The Hollow by Jessica Verday

The Hollow by Jessica Verday
Release Date: August 3, 2010
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Series: The Hollow
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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 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.

I've never read The Legend of the Hollow, but that was the first thing I thought about when I saw the title. I realized that Washington Irving's story was the inspiration and plays a part in the book. Every chapter beings with a quote from the short story.

The whole time the anticipation of what the outcome was going to be, what this books was really about was building and then I realized I only had two chapters left. There were so many questions that would have to stay unresolved. I expected to know more than I actually do since it's 500+ pages. The ending was great - not only for the twists, but for the surprising, yet realistic direction the author takes Abbey.

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