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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,427 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jessica Verday Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hollow Trilogy Release Date:
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Mourning your best friend is no time to fall in love with a stranger.

When Abbey’s best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead, and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen’s funeral, and who keeps reappearing in Abbey’s life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he’s the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again—but also special.

Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her 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 death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen’s betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her, one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Spectacular! The Hollow keeps you reading from beginning to end without coming up for air.”

    L. J. Smith, bestselling author of The Vampire Diaries

  • “Cassandra Campbell convincingly portrays Abbey’s confusion and depression as she clings to the hope that Kristen is not actually dead…Set in a town with a legendary haunted past, the story’s overall tone is suitably eerie, and it ends with a surprising twist. Paranormal romance fans will be clamoring for Book two.”

    AudioFile

  • “Verday’s paranormal romance has an intriguing premise…that will easily attract a teen female readership…With a cliffhanger ending and impending sequel this novel will find many fans.”

    Booklist

  • “This inventive tale from a first-time author cleverly interweaves elements of Washington Irving’s famous The Legend of Sleepy Hollow not only in the setting, but also in the characters…Readers, particularly fans of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight and other supernatural romances, will clamor for the second novel in this trilogy.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Verday weaves in Irving’s Legend throughout Abbey’s first-person story making it magical and suspenseful. Cassandra Campbell’s narration perfectly matches Verday’s expressions and storytelling to further draw listeners into this paranormal romance. Each character is fully voiced both by personality and emotionally, with Abbey’s deep and growing grief over the loss of her friend being appropriately the most clearly and poignantly expressed.”

    SoundCommentary.com

  •  “The Hollow…is a phenomenal read that will leave you itching to read the sequel!…Jessica Verday is my favorite breakout author of 2009!”

    Alex Malerba for twilightseriestheories.com

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christy | 2/19/2014

    " I would give this book 4.5 stars. It entertained me and kept me guessing until the end. I really enjoyed it. I can't wait for the second one to come out! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melissa Sue | 2/19/2014

    " Overall, it was a good story. I loved how it took place in the 'Legend of Sleepy Hollow' small town. The ending wasn't really surprising but it was my favorite part in the whole book. Not because it was close to being finished but because everything was becoming exciting. I hope in 'The Haunted', i'll find out what happened with Kristen & also if Abbey & Caspian ever speak again. It was definitely slow-paced but I think Verday did a good job :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Nicola | 2/19/2014

    " I was so unimpressed by this one. It was just so... empty. It was five hundred pages but really could have been condensed down to a short story. I could not identify with or bring myself to like Abbey. She seemed to think she was clever and witty but she just sounded foolish most of the time. The dialogue was forced and flat. A lot of the book consists of Abbey going to bed, taking a nap, complaining about getting out of bed or talking about how she'd like to go back to bed- seriously, she takes a nap every twenty pages or so. It was so dull! I really wasn't feeling the 'relationship' between Abbey and Caspian. He had no real personality and I couldn't figure out what either or them saw in each other. There was literally nothing happening (except Abbey sleeping, eating, going to school) until about the last thirty pages. Overall, it was really void of substance and I'm puzzled about how anyone could find this book compelling. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Johnna | 2/16/2014

    " This book was so disappointing. It was boring & the story was too slow moving. I just didn't feel the characters were strong either. "

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About the Author
Author Jessica Verday

Jessica Verday  wrote the first draft of her debut novel, 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 buildings, trains, and snow.