Hello Gemmies! I have an exciting book review to share with you today. Please note: I received an audiobook ARC of this book (via NetGalley) from its publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review.
The Hollow Ones is a new disturbing fantasy horror story by the dynamic duo Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. I was so excited to receive this one to review. I was expecting a sweeping epic horror with major creep factor, and this did not disappoint. The Hollow Ones is an entertaining read. Let's start with the story. The world building is solid and we get three distinct timelines and stories that eventually converge to tell one cohesive story. There are references to various religions and magical belief systems which can get a little confusing at times, but it adds a layer of depth to the story. This is also a well written character driven story with a diverse cast of characters that I found to be complex, dynamic, and relatable. The world building is vivid enough that you find yourself immersed in the story in each point in time. There are themes of greed, friendship, betrayal, racism, bravery, and sacrifice.
The Hollow Ones is narrated by one person, Brittany Pressley. Brittany has a smooth subtle voice. She does a great job keeping pace with the story, slower portions of the book feel appropriate, and action packed scenes feel intense. There are several main characters in this book and Brittany does a good job in differentiating her voice between each. You can always tell when it is another character "speaking". I am really torn on this one. It feels like this is a solid 3.5 read, but am unsure if i should round up or down. It was entertaining and creepy but something was missing for me, perhaps more information on the hollow ones themselves. Ultimately I decided to round up for the creativity of the hollow one creatures. If you are a fan of chaos and mayhem, creepy elemental beings, conspiracies, and horror then go read this book! This gem published by Grand Central Publishing is set to release on August 4, 2020 and is available for pre-order from all major booksellers. I give The Hollow Ones 4 out of 5 gems. I cannot wait for this story to be out in the world for all to read and enjoy. Happy Reading!