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The Hollow (book 1) [Paperback]

Jessica Verday
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1 Oct 2009
Growing up in the town of Sleepy Hollow, the mystery and intrigue over Washington Irving's classic legend are all part of daily life for sixteen-year-old Abbey. But when her best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Abbey's world is suddenly turned upside down. While everyone is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead, Abbey refuses to believe that she is really gone. And when Abbey meets the gorgeous, but mysterious, Caspian at Kristen's memorial she starts to feel like she has something to hold on to for the first time since Kristen's disappearance. But when Abbey finds a diary hidden in Kristen's bedroom, she begins to question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her disappearance or even her death? Hurt and angry at Kristen's betrayal, Abbey turns to Caspian for support...and uncovers a frightening truth about him that threatens both their emerging love and her sanity...

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1847384986
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847384980
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jessica Verday is the bestselling author of The Hollow Trilogy, first published in 2009 by Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. Book Two in the trilogy, THE HAUNTED, debuted at #10 on the New York Times Bestsellers List. Book Three, THE HIDDEN, will be available September 2011. She wrote the first draft of THE HOLLOW by hand, using thirteen spiral-bound notebooks and fifteen black pens. The first draft of THE HAUNTED took fifteen spiral-bound notebooks and twenty black pens. THE HIDDEN took too many notebooks and too many pens to count. Her novella, FLESH WHICH IS NOT FLESH is now available for Kindle. Find out more at

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"Jessica Verday has delivered a strong debut and a wonderful taster of great things to come." The Book Bag, 12 Oct 09 "Several notches above most YA supernatural romances, both for its imagination and the excellent writing." My Shelf, Dec 09 "Massive, massive recommendation from me as being one of the most unputdownable books I've read for a long long time..." The Bookbag, Dec 10

About the Author

Jessica Verday wrote the first draft of The Hollow by hand, using thirteen spiral-bound notebooks and fifteen black pens. She likes: things that smell nice, rainy nights, old books, cemeteries, Johnny Cash, zombie movies, L.J. Smith books, abandoned buldings, trains and snow. She is currently handwriing the sequel to The Hollow from her home in Goodlettsville, Tennessee.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and haunting 8 Feb 2011
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When Abbey's best friend Kristen disappears near the famed Sleepy Hollow Cemetary, everyone assumes that she has died...everyone apart from Abbey. While trying to deal with Kristen's disappearance, Abbey struggles to understand what happened to her friend. Her search for answers leads her on a path she never anticipated, and the mysterious Caspian who keeps appearing in her life helps her cope. But Caspian has secrets of his own and, as Abbey begins to fall in love with him, she also begins to doubt her sanity.

I first read this book last year, and loved it so much I decided to read it again and review it. First off this is a massive book, over 500 pages in fact making it almost double the length of most young adult fiction. If you don't like long books, don't bother. I loved the quotes from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow that appear at the start of each chapter, and each one really sets the scene for what happens next.

The plot is well developed, but has quite a slow pace. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as an entire world is gradually created and there is both a mystery and a love story at the same time. The author manages to avoid info-dumping the reader, so plot points are revealed clearly and easily. There are several twists scattered throughout the book, and I didn't see them coming the first time I read it. Each one made me more determined to find out what was going on in Sleepy Hollow, so I read the entire book in one sitting first time round.

The characters are really well developed and unique. I loved how Abbey creates perfumes in her spare time, and the author has managed to include some beautiful passages describing each scent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me! 14 April 2011
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I read this book a little while a go and only thought the book was okay. I did manage to read it all the way through even though I didn't really do anything for me. I felt I didn't really connect with the main characters and mostly I found the book quiet depressing.

The only thing that I did kind of like was the relationship between Abbie & Caspian - which I found to be quiet intriguing. However, the end of the story left my very frustrated and for that reason I am yet to pick up the next book in the series. I haven't planned on reading the sequel but I may decided to pick it up one day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many details 9 Jan 2011
By Lady B
Books should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. I felt instead of this book having that it was just the THE beginning... and it was a long one!
I got really into this book at the start as it held my attention with the whole mysterious missing friend and the strange boy in the cemetery. But as the book went on I started to get frustrated that nothing was really happening. The author kept writing and going into detail about insignificant things like when she was cleaning the office it went on for about a chapter! And getting up in the mornings she would go on and on about her getting dressed and having a shower and blah blah blah. I found myself often skipping a few paragraphs while I was reading just to skip these uninteresting and pointless long details.
I was intrigued though about the mysterious plot as it didn't really give anything away until the last few pages, that is what kept me reading.
I would recommend this book but only if you have patience!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A very Hollow story 2 April 2013
the story itself sounded very intriguing although not dealing with a subject that hasn't been written about before- death- so called ordinary teenagers- and dark, mysterious boys.
Because I accidentally read the seaqual fisrt before this after my mum got this for me for Christmas, I felt I had to read this one first to understand the whole story, although there wasn't much to it.

I was 300 pages into the 500 paged book before I realised- not a lot has happened, and the story seemed to have droaned on without a conclusion and a sudden ending.

I loathed the main character- Abbey- because of how self concious she felt around her parents and how demanding she was of Caspian, even weeks after her friends death, the author seemed to desperately try to make her mourn Kristen's death whilst having a relationship with someone she met who was living by the place where her friend Kirsten was killed- despite that, she still met him up regularly- there could have been an obvious twist on that part, but even then- nothing happened.
and I tried to believe in the chemistry around Caspian and Abbey, but it ended up being another Rachel and Ross from friends- boring and a drag on.

Although Jessica does give us a little background story of the settings history, weather it was a fictional place or not, she based it on 'The Legened Of Sleepy Hollow'- which the town based their name on- The Hollow although it was intriguing, and the very medeocre ending tried to make it sound interesting by making it not just a 'legened' I was not convinced and was desperate to finish the book and move on to something else.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab 31 Jan 2010
When my sister ordered this book I wasnt really sure on whether it would be all it was hyped up to be, however I was totally wrong. I thought that this would be another spin off twilight book, but was proven again wrong. The story started off quite sad, and shows how a young girl has to find herslef again after such a loss, this being where Caspian comes along and helps her further. I loved the way that you as a reader really connected with Abbey and felt the same fustrations as her as to why Caspian acts so different. It was a real page turner and made me want to find out why he was different and what he was hiding. I really think that Jessica Verday has set this up totally right for the next book, leaving many questions unaswered and carrying on with the gripping story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drop Dead Amazing
when Abby meets Caspian things go from weird to weirder Abby can feel a pull towards caspian but will he feel the same and what is going on in Sleepy Hollow
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I've never found a young adult book that has a story anything like The Hollow. It's amazingly well-written and very enjoyable. Fully recommend.
Published 11 months ago by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!
This series I was really looking forward to reading, the books carry you away! I couldn't put it down for days till I'd finished so I was very happy this arrived quickly and in... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Speachless
It was nothing like I've read before. It took me a while to get into it, but as soon as I did I couldn't put it down.
Published 18 months ago by Katie Hawkes
4.0 out of 5 stars It draws you in
At times, this can be a difficult book to read. Written in the first person, the reader is drawn deep into Abbey's emotions at loosing her best friend. Read more
Published 19 months ago by ELBS
3.0 out of 5 stars Painfully average
When reading the description for this book I thought it sounded a bit different, and although it looked a bit 'young' for me I downloaded it anyway. Read more
Published 22 months ago by G.K.Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow to start with...
I really liked this book.
It was a little slow to start with, too much detail and not a lot of action. But for some reason I didnt want to put the book down. Read more
Published on 8 April 2012 by Shannon
5.0 out of 5 stars An old legend brought to life...
I love this book...despite been sat on my bookshelf for over a year,i kept picking it up and putting it back i decided to dive right in and read it and i have no regrets. Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2012 by Again lost in a good book
3.0 out of 5 stars You need to stick with it.
I found this book ok. I wanted something to read and it was ok. It didn't leave me wanting to buy the next book. Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2012 by Theresacs
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a great bok - very slow
I bought this book based on all the good reviews it received here on and...that was a big mistake. This book is very very very S-L-O-W. Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2011 by Natalie
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