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James Dawson
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2 Feb 2012

Something wicked this way comes...

She thought she'd be safe in the country, but you can't escape your own nightmares, and Lis London dreams repeatedly that someone is trying to kill her.

Lis thinks she's being paranoid - after all who would want to murder her? She doesn't believe in the local legends of witchcraft. She doesn't believe that anything bad will really happen to her. You never do, do you? Not until you're alone in the woods, after dark - and a twig snaps...

Hollow Pike - where witchcraft never sleeps.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Indigo (2 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780620039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780620039
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 573,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Dawson, author of dark teen thriller HOLLOW PIKE, grew up in West Yorkshire, writing imaginary episodes of Doctor Who. He later turned his talent to journalism, interviewing luminaries such as Steps and Atomic Kitten before writing a weekly serial in a Brighton newspaper.

Until recently, James worked as a teacher, specialising in PSHCE and behaviour. He is most proud of his work surrounding bullying and family diversity. He now writes full time in London.

In his spare time, he STILL loves Doctor Who and is a keen follower of horror films and connoisseur of pop music.

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This is a fantastic debut, well written and teeming with clever references, witty lines and colourful characters that I fully appreciated. Bang on trend with its witchcraft-y elements and sporting a stunning, eye-catching cover, it's perfect for anyone who loves paranormal YA, but is looking for something just a little bit different. (The Cait Files 2012-02-02)

Hands up who read the Point Horror books? If you did, you'll recognise the style of this teenage horror - jumps, scares and airport-thriller-type cliffhanger chapter endings. Not that any of those are bad things mind... gripping, and the intricacies of teenage relationships are well told. (Rhiannon Davies SFX 2012-03-01)

...a brilliant book that captures the true nature of secondary school so very well (Mostly Reading YA 2012-02-02)

A fabulous debut that had me looking over my shoulder while reading. Strongly recommended (Thoughts from the Hearthfire 2012-02-02)

...one of the best young adult novels I have read in a long time. I can't wait to see what James Dawson comes up with next. (The Book Bundle 2012-01-30)

The opening lines saw me hold my breath and I didn't breathe again until the end of the first chapter. I honestly thought I might need medical assistance. What an amazing opening to a book. (Serendipity Reviews 2012-01-29)

This book blends important teen issues, teen angst, witchcraft and murder mystery, creating a delectable cocktail of a book. Best sipped slowly so you don't miss a single drop. (Bookangel's Booktopia 2012-01-04)

If you are craving a chilling tale, laced with suspense, Hollow Pike is the book for you. (Realm of Fiction 2012-01-23)

... a gripping read that scares and thrills in equal measures (Juniper's Jungle 2012-01-24)

... like Blair Witch Project meets The Craft and with a bit of Mean Girls thrown in. I loved the action and the speed of the book, it was a brilliant read. (Readeraptor 2012-01-18)

Man, does James Dawson know the minds of British teenagers... Hollow Pike is the perfect book for teens who love spooky stories or just great literature, and especially those who, like I did at that age, feel like they don't quite fit in with the majority of their peers. (Book Zone for Boys 2012-02-08)

...clever, sophisticated storytelling and one of the best thrillers I've read in a long time. (COSY BOOKS 2012-03-06)

A tense and terrifying debut novel with some wonderful characters and a brilliant location. Highly recommended. (THE BOOK BAG 2012-03-16)

Think Heathers meets The Craft for this exciting debut. (ATTITUDE MAGAZINE 2012-04-01)

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A gripping YA thriller set in Hollow Pike - a small town with a big history of witchcraft!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Did it live up to the hype? Yes it did. 2 Feb 2013
Lis London has moved to the historic, and rather eerie village of Hollow Pike. She's determined to make a new start, and that means leading a normal school life and actually making friends. As Lis comes to terms with Fulton High's social pecking order, things seem to go well, she's even get's in with the popular crowd.

But this happiness isn't set to last. Lis is plagued with night terrors and horrific visions of death naturally preventing her from sleep but combining with managing to invoke the wrath of Queen Bee, Laura, leads to life in Hollow Pike taking a downward spiral. Lis' only solace comes from the school's so called Freaks `n' Geeks. Yet, Lis and her friends can only take so much; they come up with a plan which will see Laura get a taste of her own medicine. But sometimes pranks can go too far...they can even be fatal.

On the surface Hollow Pike is a High School `whodunnit' with a healthy dose of the supernatural. This certainly isn't a new concept; Pretty Little Liars, Mean Girls and The Craft all come to mind with this book. The novel could be in danger of being the fawning British sibling - trying too hard to be American cool. However, Dawson soon finds his stride, writing a novel with it's own identity and a story which succeeds in thoroughly creeping out the reader and sucking them into an unnerving mystery.

I think the story's ultimate strength comes from Dawson's ability to intuitively recapture the anxieties of being a teenager. We're not talking bad skin, or knickers tucked into pants. He drags up the harsh realities of having all those hormones packed into one small space. Bullying - and perhaps crucially the more sinister and psychological effects of girl cruelty, is not shied from here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great debut novel 5 Nov 2012
By Jan
This is a really exciting debut novel - a spooky story, with a murder mystery and teenage romance thrown in, so there is something for everyone!

At the beginning of this story Lis arrives in Hollow Pike in Yorkshire to live with her older sister. She needs a new start. She has been bullied at her school in Wales and she feels that a change of scenery, a new school and some new friends will improve her life considerably. Hollow Pike has ancient connections with witchcraft and everyone has a tale to tell about the witches that were murdered in the woods long ago. Lis has a series of nightmares where she dreams she is in the wood, being chased by someone who wants to kill her - so much for escaping her demons by moving to Yorkshire! Then a girl from her class is found murdered in the wood and Lis fears she will be next. Talking to Danny helps so much, but maybe Danny knows more about these macabre events than he is telling her.

I had no idea how this book was going to end - it took me by surprise - and that is a very good thing! James Dawson has created an interesting group of teenage characters. As in most schools the pupils in year 11 at Fulton High School come from a mixture of home situations, from Kitty's mansion to Delilah's home on an edgy estate, there is an `in-crowd' and a group of outsiders, there are the bullies and the bullied and there are the geeks. This is a story that will grab readers who like a mystery that is anchored in a situation they will recognise.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hmm... Not what I was expecting 30 Sep 2012
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Reading the synopsis of this book, I thought that it was a YA book about witches. In the book, Hollow Pike is meant to have a long history of witchcraft. However, this is quite misleading, as witches and witchcraft do not feature a great deal within the story. Apart from there being a history of witchcraft, that's about it.

At the beginning, I thought that HOLLOW PIKE showed some promise. Lis is quite a likeable character and her experiences at the beginning start to create tension and a sense that somehthing is going to happen. However, after about a third of the way through, I began thinking "Ok, so when does the witchcraft part come into play?"

HOLLOW PIKE isn't a bad book, it just wasn't what I was expecting. And, as someone who reads a lot of YA fiction, there are better stories out there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hollow Pike 17 Sep 2012
By Fiona Millar VINE VOICE
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The first thing that draws you to this book is the striking cover, which suggests dark witchy goings-on, and in some respects, James Dawson doesn't disappoint. It certainly is a dark story, and the descriptions of Hollow Pike and its history of witchcraft and persecution set the scene well. The themes of bullying and persecution in the present day also fit well into this atmosphere, but like some other reviewers, I was surprised that the emphasis was less on witchcraft and the supernatural, and more on a murder mystery and teenage love.
I thought the characters were well written and interesting, and the story really had me hooked. I did feel it all got slightly Scooby Doo at times in a "Let's solve the mystery ourselves, gang!" kind of way, but overall that didn't stop me enjoying it. Considering the writer is male, he does a great job of portraying the female protagonist's mindset and feelings. I felt it was overall a good story, well told by a talented author. I look forward to reading more of his work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect debut novel
I read this book after a recomendation and following having a nose at the authors website. I loved the point horror books when I was younger and james Dawson seemed to be a big fan... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michelle Toy
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I’d heard great things about James Dawson’s 2012 debut, and it didn’t disappoint. Hollow Pike took me right back to my teen slasher-movie-watching days. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Karen Oliver
4.0 out of 5 stars Not read yet, but the lendee says it's good!
Lent it to a friend and she says it's good. It's about time I had it back so I can read it!
Published 8 months ago by Nozzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
So hard to put down, so many twists, is as good as cruel summer! Great author...love the books, my first thriller
Published 10 months ago by ande mcclintock
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic
The Young Adult debut of novelist James Dawson, Hollow Pike is several things. It is a school story, a village story, a witchcraft story, a murder story and a growing up story,... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An addictive storyline
I was lucky enough to win this book from a giveaway on Daisy Chain Book Reviews, I liked the sound of it and was looking forward to starting. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Me, My Books and I
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it at night for the full effect.
One of the biggest compliments I can ever give a book is: "I didn't see it coming." Was Hollow Pike completely unpredictable? Read more
Published 16 months ago by lunaslittlelibrary
5.0 out of 5 stars Daughter says it is great
Haven't read it but daughter (15) says it was great. She'd been after it for a while and found it on Amazon.
Sorry can't properly review it as I have not read it.
Published 16 months ago by C. Jack
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure for anyone of any age.
This book is wildly entertaining for readers of any age with loveable characters. James Dawson is a talent to watch.
Published 17 months ago by A. ODowd
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like it
I don't like leaving "bad" reviews but sometimes you just have to bite the bullet. I really didn't like this book. I found it boring and I struggled to finish it. Read more
Published 21 months ago by S. Thomas
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