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  • Fun commute read

    The moment I finished reading "Traces Of Her", I came back to the profile of the publisher and browsed through it, hoping to find yet another amazing read. The moment I saw the cover and the title, I was intrigued and I went on to read the description. The description stirred my interest and I went on to grab it! And I am so happy to say that I am so glad and happy to have picked this book! Jacob Reese lives a quiet and satisfying life in The Hollows, a small victorian town, with his dog, Murphy. Owning Groundworks, a coffee shop which has received an offer to be turned into a franchise and a cottage which is one of the top suggestions on Be My Guest, the only thing weighing him down is his grave mistake in the past. But he is living a good life where nothing can go wrong until one day, a woman resembling his ex-girlfriend, Laura, books a night in the cottage and bringing his nightmares into life. His life starts to spiral downwards after suspicious events start to happen, messing with his life and his head. He knows that Laura is dead. He has seen her die and he knows there is no way she could've survived. He also knows he is the only one who knows the secrets of his time with Laura but now, he is certain that someone else must know something about it. As a dark and suspenseful mystery-thriller, this book is rightly-paced, gripping, interesting, engrossing, eerily creepy and a perfect Halloween read! From the very first page, Steve makes sure he grabs the attention of the reader by their collars. The plot is woven very beautifully and the writing style makes the reader's experience vivid with fogs of suspense hanging just around the corner. Most of the twists and turns are unexpected and slaps you with the perfect amount of suspense. The characters are all perfectly developed and are given the right amount of importance. I am sure that whoever read/read this book has had/will have their hearts won by Murphy! The only complaint I have about the book is it's ending. I get that we are supposed to judge and decide ourselves what he must've done but it feels more like a cliffhanger than an ending. That disappointed me a bit. Nevertheless, I enjoyed and loved reading this book. I will be sure to keep an eye out for the upcoming books by the author! Recommended: Reading this book takes only a couple of hours and can be a fun commute read. I would read this book again and I would suggest anyone who loved mystery/thrillers to check this book out. Thank you NetGalley for the e-arc

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  • An excellent read, highly recommended

    An atmospheric, well written and gripping thriller that kept me on the edge till the last page. The mystery is solid and well crafted, the cast of character fleshed out and interesting. An excellent read, highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

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  • Exciting, climatic, and keep you on your toes

    Jacob Reese lives in a small town called The Hollows, Vermont with his dog, Murphy. He leads a quiet life with his canine companion. He owns a cottage that faces his home that he rents out to holidaymakers as well as running the local coffee shop. Jacob is normally very picky when it comes to his cottage guests, choosing to only go with ones who have been previously stayed at other homes on the tourism website ‘Be Our Guest’ he rents through. When a young woman with no previous rentals asks for a one night stay at his cottage there is something about her that makes him say yes. However, when she arrives he’s not sure he was right to allow her to stay as she is giving off a serious vibe. The next morning the woman is gone, but the cottage has been left open wide and nothing inside has been used or touched except for the guest book where there is a written note stating ‘Laura Aisling’. That is the name of his girlfriend who is dead. He knows it can’t be her, meaning that someone knows his secret. Dark Hollows is a suspenseful, mystery novel that I flew through it a couple of days. The book moves along at a steady pace, never slow, never fast but keeping you hooked to the pages. The plot is dark and creepy, what with the name of the place, The Hollows, the setting which is just Before Halloween and a possible dead girl come back to haunt her previous lover – Or has she? We get to read all about Jacob’s present life as well as his past, in which we find out about his previous occupation and his relationship with Laura. There is also the reoccurring vivid nightmare he keeps on having to decipher. There was plenty of tension within the pages and well as some unexpected moments as you try to figure out whether this is a supernatural story or a thriller. If you are not a fan of books with many characters then you will be happy that there are not many secondary characters in the book which keeps the main focus on Jacob. I was a little apprehensive when I began as I realised early on that the book had very long chapters, given the copy I had, had only 17 chapters and 384 pages and that long chapters are one of my bugbears about books, however, I can honestly say I didn’t notice as I was so engrossed. If you like books that are exciting, climatic, and keep you on your toes then this is a must-read for you. My tiny disappointment was that I wanted the book to keep on going as I wanted to know what Jacob had decided!

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  • AMAZING READ

    Jacob Reese enjoys the quiet life, running a coffee shop and renting out his cottage in The Hollows, Vermont. But the calm is shattered when a woman who looks eerily similar to his ex-girlfriend Laura turns up to stay in the cottage, and leaves a mysterious note in the guest book. Now Jacob’s seeing Laura everywhere—a glimpse of her face across the street, her music box left outside his house, a gift he gave her years before hanging from the trees. But it can’t be Laura. Because Laura’s dead. Someone knows Jacob’s secret—what really happened the night Laura died—and they’re out for revenge… This is a brilliant read. Wonderful well written plot and story line that had me engaged from the start. Love the well fleshed out characters and found them believeable. Great suspense and action with wonderful world building that adds so much to the story. Can't wait to read more of what the author brings out. Recommend reading. I was provided an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher. This is my own honest voluntary review.

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  • What would you do?

    This book is indeed a mystery thriller. Jacob Reese, the protagonist, is written in such a way that I came to care about the character. However, Jacob is keeping a dark secret. I would not have done what Jacob did. Now, Jacob has to deal with his secret. Does he do the right thing? I liked this book very much. Jacob is actively social in his community and he is a likable fellow with a happy little dog who loves him. I really want the best for Jacob. The violence in this book is not explicit. There are no steamy sex scenes here either, which is just the way I like it. The author, Steve French, did a wonderful job with character development. The setting is easy to follow and I had no trouble seeing the story as it went along. This is definitely one of those, "I gotta see what happens next" books. I would really like to read the follow-up book to this story. I thankfully received an ARC of this book through NetGalley. I would like to thank the author, NetGalley, and the publisher for a copy of this book.

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