T. Kingfisher, also known as Ursula Vernon, is the author and illustrator of many projects in the sci-fi realm, but her newest, The Hollow Places, veers strongly into supernatural horror territory.
Kara has just been dumped by her husband, and her uncle offers her room and board at his curio shop known as The Wonder Museum. She jumps at the chance…mainly because she doesn’t really have any other viable options, and she loves her uncle.
While taking care of the shop/museum, which houses an eclectic collection of everything from taxidermy animals to skeletons to odd art, she is told by some visitors there is a hole in the wall upstairs.
After closing, she enlists her new friend Simon, who is a barista at the coffee shop next door, to help patch the hole while her uncle is having surgery done.
But the hole is not just a hole in a wall…there’s a hidden corridor behind it. Confused and curious, the duo set about to explore what’s behind the wall.
A decision they will soon regret as they end up in a strange land between alternate realities. Realities that are not only not their own, but deadly.
As the story continues, the two main characters, and the reader, are drawn into creepy encounters with beings, some human-like, and some not. It culminates in an epic battle between Kara and those deadly beings, with a twist I didn’t see coming.
I really enjoyed The Hollow Places. The story had influences of H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King, but was an original story of its own. The descriptive prose made me feel like I was right there with Kara and Simon, even cringing and holding my breath at some encounters with the main “monsters.”
I’m giving The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher a 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimer: I received an advance e-book copy for review purposes from NetGalley. I was not compensated in any other way. My opinion is honest, and as always, my own.
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