Hollow
A car accident shattered sixteen-year-old Morgan's family. Now her brother’s dead, her mom's paralyzed in more ways than one, her dad lives at work and her seven-year-old sister Amy tries too freaking hard to salvage everything. What’s more, high school is its own special kind of hell, where her ex-boyfriend delights in spreading rumors that shred her reputation and make her feel like a loser.When she finds an old camera in a creepy abandoned hospital, it seems like her luck is finally changing. And it is changing--from bad to worse. Because of course it is. Each time Morgan photographs one of her classmates they become corrupted versions of themselves. It's like the camera steals their goodness, their essence, and leaves them hollow.Then her sister uses the camera to take a selfie. No matter what the cost, Morgan will find a way to reverse the effects of the cursed camera and save Amy, before her already-fractured family completely self-destructs.

Hollow Details

TitleHollow
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 24th, 2020
PublisherTyche Books
Rating
GenreHorror, Young Adult

Hollow Review

  • Ari
    January 1, 1970
    Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Amazon | B&N It wasn't my fault. At the center of Hollow is Morgan, our lead and the character through the eyes of which we witness the story unfold. After the death of her little brother, Aric, in a car accident where she, her mother and younger sister were also participants, Morgan copes with not only the deep depression that stems out of this traumatizing experience and the strenuous relationship she now has with her mother. But she also has to deal with the Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Amazon | B&N It wasn't my fault. At the center of Hollow is Morgan, our lead and the character through the eyes of which we witness the story unfold. After the death of her little brother, Aric, in a car accident where she, her mother and younger sister were also participants, Morgan copes with not only the deep depression that stems out of this traumatizing experience and the strenuous relationship she now has with her mother. But she also has to deal with the assault that she went through at the hands of her ex-boyfriend not long after said accident.For those who may feel triggered by stories in which rape is a component, please tread with care before picking up this book.While Hollow is presented as a horror book, there is very little to define this story as such. Other than the creepy presence of an abandoned hospital near Morgan and Sevren's house (her best friend) and it history, little else happens in this book to portray it as such. The camera that she finds in this hospital, which begins to negatively affect those photographed, is a rather vague part of this story. We never find out where the camera comes from, why Morgan was meant to find it, or what its origin is. There is a “portal” through which Morgan enters that allows her to travel through the different limbo-like lands that hold the “good” parts of the individuals whose pictures she took, and while these moments are tense, they still don't shed a lot of light.The book is very short, which makes it a very quick read, but it also means that there is not a lot of room for in-depth development. Not only is the camera one of the things that I wanted to know more about, but I was expecting more suspense in-story as a result of the characters that are photographed with it and how twisted their personalities appeared to become. And I would have liked to know what becomes of them after the camera was destroyed.Morgan's depression, however, is well portrayed not only internally but in the way that she relates to those around her. Especially with her mom, the person that she seems to have the most rocky of relationships post-accident. Sevren's and her friendship is a nice boon—as usually is the case whenever we have a best friends' dynamic in a novel—and the magpie psychopomp was quite adorable.I would have loved for there to be more story, more details, more exploration into the hospital and a way to bring that out into the present day of the plot so that it could connect with everyone in it and expand it. It would have certainly added that creepy kick that the premise promised.
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  • Dee Arr
    January 1, 1970
    I thought that Hollow was going to be a horror story, one of those that pulls the main character down and down until the reader wonders if there is a way out. In reality, the story is about Morgan, a girl who is already struggling in her personal version of teenage hell. As Morgan is telling the story, her fears unfold on every page, magnifying to sizes that are impossible for anyone to deal with. Yes, there is horror involved, a supernatural essence that hangs in the background while dressing I thought that “Hollow” was going to be a horror story, one of those that pulls the main character down and down until the reader wonders if there is a way out. In reality, the story is about Morgan, a girl who is already struggling in her personal version of teenage hell. As Morgan is telling the story, her fears unfold on every page, magnifying to sizes that are impossible for anyone to deal with. Yes, there is horror involved, a supernatural essence that hangs in the background while dressing up the real story. I am not normally a reader of YA but there are strong elements in Rhonda Parrish’s story that may cause young readers to concentrate more on the light in their lives and less on the shadows. Four stars. My thanks to the author for a complimentary ARC of this title.
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  • Claire Y
    January 1, 1970
    Bizarre. It's like "Alice in Wonderland" meets "The Crow." I don't consider this book anywhere close to being a horror story. It was just a peculiar and painfully slow read. The excitement doesn't start until you are a little past the 33% mark; and it's not much.I didn't get how the camera fit into the story, let alone the magpie. I mean, how did the camera get possessed or imbued with evil? What did the magpie signify?There were some humorous moments and that broke up the monotony. Overall, a Bizarre. It's like "Alice in Wonderland" meets "The Crow." I don't consider this book anywhere close to being a horror story. It was just a peculiar and painfully slow read. The excitement doesn't start until you are a little past the 33% mark; and it's not much.I didn't get how the camera fit into the story, let alone the magpie. I mean, how did the camera get possessed or imbued with evil? What did the magpie signify?There were some humorous moments and that broke up the monotony. Overall, a somewhat decent bookRating it two stars (it was okay.) Thank you to NetGalley for having this book available to read.
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  • Xavier Hugonet
    January 1, 1970
    I picked this book, in the horror category, based on its cover and the description. I failed to notice it was a YA novel. I also failed to notice it while I was reading it. Its something I only noticed when I started writing this review. Hollow being a YA novel explains why its devoid of violence or, at least, of gore. It explains why it is psychological horror which, as we all know, is the best kind of horror there is. Morgan is a teenager attending high school. She doesnt have it easy. Her I picked this book, in the horror category, based on its cover and the description. I failed to notice it was a YA novel. I also failed to notice it while I was reading it. It’s something I only noticed when I started writing this review. Hollow being a YA novel explains why it’s devoid of violence or, at least, of gore. It explains why it is psychological horror which, as we all know, is the best kind of horror there is. Morgan is a teenager attending high school. She doesn’t have it easy. Her family is in tatters, following a car accident that cost them her brother’s life and her mother’s legs. Life at school isn’t better, as her ex-boyfriend and his clique makes it their mission to bully her, and spread nasty rumors about her. For a teenager, high school life can already be psychological horror. The book is written in the first person, in a very believable manner. Thoughts and feelings are racing through Morgan’s mind as they’re bound to do in a teenager. This makes for a fast paced reading and I was so invested that, having read a quarter of the book, I had already forgotten it was supposed to be an horror novel. That is, until Morgan enters a Silent Hill-esque abandoned and presumably haunted hospital, all the way to its former psych ward, in which she founds an antique camera (antique for a YA, not for me - a Polaroïd from the 80s). This camera has the power to suck all good out from people. She unknowingly uses it on some classmates, and her sister takes a selfie with it, thus making an already hard situation effectively turn into a nightmare. Hollow should, unfortunately, resonate with a lot of young (and less young) adults. high school isn’t always an easy place, and Morgan has to process a lot of angst and guilt. The « cursed » camera serves as a device bringing her face to face with herself, and we’re left to witness if she will overcome her problems ,or drown in them. This book is more character study than horror, as it should, and a well crafted one too. Would be a shame to restrict its reading to the YA crowd, so indulge yourself however old you are. Thanks to Tyche Books Ltd and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for this unbiased review.
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  • Rhonda
    January 1, 1970
    HOLLOW is a haunting, urgent, wonderful book. Be prepared to ugly cry and compulsively turn the pages to get to the end. Its just that good a read. -- Carrie Jones, New York Times and International Bestselling authorA wrenching story of all different kinds of horror. It grabs you by the heart and squeezes until its fingernails turn white. -- Patrick Weekes, author of Feeder “HOLLOW is a haunting, urgent, wonderful book. Be prepared to ugly cry and compulsively turn the pages to get to the end. It’s just that good a read.” -- Carrie Jones, New York Times and International Bestselling author“A wrenching story of all different kinds of horror. It grabs you by the heart and squeezes until its fingernails turn white.” -- Patrick Weekes, author of Feeder
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  • Mark Carnelley
    January 1, 1970
    I love a good horror read thats builds suspense as the story evolves. This is one of those stories. Plus more. Brilliantly written, this story increases the tension and the horror chapter by chapter, never allowing the reader one iota of the finale. And what a finale! Five ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ stars for a chilling read. I love a good horror read that’s builds suspense as the story evolves. This is one of those stories. Plus more. Brilliantly written, this story increases the tension and the horror chapter by chapter, never allowing the reader one iota of the finale. And what a finale! Five ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars for a chilling read.
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  • Nadhira Satria
    January 1, 1970
    THIS SOUNDS SO INTERESTING
  • Sherry Fundin
    January 1, 1970
    I love books that involve photography in some way, so when I read the blurb, I had to check out Hollow by Rhonda Parrish.The accident changed her world.Her only solace was runningand Sevren.An abandoned hospital. An evil doctor. A camera. A magpie.Life is full of ups and downs, good times and bad times, good people and some not so good, but we all have a story to tell.Its hard to talk about Hollow without giving too much away, but Morgan faces her fears and tragic events.I enjoyed Hollow by I love books that involve photography in some way, so when I read the blurb, I had to check out Hollow by Rhonda Parrish.The accident changed her world.Her only solace was running…and Sevren.An abandoned hospital. An evil doctor. A camera. A magpie.Life is full of ups and downs, good times and bad times, good people and some not so good, but we all have a story to tell.It’s hard to talk about Hollow without giving too much away, but Morgan faces her fears and tragic events.I enjoyed Hollow by Rhonda Parish and it kept me curious. This is an easy reading story that I finished in one sitting.I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of Hollow by Rhonda Parish.See more at fundinmental
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  • Mickey
    January 1, 1970
    I am not really one to enjoy YA novels, but I will admit, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. If you've watched the movie Polaroid and enjoyed it, you'll love this book. It is along similar lines just without the deaths and the gore. It was very well written and honestly I was sucked in straight away. I felt quite disappointed when it ended and did want to read more. Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to review this fabulous book.
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  • Kasha In Bookland
    January 1, 1970
    The perfect creepy mystery to read in one rainy day under your bed covers.After an accident in which Morgan lost her brother, she has been trying to move on but things will never be back to normal. One day she finds herself inside an abandoned hospital where she finds a mysterious camera. There are many creepy and disturbing stories told about this hospital and what really happened there before it was shut down.Morgan takes the camera home and it is not until she starts taking pictures of people The perfect creepy mystery to read in one rainy day under your bed covers.After an accident in which Morgan lost her brother, she has been trying to move on but things will never be back to normal. One day she finds herself inside an abandoned hospital where she finds a mysterious camera. There are many creepy and disturbing stories told about this hospital and what really happened there before it was shut down.Morgan takes the camera home and it is not until she starts taking pictures of people that she realizes, the camera will not only take your photo, but also your soul.
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  • Iseult Murphy
    January 1, 1970
    This is the story of Morgan, who had two life altering incidents occur around the same time, and isnt coping very well. Unfortunately, none of her family are coping either, and the pain has hollowed Morgan out from the inside. Wow, the depth and sensitivity with which Parrish writes these characters is incredible. It is so true that it made my bones ache. There is a lot crammed into this novel - death, depression, disability, guilt, abuse. Somehow Parrish manages to write it all, touching your This is the story of Morgan, who had two life altering incidents occur around the same time, and isn’t coping very well. Unfortunately, none of her family are coping either, and the pain has hollowed Morgan out from the inside. Wow, the depth and sensitivity with which Parrish writes these characters is incredible. It is so true that it made my bones ache. There is a lot crammed into this novel - death, depression, disability, guilt, abuse. Somehow Parrish manages to write it all, touching your heart, without dragging you down into despair. There is also a paranormal element to the story, and I liked how the author used a haunted hospital and I especially liked the magpie, but this element, enjoyable as it was, felt too much like a device to help Morgan with her problems to be truly satisfactory as a paranormal plot line of its own. It does allow for a totally heart wrenching scene near the end of the book, however. The ending felt somewhat rushed and I would have loved to have read another couple of hundred pages about what happens to Morgan in the hospital. Despite this, a great book that will keep you reading it in one sitting. Highly recommended. I received a free copy from Booksprout in return for an honest review.
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  • Farshana S A
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to Net Galley and Tyche Books for a chance to review this book. Hollow is YA horror fiction that hits all the right notes. Personally, I have not held much stock in the classification of YA and this book kind of reinstates it. Well, for someone who can still read and watch Harry Potter any number of times, YA classification is a moot point for me. Even so, Hollow by Rhonda Parrish is clearly a book that can be read by all fans of horror fiction.Morgan has lost her brother Aric in an Many thanks to Net Galley and Tyche Books for a chance to review this book. Hollow is YA horror fiction that hits all the right notes. Personally, I have not held much stock in the classification of YA and this book kind of reinstates it. Well, for someone who can still read and watch Harry Potter any number of times, YA classification is a moot point for me. Even so, Hollow by Rhonda Parrish is clearly a book that can be read by all fans of horror fiction.Morgan has lost her brother Aric in an accident. At 16 years, of course high school is a nightmare, her ex-boyfriend, Keith, making her life more miserable, her 7-yr old sister Amy requiring constant support and parenting as her mom is bound to a wheel chair and suffering from depression. When the whole world seems dark and gloomy, the only sunshine in her life is her best friend Sevren who has been with her thru thick and thin. Morgan’s passion for running and her penchant for photography always takes her around an abandoned hospital which is the local haunted and ‘dare you’ spot for the children. Rumors abound the place about Dr.Woods, haunting the hospital after having died in a most horrific and gruesome way. Morgan has always steered clear of the place but during a routine run, trying to avoid confrontation with Keith, she trespasses into the hospital and finds an old antique camera. A very peculiar off-color magpie seems to be following/protecting her but Morgan is not too sure of the bird’s warnings. Before long Morgan realizes that the camera has adverse effects and that the horror in her life has just begun. When Amy leaves a selfie for Morgan to find, she knows, come what may, the cause of the ugliness brought about by the camera has to found and with the help of Sevren sets about for the task.The story works well as psychological horror as Morgan is left to face her worst nightmares and every obstacle in her path a quest to save her friends and her sister. Rhonda Parrish has written a well-defined horror fiction and being YA, the gore and violence is conveniently absent. It is more of mind involved horror that keeps the reader hooked and turning the pages quickly. But what I absolutely loved about the story is the deep friendship between Morgan and Sevren, that gives a generous feeling of warmth.Recommended for all fans of horror fiction.
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  • K. Lincoln
    January 1, 1970
    Here's the thing about stuff I've read by Parrish....I love the characters, the writing flows smoothly, there's a spine-tingling pleasant creepiness, and I get invested...and then the story ends. Her stuff always feels too short for me because i want to linger in the story world she's created.And that's pretty much the case here, too. High Schooler Morgan had a bad encounter with her ex boyfriend, was involved in a car accident that took the life of her little brother, and now is trying to Here's the thing about stuff I've read by Parrish....I love the characters, the writing flows smoothly, there's a spine-tingling pleasant creepiness, and I get invested...and then the story ends. Her stuff always feels too short for me because i want to linger in the story world she's created.And that's pretty much the case here, too. High Schooler Morgan had a bad encounter with her ex boyfriend, was involved in a car accident that took the life of her little brother, and now is trying to survive high school despite troubles at home and rumors at school.Her best friend Sevren and his dog are Morgan's main emotional prompts. So when one day Morgan ducks into the nearby abandoned hospital to avoid the ex boyfriend and encounters a magpie and a mysterious camera, Sevren can barely forgive her for exploring the hospital without him.And now strange things are happening whenever she uses the camera. Can Morgan face her fears and her own guilt and save those she loves?Morgan and Sevren's relationship is the bomb, the hospital descriptions super creepy, and the magpie the best character ever (although it does do a tail flip a little often).Whilst starting as an angsty teen contemporary, the story flows into a more horror-esque finale that satisfyingly connects Morgan's inner emotional landscape with her relationship conflicts. Just wish we had more time with creepy hospital and more time with Morgan wrestling with her guilt stuff before its resolved :) Parts of this realistically depict Morgan's conflicted teen sexual relationship with her ex, so be warned.
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  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    I was given this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This will be spoiler free.Hollow tells the story of 16 year old Morgan who is working through the aftermath of a horrific tragedy that has left her family in ruins. She is dealing with some of her own personal trauma which is making her school life just as dreadful as her home life. She has shouldered a lot of responsibility especially for her younger sister Amy. And she shoulders an enormous amount of guilt over everything that has I was given this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This will be spoiler free.Hollow tells the story of 16 year old Morgan who is working through the aftermath of a horrific tragedy that has left her family in ruins. She is dealing with some of her own personal trauma which is making her school life just as dreadful as her home life. She has shouldered a lot of responsibility especially for her younger sister Amy. And she shoulders an enormous amount of guilt over everything that has happened. Her best friend Sevren offers what is perhaps the only normalcy she has. I was impressed with character development. Other than the obvious antagonists, I truly cared for the characters in the book and desperately wanted them to find their way to happiness. I could picture it all so clearly in my head. I thought the story line of Morgan and Keith was handled well; it wasn't gratuitous at all and I didn't feel like it was done for shock value as it often is in other books. Later in the book there is what I think might be one of the best descriptions I have ever read of an accident. As a mother it was crushing to read and sent shivers down my spine - I mean that as a compliment though, the ability to stir my emotions that way.One of my favorite characters was Ghost. I won't go into too much detail as I am trying to avoid spoilers but I thought it was a wonderful addition to the book. Creepy and confronting, this is a definite page turner!
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  • Tamara
    January 1, 1970
    I got an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. 3.75 stars*trigger warning for sexual assaultThis book is about Morgan who has a hard time at home since the incident that killed her brother. She now has most of the responsibility for her little sister since her mom is sleeping or grieving in her room most of the time and her dad tries to be at his work all the time by taking extra shifts whenever he can. School isn't much better because she gets bullied by her ex boyfriend and his I got an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. 3.75 stars*trigger warning for sexual assaultThis book is about Morgan who has a hard time at home since the incident that killed her brother. She now has most of the responsibility for her little sister since her mom is sleeping or grieving in her room most of the time and her dad tries to be at his work all the time by taking extra shifts whenever he can. School isn't much better because she gets bullied by her ex boyfriend and his friends. The only thing that is good is her friendship with Sevren.When trying to avoid her ex boyfriend she seeks shelter in an abandoned hospital were she finds a camera that changes everything.It's a quick and easy read, the chapters are short so you just fly through them wanting to know more about the camera and what will happen. I don't know if I'd consider it horror but it still had some scary elements. There are some scenes containing bullying, sexual assault and dealing with grief. I did enjoy reading this since I finished it in one day and I would definitely recommend this if you're looking for a quick thrilling read.
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  • Ixxati
    January 1, 1970
    This is something new. The plot are pretty interesting but it just fall flat. If the author explain more then I think it's going to be a good story. I wanted to know how did the camera take people's goodness and left the bad one. The ending doesn't help at all lol it ends without even answering what I wanted to know phewww Thank you Netgalley, author and publisher for Hollow ARC! 🌟🌟🌟
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  • Martina 🌻
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC from Netgalley for my honest review.I think when we leave this world we leave something behindHollow is YA horror novel. If you love the horror genre do not come here and expect much. The book had its moments but it was not scary at all in my opinion. Hollow is a very well written book and it sucked me in right from the start. The story follows high schooler Morgan who is dealing with the aftermath of a car accident that killed her little brother and left her mother I received this ARC from Netgalley for my honest review.“I think when we leave this world we leave something behind”Hollow is YA horror novel. If you love the horror genre do not come here and expect much. The book had its moments but it was not scary at all in my opinion. Hollow is a very well written book and it sucked me in right from the start. The story follows high schooler Morgan who is dealing with the aftermath of a car accident that killed her little brother and left her mother paralyzed. Morgan finds an old camera at an abandoned hospital and she believes it steals people’s goodness once their photo is taken.I liked this book but it wasn’t amazing like it could have been. It was very short and I wish the author had given more details about the camera. Overall it was an okay book.
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  • The Mustache Louie Matos
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to NetGalley and Tyche Books for a chance to review this book. This is my first from NetGalley and I look forward to many more. Hollow is a YA horror novel which prevails on several fronts. The novel is a well-told tale that provokes reading. Despite its very lyrical quality, it moves at a fast pace with a vocabulary that is organic and poetic. Its as if the reader is being drawn in by a skilled bard that whispers at a campfire.The narrative is told from the first-person point of Many thanks to NetGalley and Tyche Books for a chance to review this book. This is my first from NetGalley and I look forward to many more. Hollow is a YA horror novel which prevails on several fronts. The novel is a well-told tale that provokes reading. Despite its very lyrical quality, it moves at a fast pace with a vocabulary that is organic and poetic. It’s as if the reader is being drawn in by a skilled bard that whispers at a campfire.The narrative is told from the first-person point of view by Morgan, who is a high school student trying to cope with the accidental death of her baby brother named Aric. High school has become an ever more constant trial, where a former boyfriend is spreading rumors about her, a potential new beau suddenly turns on her, and a best friend has resorted to shaming her with the use of the term “slut.” Even her younger sister has turned her back on her, and it seems as if her harsh reality has become harsher. The one bright spot is her best friend Sevren, but they have become distant because she can’t tell him everything. There are some things that have to be held inside. There are some things too shameful to share, things that leave you hollow inside, and you just KNOW that nothing can fill it. This is a very fine psychological, paranormal horror story.
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  • Megan Fennell
    January 1, 1970
    Terrific immersive imagery, a believably teenage-voiced narrator, and a powerful cathartic plot that didn't go even slightly where I thought that it would. (I had a couple of cocky 'oh, I totally see where this is going' moments in the first fourth and was completely wrong on all counts, to my delight!) I was cruising along happily with this easy read and then got my socks rocked by the final few chapters that came out of nowhere with some intense, emotional sucker-punches. I really enjoyed the Terrific immersive imagery, a believably teenage-voiced narrator, and a powerful cathartic plot that didn't go even slightly where I thought that it would. (I had a couple of cocky 'oh, I totally see where this is going' moments in the first fourth and was completely wrong on all counts, to my delight!) I was cruising along happily with this easy read and then got my socks rocked by the final few chapters that came out of nowhere with some intense, emotional sucker-punches. I really enjoyed the way the author had the magic slowly bleed into the hard realism of the story over time. This was a terrific, surprising novel that I truly enjoyed reading.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Tânia
    January 1, 1970
    A camera that steals one's goodness, one's essence, and leaves them hollow? A camera that makes one a corrupted version of their former self? I'm in! Blog // Instagram // Twitter // Redbubble
  • Nicole Luiken
    January 1, 1970
    I received an eARC from the author.I cared deeply about Morgan from chapter one on. The haunted hospital made for a moody, atmospheric setting. The first half of the story had a slower build to one of the plot elements promised on the blurb than I expected, but I really liked the climax.Also, the cover is awesome!
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  • Maca
    January 1, 1970
    I expected so much more, it had a potential. But it was lacking a development of characters, the whole story. I am not even going to talk about the ending.2,25⭐2019It almost sounds like the horror movie Polaroid I saw, so I am here for this 🙌 I expected so much more, it had a potential. But it was lacking a development of characters, the whole story. I am not even going to talk about the ending.2,25⭐️—————2019It almost sounds like the horror movie Polaroid I saw, so I am here for this 🙌
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely fantastic horror story with lots of suspense to make this a story that you dont want to miss out on once its released. Cant wait for the next one. Absolutely fantastic horror story with lots of suspense to make this a story that you don’t want to miss out on once it’s released. Can’t wait for the next one.
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  • Topsues
    January 1, 1970
    What happens when any goodness, compassion, love or care disappears from your life? Rhonda Parrish has created a storyline of what her characters are left with when half of themselves have no choice and it is sucked from their very soul. A haunted hospital, A haunted Camera and a life Morgan has suffered every since the loss of her brother, plus a traumatic event that tortures her day and night . There is little love left in her home, apart from her little sister who she would protect with her What happens when any goodness, compassion, love or care disappears from your life? Rhonda Parrish has created a storyline of what her characters are left with when half of themselves have no choice and it is sucked from their very soul. A haunted hospital, A haunted Camera and a life Morgan has suffered every since the loss of her brother, plus a traumatic event that torture’s her day and night . There is little love left in her home, apart from her little sister who she would protect with her life. The last straw is when the Camera also steals her good half from her soul stealing anything good. Every slight bit of happiness is gone, because she went into a Haunted Hospital. Rhonda Parrish gives us a atramentous storyline where you can feel the heavy silence hang all around you as you become so completely engrossed you are transported there with Morgan as she traipses the dreary dripping halls of the hospital following the pressing actions that encourage her to find that camera. (Personally I would have turned tail and ran like hell). However this is like a scary film you can’t turn away from, yes your scared or apprehensive but you need to know what’s around the next corner, whom will be effected next. However there is a point to this darkness for where there is dark let there be light. The lesson has a point to it and guided by a soul who needs you to see what it would be if life was in complete darkness. It shows a sad young woman who has felt nothing but sadness so long she has lost any hope, in herself her family and her friends, the only question is if she will run out of time to see the reasoning behind people’s true nature. To learn the many lessons of life. Does the title refer to How Morgan feels? “Hollow”? Or is it portraying those with half of their souls missing as “Hollow “? This is an exceptional piece of writing with creativity pouring out of every word, expect your thoughts and emotions to put through the wringer, to be laid bare. Rhonda Parrish I applaud you.
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  • Sherlock Hughes
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book! I picked it up because the premise sounded like a horror movie that I would buy and I knew if I would buy the movie then I would definitely enjoy the book.I don't want to give too much away but basically Morgan lost her brother in a car accident that her mother, sister and herself were also in. Now home is horrible due to the fall out of the accident and she's just try to hang on. When she finds an old camera in a creepy abandoned hospital she doesn't expect that the camera I enjoyed this book! I picked it up because the premise sounded like a horror movie that I would buy and I knew if I would buy the movie then I would definitely enjoy the book.I don't want to give too much away but basically Morgan lost her brother in a car accident that her mother, sister and herself were also in. Now home is horrible due to the fall out of the accident and she's just try to hang on. When she finds an old camera in a creepy abandoned hospital she doesn't expect that the camera will steal the goodness out of everyone it take a picture of. In true horror fashion, her sister ends up taking a selfie with it and now Morgan has to find a way to undo the camera's effects before its too late.When I say it reminds me of a horror story I mean it! I was totally yelling not to go into the hospital and definitely not to touch the camera!! The story builds at a good pace and is enjoyable. The characters were interesting and even though there were super serious parts, there was also a some very humorous spots too!! I honestly wasn't ready for it to be over but I can see myself doing future rereads! I definitely recommend the book!I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Teen dealing with way too muchMorgan's house is devoid of happiness since her little.brother was killed and her mother paralyzed in a car accident. Her Dad works all the time now, her Mom hardly ever comes out of their room, and Morgan is basically raising her younger sister and herself.At the same time she's having to deal with high school bullies that are making her life miserable. The only thing she's still getting enjoyment from is photography and her best friend, Sevren.Toss in an abandoned Teen dealing with way too muchMorgan's house is devoid of happiness since her little.brother was killed and her mother paralyzed in a car accident. Her Dad works all the time now, her Mom hardly ever comes out of their room, and Morgan is basically raising her younger sister and herself.At the same time she's having to deal with high school bullies that are making her life miserable. The only thing she's still getting enjoyment from is photography and her best friend, Sevren.Toss in an abandoned hospital that is supposedly haunted.Ted across the street, a camera she finds there, and a strangely colored magpie.This book did have its spooky moments but it is mostly a book about loss and the ways people deal with it plus a look at a sad teen life.CAUTION (might be spoilers):This book is advertised as a Young Adult book but be aware of language, adult situations, and a rape scene.I would have rated this 3 1/2 stars if I could have.I received this book from Tyche Books through Net Galley in the hopes that I would read it and leave an unbiased review.
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  • Jen Rattie
    January 1, 1970
    Imagine being in high school which is already a surreal nightmarish experience on its own but then losing your support system tragically in the form of death, injury or neglect. Morgan struggles through a traumatic HS relationship fallout, depression, her family being fractured and finally, thinks her life is looking up when the source of her small bit of happiness turns out to be dangerous beyond belief. I agree with Morgan - running helps. It's how I got through HS. I normally don't read a lot Imagine being in high school which is already a surreal nightmarish experience on its own but then losing your support system tragically in the form of death, injury or neglect. Morgan struggles through a traumatic HS relationship fallout, depression, her family being fractured and finally, thinks her life is looking up when the source of her small bit of happiness turns out to be dangerous beyond belief. I agree with Morgan - running helps. It's how I got through HS. I normally don't read a lot of YA but the blurb of Hollow intrigued me and I am glad I grabbed it to read. It's a fantastic horror/thriller story, I love the author's style of writing and the characters are very well developed. It gave off an Outer Limits/Twilight Zone feeling that I loved. It was a great read.I received a free copy of the book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book but fell in deep and wanted more. This book feels very much in the beginning like your run of the mill young adult teen angst but slowly morphs in a horror tale that delves into the interior of the teen mind and conflicting internal battles of good and evil which is swayed by family and circumstances. I instantly fell in love with the pace and the tone of the narration. You feel connected with the main protagonist, who is introduced I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book but fell in deep and wanted more. This book feels very much in the beginning like your run of the mill young adult teen angst but slowly morphs in a horror tale that delves into the interior of the teen mind and conflicting internal battles of good and evil which is swayed by family and circumstances. I instantly fell in love with the pace and the tone of the narration. You feel connected with the main protagonist, who is introduced and slowly we see her layers peeled away to see what makes her tick and therefore we are invested in her and her story. I highly recommend this book and advise that although there is some "horror" it is not something most people can't handle.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Anna Kyle
    January 1, 1970
    I'm generally not a reader of YA horror but the cover :0 and the premise lured me in. Morgan is a high school teen whose family is still reeling from a terrible tragedy in addition to Morgan's own painful secret kept even from her best friend Sev. Toss in a crumbling haunted hospital, a possibly magic magpie guide, and a camera that literally changes everyone (for the worse, obviously, this isn't Mary Poppins we're reading) whose picture was taken and there's a lot to unpack in this layered, I'm generally not a reader of YA horror but the cover :0 and the premise lured me in. Morgan is a high school teen whose family is still reeling from a terrible tragedy in addition to Morgan's own painful secret kept even from her best friend Sev. Toss in a crumbling haunted hospital, a possibly magic magpie guide, and a camera that literally changes everyone (for the worse, obviously, this isn't Mary Poppins we're reading) whose picture was taken and there's a lot to unpack in this layered, satisfying story. Teenager insecurities, a horrible ex boyfriend, bullies, and anxiety along with strained family and friend relationships were captured well by the author. The creep factor is high in the abandoned hospital and Morgan's realization near the end, I won't spoil it, is dead on. 4 1/2 starsI read it in one sitting.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    High School can be a horror story. The main character Morgan is having a tough time in her life with a recent car accident that killed her little brother and crippled her mother. This doesnt stop some of the boys in her school from being jerks and harassing her daily. When Morgan finds a soul sucking camera in an abandoned hospital things get even worse for her. Will Morgan find the strength within herself to set things right? I liked Morgan right away. She reminded me of my teenage self. Shes High School can be a horror story. The main character Morgan is having a tough time in her life with a recent car accident that killed her little brother and crippled her mother. This doesn’t stop some of the boys in her school from being jerks and harassing her daily. When Morgan finds a soul sucking camera in an abandoned hospital things get even worse for her. Will Morgan find the strength within herself to set things right? I liked Morgan right away. She reminded me of my teenage self. She’s strong, smart, and funny but has been brought low by a tragic series of events and is fighting to find her way back. The story is told from her point of view and we are in her head experiencing everything with her. Her thoughts were very relatable and I couldn’t help but cheer for her to find her way out of the darkness. Spoiler below: (view spoiler)[The ending was a metaphysical journey into Morgan’s mind, along with those of her sister, best friend, and the ex-boyfriend who had become her harasser. This was an elegant construct to show Morgan working through her problems and relationships but I have to say that I kind of wanted a creepier supernatural solution. (hide spoiler)] In the end I was mostly satisfied by how everything turned out. This was not the chilling, spooky novel I was expecting but it did turn out to be horrific in its own way. If I have nightmares after finishing they will be about my own high school experience which should be plenty terrifying.Thank you to Tyche Books for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.
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