The Hollow Kind

MCD. Oct. 2022. 448p. ISBN 9780374538569. $28. HORROR
Trying to escape an abusive husband, Nellie moves into the house she’s inherited from her grandfather. What awaits Nellie and her son on the homestead, though, may be worse than the abuse they faced. A bear in the driveway and scratching in the walls are just the beginning of the sinister happenings, which lead to the revealing of her family’s cursed past—and something lurking in the woods. Told across multiple timelines and perspectives, readers experience an immersive and comprehensive family story told through poetic prose. The detail, however, is excruciating at times, and much of it is stream-of-consciousness thoughts from the characters as the author paints a picture of an ominous yet beautiful wooded landscape filled with tortured, imperfect characters. The horror builds gradually, drawing readers into a state of unease rather than outright fear. Readers of Paul Tremblay and other literary horror novels will want to dive into this story.
VERDICT Davidson (The Boatman’s Daughter) crafts an intricate supernatural story about a family’s history that will leave readers shaken. However, they will have to wade through the novel’s extreme level of detail to reach the conclusion.
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