House of Hollow

Putnam. Apr. 2021. 304p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593110348.
Gr 9 Up–Snatched from an Edinburgh street as children, Grey, Vivi, and Iris Hollow disappeared without a trace for a full month before they miraculously returned, freezing and naked, in the very spot they were last seen. Not long after, their father spiraled deep into the delusion that his daughters were in fact not his daughters, his conviction so strong that it eventually drove him to suicide. Their dad’s concerns were not entirely unfounded—the girls’ eyes and hair changed, they retained no memory of the month they were gone, and they manifested otherworldly abilities that make them quite dangerous. Their mother copes better with their alterations, but after an explosive fight with Grey, the family falls apart. Grey and Vivi run off to pursue glamorous careers as a model/fashion designer and rock star respectively, while Iris enjoys a peaceful, overly protected life with their mom. That peace is shattered when Grey and Vivi plan a trip back home and Iris finds herself pulled back into the sway of their strange magic. Grey disappears yet again and the remaining Hollow sisters find themselves dodging a bull skull–wearing man who reeks of death as they work to recover their sister and uncover the mystery of their missing month. Readers may suspect where Sutherland is leading them, but will be eviscerated by the truth when they arrive. The girls have ethereal white skin, one is bisexual, and one is gay.
VERDICT Alive with lush language and a dark fairy tale feel, this is a compelling readalike for lovers of Holly Black’s many wonderful fair folk standalones and series.

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