Saturday, August 25, 2012
REVIEW: Hollow Pike by James Dawson
Because Hollow Pike is a wonderful addition to YA and James Dawson had written it with a wonderfully authentic teenage voice. I really liked Lis as a character and felt for her predicament as a bullied teenager who has moved someplace new to start over. Things don't go quite to plan when Lis falls in with a popular crowd at her new school, only to find out they are the type of mean girl she moved there to escape from.
Lis is just finding her feet in Hollow Pike when things of a creepy nature start sneaking in. Hollow Pike is filled with stories of witchcraft and since moving, Lis has been suffering from very disturbing nightmares of murder that leaves both Lis and the reader very uneasy as to what the nightmares signify. Honestly, this whole book has such a great atmosophe about it. I was spooked out by the second half of this book, not entirely sure what to make of the witchcraft element, not sure at all who the murderer is and I was left guessing about how it all turns out, which is fantastic as I love a good thriller.
It isn't all dark and dangerous though, Lis and her outcast friends, Kitty and Jack are quite funny together. I loved that there is an actual relationship between Lis and her sister who she has come to live with. And also, Lis' crush on Danny was the ultimate in sweet and awkward.
Hollow Pike was a very enjoyable experience for me to read and I highly recommend it!