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The Hollow Ones

(Blackwood Tapes #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  6,063 ratings  ·  951 reviews
A horrific crime that defies ordinary explanation. A rookie FBI agent in dangerous, uncharted territory. An extraordinary hero for the ages.

Odessa Hardwicke's life is derailed when she's forced to turn her gun on her partner, Walt Leppo, a decorated FBI agent who turns suddenly, inexplicably violent while apprehending a rampaging murderer. The shooting, justified by self-d
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published August 4th 2020 by Grand Central Publishing
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Susan It's moderately gruesome and there are several mass murders but I think it would be perfectly fine for a high school student. If they can read Stephen…moreIt's moderately gruesome and there are several mass murders but I think it would be perfectly fine for a high school student. If they can read Stephen King they can read this one! (less)

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Aug 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
These days, I'll usually DNF anything I'm not enjoying - life's too short, and my TBR is too long. But once in a while I'll push through, in this case because Guillermo del Toro is one of my absolute favourite people and creators; hopefully my sense that he comes up with concepts and Chuck Hogan does the writing is correct, because damn,

It's a pain, too, because the synopsis for The Hollow Ones is pretty much my catnip - secret supernatural goings on investigated by a man haunted with centuries
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well this was disappointing.

This is "Horror fiction" and a not very suspenseful novel. Don't get me wrong it wasn't horrible it just wasn't very good. It didn't draw from any character development so the characters were shallow (the book would have been more aptly named "The Shallow ones") and lacking in interest. A lot of times It reads very much like a screen play. I was waiting to read the "fade to night", "Scene 2 act: 1" etc..., directions.
1 to 2 stars.
Reminiscent of THE THING or perhaps FALLING ANGEL, THE HOLLOW ONES was a good time!

We follow a young female FBI agent named Odessa Hardwicke, as she is temporarily suspended for an officer involved shooting, wherein her partner was the victim and she the perpetrator. She ends up taking a desk job until everything is sorted out. She takes over the desk of an agent on medical leave and for...spoiler-ific reasons, she goes to meet him. He then tells her to mail a letter, which she does and then, PO
Edward Lorn
Aug 08, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What an atrociously bad novel.

This is my first book from del Toro and Hogan. I own THE STRAIN, and one of Hogan's thrillers, but if they're as mundane and cliched as this mess, I'll take a hard pass. I can only imagine this exists in the publishing world because del Toro's name is on it, because if this were from an unknown author, I'd hazard a guess and say it would've never made it out of the slush pile.

I'm a big fan of del Toro as a director, but everything I love about his work is absent h
Oh boy - one of those reviews I don’t really want to do.

I’ll start by saying that it’s a fast, entertaining read. I finished it extremely quickly.


It was not epic.

Having read and loved the authors before, I expected epic. I expected a book that would thrust me into a world so dark and compelling that I couldn’t come up for air. What I got was Denzel Washington flashbacks.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Denzel. But this was Fallen starring Denzel Washington mashed up with a little Exorcist prequel
Lashaan Balasingam

You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

There are horrifying things that humankind has seen occur throughout history. From a single heinous and passionate crime to mass-killings making us wonder if we'll ever be able to prevent these horrors from taking place, evil takes on new forms that simply astonish the most seasoned veterans in the field of crime investigation. But what if the cause of such terrors is beyond Man's reach? What if there are supernatural forces at play that provoke
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When FBI agent Odessa Hardwicke is forced to shoot her partner, a man who until moments before was laughing and joking with her over a meal, everything she thought she knew is thrown into doubt. Shunned by her colleagues and put under investigation she is despatched to clean out a retiring agents office where she discovers records of similar events taking place over multiple centuries, all involving a mysterious figure known as John Silence.

This was a beautifully written book from start to finis
Was super excited to receive an ARC but was so disappointed by the time I finished it. The character John Silence is a total ripoff of Pendergast from the Pendergast Series by Preston/Child -looks, clothing, demeanor. Silence even drives the same car and lives in the same building as Pendergast. Total RIPOFF. Two authors of this caliber could surely have created an original character. The only character I liked was Solomon-the 82yo cantankerous ex-FBI agent. I just feel like there could have bee ...more
Roxie Voorhees
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

First, I have to say how fast paced and fun this was to listen to.  I started it yesterday morning and listened in one sitting.  I was sucked in and definitely entertained.  That being said, this wasn't really an original idea as the synopsis made it sound. 

Let me explain a little on how I rate books, many people do not read my profile, so here it is: 
For ☆☆☆ I
Enjoyed reading
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

The Hollow Ones by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan follows a rookie FBI agent named Odessa Hardwicke as she investigates a string of mass murders after she herself survives one of the horrific attacks. At the end of a terrifying hunt for a rampaging killer on the loose, she was forced to shoot her own partner and mentor Walt Leppo after the older agent inexplicably became violent and turned on her. While the shooting
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Once again these two collaborators mix a blend of lush silky prose, vivid descriptions and all right but not amazing characters. In fact I thought the strain trilogy overall had better MCs, but still well done on authors part making people that could be real.
The narrator was great preventing me from having heart attack at some tense moments with her steady voice hehe.
An ancient evil and an occult detective come crashing into Odessa Hardwicke's life. As an FBI agent she thinks she knows how the world works. She has worked hard to be where she is and she know's she's smart enough to get the job done. Then something strange happens and she is forced to turn her gun on her mentor. This is just the beginning, all sorts of crazy and scary things happen.

I really liked Odessa. I liked how smart she was and how she never backed down. I do believe she was one of the
I wasn't sure what to expect from this newest book by Guillermo Del Toro. I loved The Shape of Water, but Pan's Labryinth (movie and book version) wasn't my thing at all. But....even if a Del Toro story isn't a personal's always entertaining and well-done. So, I jumped at the chance to review this audio book.

Every day for a week I listened to this story as I commuted to and from work. I know when an audio book grabs my attention because I can't leave the story once I reach work..
Roxie Voorhees
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
First, I have to say how fast paced and fun this was to listen to. I started it yesterday morning and listened in one sitting. I was sucked in and definitely entertained. That being said, this wasn't really an original idea as the synopsis made it sound.

Let me explain a little on how I rate books, many people do not read my profile, so here it is:
For ☆☆☆ I
Enjoyed reading
Found some minor plot holes
Thought character development needs some work
Felt world building is lacking
Would recommend
Am unlik
Oct 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Not going to lie, probably one of the most unsatisfactory endings I've ever read! While I'm not a fan of rambling character resolves, this book wasn't the complete package for me.

I went into The Hollow Ones expecting just a dark, gritty, murder mystery, but it really went full-blown horror. This is definitely for fans of The Outsider and books like such. While I enjoyed the beginning segments, (no matter how gruesome they may be) the second half completely lost me.

I thought John Silence was an i
Athena (OneReadingNurse)
A huge thank you to Grand Central Publishing for the giveaway win! I received an early copy of The Hollow Ones by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, and while I slightly missed the publication date I read it as soon as I could!

This book is everything I could ever want in a crime / thriller /paranormal / FBI / supernatural bundle of amazing ness. Maybe I have just been away from thrillers for too long but I read this in three sittings and have no regrets. From a modern day FBI agent who has to s
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it
This was an interesting read. I quite enjoyed the three different stories of Odessa, Solomon, and Blackwood happening throughout and how each of them came to find themselves mixed in otherworldly business. I found each one added something extra to the story in a good way. While we got to know a bit about each of them and in turn the mostly unseen dangers threatening the world, there's clearly so much more to know about them and the larger beings in play. I'm really curious to see how this tale c ...more
Erin Dunn
Jul 07, 2020 added it
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*Update upon finishing*

I am so glad that I won The Hollow Ones in a Goodreads giveaway! I enjoyed (most) of The Strain trilogy, but I was slightly hesitant about this one. I was intrigued, but just not sure exactly if I was intrigued enough. However, after finishing this one I absolutely can't wait for the next book in this series!!! This one was like Guillermo del Toro meets something like The Dresden Files. It was a fast-paced read and DIFFERENT. I loved this one and I can't wait for the next
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was clearly written with either major motion picture or streaming series in mind and that's not necessarily a bad thing, but it is an easy thing. It's pat. After the twentieth-or-so time one reads "Blackwood didn't answer" it becomes hard to stifle the frustration that at least 50 pages of this could've been cut if the guy would just sit down and explain things to Odessa for fifteen minutes. Also wearying are characters who remain skeptical of everything that takes place despite ample, repe ...more
I wanted to love this so much since My Love’s name is attached to it- Guillermo del Toro but I did not. It’s not terrible and it’s interesting enough but I left that it didn’t really go anywhere. The plot kinda went up then flatlined for me. I will not be continuing this series.
Miriam  on hiatus
4.5 stars audio
3 stars story
I both listened and read The Hollow Ones (THO) by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, thank you to Grand Central Publishing for the print copy and Hachette Audio via NetGalley. This book literally scared the tar out of me, mostly because the very thought that some of the most hideous acts committed by humans could have been driven by demon possession seemed almost a feasible idea – at least while listening/reading to the book while home alone! YIKES! Del Toro & Hogan do have this effect on me, t ...more
Feb 03, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF @ 41%

No interest in continuing this one. Started out strong, then went off the rails.
Originally posted on the book blog Creature From the Book Lagoon.

* I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Possible triggers: Child death, racism.

Let’s get the elephant in the room talked about right away. This is NOT the strain. It feels like a lot of people are really disappointed in The Hollow Ones because it is not the same feel as The Strain. And it’s true, it’s not. It doesn’t even really feel like it’s by the same authors. BUT…. The Strain is straigh
Melissa Bennett
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a good story that reminded me a lot of the movie Fallen with Denzel Washington. There was definitely enough difference to make it original though. The story was fast paced from beginning to end. It covered 3 timelines and did it well without any confusion. Great characters kept me rooting for them and an eerie setting kept me reading. The ending tied up nicely with enough room for a possible second Hollow Ones book. If so, I would certainly read it. Mystery & Thriller
Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan are back with another collaborative effort. Those who read their Strain trilogy or watched the television series adaptation on FX are probably still experiencing nightmares, or perhaps comparing our current crisis to the one that took place in the latter stages of the story. Apparently, Del Toro and Hogan are not permitting any mental or emotional respite to occur among their readers. Their newly published novel, THE HOLLOW ONES, promises wild literary rides fo ...more
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Sometimes we are not the ones doing the summoning. Sometimes we are the ones being summoned."

Odessa Hardwicke is a rookie FBI agent who ends up killing her partner when they attend a crime scene. She can't forget what she saw at the moment of Walt Leppo's death: "a mist, looking like a ripple of heat mirage, rose from Leppo's twisted form" leaving behind an odor of solder. Odessa can't bring herself to tell anyone about that when she's taken off duty and put on leave. Confined to desk duty whil
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Barely made it halfway through...

Was excited to read this book, like the author, like his previous work, etc. etc. Thought omgoodness, looks like a good horror read!

Nope. Flat. Starts strong, fades, dies about halfway. Story makes no sense in places, jumps around, doesn't transition well from scene to scene. I dunno, maybe I'm too picky. Maybe just not the story for me.

Odessa, rookie FBI agent, loses her partner within the first few pages to a creepy attacker who has hijacked a plane, flown aro
The Girl with the Sagittarius Tattoo
Reminiscent of both The X Files and that Denzel Washington movie Fallen, The Hollow Ones' pages seemed to fly by.

FBI Agent Odessa Hardwicke has been reassigned, and she's still stunned about what happened. A man she knew well and trusted, her partner Agent Leppo, suddenly attacked a child with a knife at a crime scene. To save the girl, Odessa had to shoot and kill her partner. Struggling for answers, she arrives at her new field office and meets retired agent Earl Solomon. When Odessa tells him
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Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican director mostly known for his acclaimed films Pan's Labyrinth, The Devils Backbone, Crimson Peak and the Hellboy film franchise. His films draw heavily on sources as diverse as weird fiction, fantasy, horror, and war. In 2009, Del Toro released his debut novel, The Strain, co-authored with Chuck Hogan, as the first part of The Strain Trilogy, an apocalyptic horror s ...more

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