past to let the reader
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Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dark Hollows by Steve Frech was a quick read for me. I enjoyed the description of his town and wonderful life with his coffee shop, dog, rental place for extra money. It all sounded so wonderful. Picture perfect small town to enjoy life in.

At first I thought he was haunted by some supernatural being from his past. As more details about his past came to light, so many things had to be figured out. The sabotage at his cafe with the cockroaches almost had me freaked totally out. Supernatural or
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Secrets from the past

Jacob Reese had a rocky time during his college years but finally settled down, bought some property with a cottage he rents, and started a successful coffee shop in Vermont in a quaint small town.

He has a past that he put behind him but someone is leaving him clues that they know about the past and aren't going to let it rest.

I enjoyed this fast-paced thriller with some twists and turns I didn't expect. I especially liked Murphy, Jacob's dog.

I will definitely keep an eye
Mary Reagan Richardson (mary_reagans_books)
The thing that got me most interested in the novel to begin with is that it is told from the male perspective through the entire book. That hardly ever happens in the thriller genre and I really loved that about this book. The twist is the only thing I am unsure of! I just don't know if its real or believable but I know that crazy has no bounds and I did really enjoy this one. It was a fun, fast paced novel with very vivid imagery. I would love to go visit a town like The Hollows because of how ...more
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jacob has a successful business and life, but when a woman who looks just like his dead girlfriend starts showing up, he knows that someone knows his darkest secret. This was pretty good for most of the book, but the ending seemed kind of abrupt compared to the buildup of the rest of the book. I mostly enjoyed it, even though I was unsure for most of the book what was really happening. Was it a horror story and Laura was alive? Was Jacob just crazy and imagining everything because of a guilty ...more
Lel Budge
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Set in New England and after the death of his parents, Jacob used his inheritance to buy a home in The Hollows, it also has a cottage which he lets out as holiday lets. He also owns a local coffee shop.

He lets out the cottage to a woman who doesn’t fit his usual letting criteria, but it’s only for a short let. When she arrives, she seems a bit familiar and he realises she looks very much like his ex, Laura. But he knows that Laura is dead.

Jacob starts to find out more and as he does, the secrets
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The werewolf "brings destruction to itself and all those around it. It is in his nature."

Jacob Reese, former bagman for a small time drug dealer, has gone straight. He's bought himself a coffee shop in The Hollows, a tiny town in Vermont. Once Groundworks was in the red, Jacob decided to turn a cottage on his property into a B&B, taking advantage of the huge tourist traffic in that New England area. Although he's careful about his renters, he makes a mistake when he hosts Rebecca Lowden to
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I was born in East Chicago, Indiana. I grew up in the small town of Troy, OH.

I attended Miami University of Ohio and received a BFA in Theater. I moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting and writing but quickly discovered that I don't like actors... Just kidding. I have a ton of actor friends and I love you