Thursday, July 21, 2016
Synopsis (From GoodReads):
For as long as she can remember, twenty-year-old Finley Montgomery has been able to see into the future. She dreams about events before they occur and sees beyond the physical world, unconsciously using her power to make supernatural things happen.
But Finley can’t control these powers—and there’s only one person who can help. So Finley moves to The Hollows, a small town in upstate New York where her grandmother lives, a renowned seer who can finally teach Finley how to use her gift.
A gift that is proving to be both a blessing and a curse, as Finley lands in the middle of a dangerous investigation involving a young girl who has been missing for ten months and the police have all but given up hope.
With time running out there’s only so much Finley can do as The Hollows begins to reveal its true colors. As she digs deeper into the town and its endless layers, nothing is what it seems. But one thing is clear: The Hollows gets what it wants, no matter what.
I've got a confession to make: I picked this up by (a happy) mistake! I thought I was getting the audiobook version of Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine, an epic fantasy. Instead I got this gritty, scary, gem of a book and I couldn't have been more lucky! It was thoroughly entertaining.
The story revolves mainly around two people: Finley, a teenage psychic, and the mother of a missing child named Merri.
Finley's struggle for self identity is one that is universal. While they may not have psychic powers, most young people are trying hard to figure out who they are apart from how their family sees them. Finley is fighting to be her own person, doing anything that will set her apart such as riding a motorcycle and covering herself in tattoos. She enjoys being reckless, but she also is starting to realize she doesn't want to be stoned, hungover, or hanging with people who can only think of partying. Trying to get her life together, she flees to The Hollows to start college. She wants to concentrate on school, exams, and on her on again, off again boyfriend, but the things she dreams about, sees and hears cannot be ignored.
Merri is living a nightmare. Her beautiful child, Abby, is abducted during a family vacation at The Hollows. Almost a year of searches and media attention has taken a toll on her already shaky marriage. Her husband is ready to move on but she can't let go. Merri contacts a private detective who works with Finley's grandmother (another psychic) to make one more attempt at finding Abby.
I loved not only these women's personal dramas, but also the central mystery of where Abby might be. And are there other girls sharing her fate? Where is she being held? Could her abductors be hiding in plain sight?
The book does a wonderful job of inhabiting the lives of each character. I found the scenes of Abby creepy and frightening. You root for her to be found. I found it impossible to stop listening to this audiobook. It was suspenseful and had an urgency that was mesmerizing.
Release Date: June 7th, 2016
Source: Public Library
Format: Digital Audiobook
Recommendation: If you love mystery and suspense, then you are in for a treat. Prepare for marathon reading/listening!