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The Mystery of Hollow Places is a gorgeously written, stunningly original novel of love, loss, and identity, from debut author Rebecca Podos.

All Imogene Scott knows of her mother is the bedtime story her father told her as a child. It’s the story of how her parents met: he, a forensic pathologist; she, a mysterious woman who came to identify a body. A woman who left Imogene and her father when she was a baby, a woman who was always possessed of a powerful loneliness, a woman who many referred to as “troubled waters.”

Now Imogene is seventeen, and her father, a famous author of medical mysteries, has struck out in the middle of the night and hasn’t come back. Neither Imogene’s stepmother nor the police know where he could’ve gone, but Imogene is convinced he’s looking for her mother. And she decides it’s up to her to put to use the skills she’s gleaned from a lifetime of reading her father’s books to track down a woman she’s only known in stories in order to find him and, perhaps, the answer to the question she’s carried with her for her entire life.

Rebecca Podos’s debut is a powerful, affecting story of the pieces of ourselves that remain mysteries even to us, and the desperate search through empty spaces for something to hold on to.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “More than just a mystery, Hollow Places explores what it is to have and to miss a mother, in a wry, self-aware voice I couldn’t resist.”

    Barnes & Noble, Teen Blog

  • “Sharp plotting, unexpected twists, dynamic characters, and a sensitive treatment of mental illness make Podos a writer to watch.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “This heartfelt and page-turning debut introduces readers to a whip-smart and wise heroine.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “An engrossing mix of detective story and family story, as Imogene compulsively follows the trail but also begins to realize the fantasy that has driven her family narrative.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

  • “An eerie debut novel that is a solid homage to mysteries and Gothic novels alike…[Along with] the mystery of finding her dad, Imogene’s story is just as much about acceptance and the strength found in friendships and choosing who we call family.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Narrator Emma Galvin holds listeners’ attention with the story of a missing person woven with magical realism.”


  • “Wholly original with a brilliant voice and gripping plot.  is book utterly captivated me.”

    Jasmine Warga, author of My Heart and Other Black Holes

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