"A striking and memorable folk-horror novel in which a local police officer battles to save her village during a winter white-out."
Sitting on the razor-sharp edge of folklore and horror while straddling crime and suspense fiction, The Hollows successfully creates a read-through-your-fingers compellingly dark tale. As a storm begins to cut off a Peak District village a dead man is found in strange circumstances. While the blizzard rages the body count grows and villagers begin to fear for all of their lives. Author Daniel Church sets the tension thrumming from the get-go, and while the village setting, local police officer and problem family feel so very commonplace, a whisper of otherworldly enters to heighten unease. It has the feel of a locked-room mystery with an entire remote community sealed off from the rest of the world, and yet, this has an action-packed and vividly intense plot. The characters are stamped on the page, whether long-term or momentary, and it is easy to like PC Ellie Cheetham as she battles to save the village. The descriptions of the rural location created a surge of awareness and set me down within the arms of the drystone walls. No matter what the time of year you read this, winter will surround and plunge you into its midst. This all feels possible, real even, which creates an even darker tone, and the ending left a shiver of goosebumps scattering down my arms. The Hollows is an entirely convincing and entertaining novel I can highly recommend if you enjoy a thrilling serving of folk-horror.
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