ARC Review: Dark Hollows by Steve Frech

Good Morning Everyone,

I hope you all had an awesome weekend and your Mondays weren’t too painful. I was away this weekend therefore was feeling a little tender on Sunday but I’m fully recovered now and ready to hit another week of reading.

Book πŸ“–

Dark Hollows by Steve Frech

Thank you to HQ Digital and the author for this advanced readers copy in return for an honest review.

Description πŸ”–

Jacob Reese lives an easy going, quiet life with his dog. He owns a coffee shop in the local small town and runs a business hosting guests in the quaint cottage on his property. All is shaken up when he has a guest in the cottage who eerily looks just like his ex-girlfriend Laura and given that Laura is dead, this is understandably unsettling. The scary thing is, Β he then starts seeing Laura everywhere. But she can’t be Laura. So who is messing with him and why?

General Thoughts πŸ€”

This was a nice quick read. At only 5 hours total, and after reading a bunch of quite lengthy books, I enjoyed jumping into a book that was snappy and straight to the point. There were times when I wasn’t quite sure where the story was going to go and was often asking myself “is Laura REALLY dead?!” and I liked that. I liked the unknowns.

Although the end of the story wasn’t a huge shock to me, it was all tied off nicely and it wasn’t an ending to the story that annoyed me or disappointed me.

Characters πŸ‘«πŸ‘­πŸ‘¬

There aren’t a huge amount of characters in the book but there really doesn’t need to be. The story is mostly focused on Jacob and I came to really like him and actually empathise with him quite a lot. His relationship with his dog is so sweet!

Writing Style ✍🏽

There is a tiny tiny thing about the writing style in this book that I absolutely loved. There is a little bit of jumping around in the timeline and every time it jumps from the past to the present or vice versa, there is a word that links the two. Small little thing, but I really really liked that.

Conclusion & Scoring πŸŽ–

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I expected it to be a little more horror and a little less thriller, but I was definitely not disappointed when I realised it wasn’t. Nice tension build throughout the story and just the right amount of suspense. I’d definitely recommend this if someone wants a short read on a wintery afternoon. I’ll be looking out for more Steve Frech to add to my TBR for sure.




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