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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  46,547 ratings  ·  9,005 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow has always been strange. Something happened to her and her two older sisters when they were children, something they can’t quite remember but that left each of them with an identical half-moon scar at the base of their throats.

Iris has spent most of her teenage years trying to avoid the weirdness that sticks to her like tar. But when her eld
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 6th 2021 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Cindy
Mar 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Update a few months later: Bumping this up to 5 stars cuz I've rated other books 4 stars this year and they just do not hit the same way that this did

This book was so addicting to read that I finished it in 2 days! The descriptive writing and atmosphere were *chef's kiss*. Sutherland writes horror so well, and I loved the combination of creepiness and femininity. It’s both grotesque and aesthetically pleasing; ethereal while disturbingly strange. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.
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Kai Spellmeier
Jul 20, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy
All I want in life is to write a book weird and haunting enough to receive such a first class cover treatment
Krystal Sutherland
Mar 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this. I think it's pretty good. I apologize in advance for any nightmares/strong feelings of betrayal you experience while reading. ...more
Yun
May 02, 2022 rated it really liked it
"You shouldn't be afraid of the truth. It'll set you free, right?"
Calling all fans of dark fairy tales. Have I got a book for you!

When Iris Hollow was seven years old, she and her sisters disappeared for a month, only to reappear with no memories of where they've been or what had happened to them. Now 10 years later, Iris just wants to leave it all behind and move on with her life. But when her oldest sister disappears again, it's as if history is repeating itself. And to save her, Iris must
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
At least hundred times I asked myself after finishing the last line of this brain cells destroyer, mind hacker, nail biter, extremely shocker, jaw dropper novel; What the freaking heck I just read?

This is more than creepy, dark, disturbing, eerie! Those words are not enough to describe the senses you feel when you have one of the craziest reading experience! It’s bleak, soul crushingly dark and sharply twisty, extremely complex earns your 100 decibel screams!
Let’s talk about the blood freezin
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jessica
what a bizarre little book. very ‘wayward children’ meets ‘the only good indians’ with a whole lot of riverdale season 3.

and my rating/review reflects that i misread the synopsis. i totally thought this was a realistic mystery/thriller story. im not a fan of magical realism and, had i known that was the backbone of this book, i probably would have given it a pass.

that being said, i cant deny that this is extremely well-written. for being such a strange, spooky story, the writing is actually qu
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Robin
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
↠ 5 stars

Something lurks in the shadows unseen in this Grimm-inspired urban fairytale you won't be able to put down. Trouble has always accompanied the ethereally beautiful Hollow sisters. It’s a strangeness that can be traced all the way back to their childhood and the start of one of the most famous unsolved mysteries of the past decade. One fateful New Years’ evening, the girls disappeared right from under the watchful eyes of their parents and were not found until over a month later, huddled
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
4.5 Stars ⭐️. Freaking awesome! This book was cray and awesome for a ya horror book.



There, in the distance, was the man in the bull skull, watching me.


I was not expecting this book and was pleasantly surprised or horrifically surprised 😏

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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chan ☆
ngl i didn't fully understand this. vibes were nice and spooky but i don't think i'll remember this one a year from now. ...more
emma
Here is a small list of perfect things in life:
- fairytales
- scary weird mean beautiful girls
- unsolved mysteries
- flowers and generally pretty things
- magical worlds just outside of ours
- creepy stories
- sisters

There are probably eleven perfect things in life, and I just listed seven of them. (Shoutout to 7 Eleven.) (Now I want a slushie.)

And guess the hell what.

THEY'RE ALL IN THIS BOOK.

I 100% added this book because of its cover, but then I did something unthinkably brave and even more rare:
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maria ✦‧₊☽
How can a cover be so beautiful?
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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HOUSE OF HOLLOW is one of the best horror stories I've ever read. I don't even normally like horror because I am a soft and jellied wimp, but I do like fairytales, and this is like the darkest of the lot: a story of three girls who went missing at the stroke of midnight while their parents fretted and worried, only for them to return, not quite the same, with matching scars on their throats and discolored hair and eyes. Ten years later,
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Reading_ Tamishly
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Gothic and mysterious.

"Like I could open any drawer or door or cupboard and there find my sister's bare-naked soul, neatly folded."

This one is so young adult dramatic and easy to read. A story about three most "perfect beautiful" teenage sisters who everyone else believed to be witches (you know what's it like with gossips). Something bad happened to them when they were kids and their dad. A mysterious man like being seems to follow them and it is well related to what happened to them. And we ha
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toointofiction
“My sisters. My blood. My skin. What a gruesome bond we shared.”

⚠️Trigger Warning: Kidnapping, nudity, suicide, mentions of drug and alcohol abuse, descriptions of murder⚠️

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (more like 4,75)

No major spoilers ahead


I can't believe I haven't read this masterpiece sooner. It must've been on my TBR pile for 2-3 months at least. I also can't believe how lucky I am to have read two AMAZING books right at the start of the year. I honestly feel so blessed. 😇😇


I have to start with the AMA
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Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
This is everything I love packed into one tiny book, I am obsessed <3

The grim earthy gothic, the unsettling vibes of everything being slightly unnatural and decaying, the toes to doorway folklore…I just adore it. I underestimated this book for so long but it ended up being everything I’ve wanted.
Irena BookDustMagic
Oct 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-reads
As soon as I saw the cover for House of Hollows I knew I had to read it.
The design reminds me of Horrid and Wilder Girls, books I both enjoyed so much, and I have a theory that covers like this keep weird and brilliant stories between the pages.
This book proves my theory right!

The story is narrated by Iris, the youngest of the three sisters who disappeared one night and came back one month later not knowing where they've been, and clueless about the truth about what happened to them.

The story is
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
3.5 stars. My thoughts on this one are a little weird. I didn't love it like I was hoping to, but I also somehow ended up liking it more than I expected to???? Lol the writing style of this one was a little odd so it took me a bit to get into the story, but once I did I ended up finishing the book in one sitting because I was just so captivated by the eerie whimsy of it all. With that being said, I think I didn't like this as much as I was hoping to because I found that once the big reveal happe ...more
jenny✨
one word: HOLY-MOTHER-EFFIN-COVER.
Jennifer
Mar 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
"I am the thing in the dark.”

Wow. This book definitely brings the creepy, unsettling vibes, and after a long night with some very weird dreams, I'd say I'm still recovering.

House of Hollow is a dark, atmospheric mystery/horror novel about three sisters who disappear when they are young, return a month later without any explanation, and are never the same. This story is plot driven, so I never felt fully connected to the characters, but I think that's intentional. These sisters are as much a myst
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Melissa
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read it, I loved it, I blurbed it: Stepping nimbly among the liminal spaces and eerie real-world haunts of our heroine’s missing sister, this haunting modern fairy tale will wrap you up like a glittering fog, before it goes for your throat.

Seriously though this book is my exact poison. <3

aly ☆彡
I have mixed feelings for this book and no, not because it was bad. The book was actually good but magical realism is just never the genre for me.

The book starts strongly, I really love the ominous atmosphere, the full-blown terror, the dark past, the eerie feelings, literally everything this book has to offer.

"We might be peculiar, but we're not new"


Seventeen years old Iris Hollow and her sisters have always been strange, well at least have always been after the kidnapped incident
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Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
May 16, 2022 rated it really liked it
A good story with a terrific ending. I enjoyed my journey with the sisters. Very weird but fun!

And that cover is gorgeous!
Misty Marie Harms
Iris Hollow and her two older sister are different. They disappeared when they were children and returned a month changed. No memory of what happened to them but bonded in a way that can't be explained. As they get older, they notice they have power to do things. As they continue on to adulthood, Grey leaves home and becomes a fashion icon. Vivi joins a band and tours the world. Ivy is just trying to get through high school and be normal.

Then Grey disappears. In their frantic search for their m
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luce (currently recovering from a hiatus)
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re-read: still loved it! definitely a great choice for a creepy october read. my only quibble is that this time around didn't entirely believe in the british setting (some of the things iris & other characters say did not ring true).

“Dark, dangerous things happened around the Hollow sisters.”


Brimming with beauty and danger House of Hollow is a spellbinding modern fairy tale. Written in a tantalising prose that seems to echo traditional fa
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Jessica | JustReadingJess
Mar 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
House of Hollow is a dark and twisted fairy tale that is impossible to put down. The Hollow sisters went missing for a month and then showed up with no recollection of what happened. Their hair and eyes changed causing their father to be suspicious, but everyone else is glad to have them returned safely. Ten years later, Grey is missing and left clues to help Iris and Vivi find her. Sutherland grabbed my attention from the very beginning and packed the book with suspense leaving me trying to fig ...more
Dasani
2/5

Book Contains: Alcoholism, Suicide, Murder, Sexual Assault, Drug Use, Body Horror, Gore

"We were sisters..We loved each other with potent, reverent fury. Animal fury. Monstrous fury..What a gruesome bond we shared"

House of Hollow is a horrific tale that follows two sisters (Iris & Vivi) who follow a path of supernatural breadcrumbs, in hopes of being reunited with their missing eldest sister (Grey), who'd left a cryptic message calling for their help. Along the way they discover not only the
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Lauren Lanz
Jul 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq-rep, 3-stars, horror
“My sisters. My blood. My skin. What a gruesome bond we shared.”

Enchanting and haunting; whimsy within a modern world. House of Hollow was a strangely intriguing mystery, one I had no trouble falling into! I loved all of the characters, though my interest in the plot dwindled by the end of the story.

~★~ What is this book about? ~★~

When Iris Hollow was seven years old, she and her sisters were stolen into the forest and spit back out a month later. They have no memory of the incident, ye
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Ayman
Mar 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you for the ARC courtesy of penguin teen, all opinions are my own.

NON SPOILERS
3.8 ⭐️ overall i enjoyed this book it was definitely something out of the comfort zone and not something i necessarily go for. long story short this book follows Iris Hollow, youngest of 2 older sisters. they are very close with one another but they are also very strange due to their shared trauma. When one of the sisters, Grey, goes missing. Iris and Vivi try to figure out that mystery which leads to a sequence
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Kezia Duah
Dec 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5⭐️
Okay Sutherland! I see you!! Is there an application I can fill in order to tap into some of that creativity you are obviously blessed with?

This was creepiness at its finest, and the cover, oh gosh it’s so pretty. Lately I’ve been talking about covers a lot more, and of course, this one deserves a shout out!! I mean look at it.

The pace was great and the characters were amazing. The imagery was also really done well. I love when I can visualize what I’m reading even if it means really cree
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Krystal Sutherland is an internationally published author. Her latest novel for young adults, House of Hollow, was released by Penguin in April 2021. Sutherland's first novel, Chemical Hearts, was published in over 20 countries and was named by the American Booksellers Association as one of the best debuts of 2016. The film adaptation, produced by Amazon Studios, stars Lili Reinhart (Riverdale) an ...more

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