Deep in the Hollow
By Brandy Nacole
Let me share some wisdom with you. There is evil in this world we cannot see, not because it is hidden from us, but because our minds refuse to accept its existence. But once we are able to get past what everyone says should not be, it becomes our responsibility to stop the evil we now see.
This insight wasn’t given to me until a year after I lost the most important person in my life: Bryce Rowan. Now, after another death at the same spot where he died—the overlook, where the mysterious lights dance amongst the trees—I begin to wonder if they were accidents after all.
Lucky for me, I’m not the only curious one in town. Cooper, a ghost hunter (aka chaser), and his sister Jada have moved to town and are starting to ask questions.
But the more we find out about this town and the people who live here, people who I have known my whole life, the more I begin to think there are those who would rather keep the evil secret, even if it means we will never be safe, and that more will die.
I devoured this book in one day, the dishes went undone and I nearly missed a meeting. All because I wanted to keep reading, I wanted to uncover the mystery that laid Deep in the Hollow. And why the main character, Jo, was so closed off.
Brandy Nacole has a knack for pacing and intrigue; she writes in a manner that pulls you forward into the story and before you know it it is 1:00AM and your eyes are bloodshot.
I do have to say, that based on the ARC* copy provided for this review, I was disappointed with the number of things that were overlooked in editing, but at the same time reading a book in the Paranormal Fantasy genre was a breath of fresh air.
I would venture to say Deep in the Hollow is a suitable read for Young Adults, more of the story revolves around, well the story. The romances that built up were not the main focus and took place in the background, and I was left screaming (in my head) “Oh just kiss already!” I was relieved that the author stayed on course with the story and didn’t detour on the plot-line she had been building.
Deep in the Hollow is written in first person, present tense; typically this style doesn’t fit my fancy. Yes, I just said that, but I enjoyed this writing style.
I haven’t had the chance to read any of Brandy Nacole’s previous works, so I am unsure if Jo’s mannerisms reflect those of the writer’s voice. In either case it worked well. Jo’s southern (for lack of remembering the word I intended to use) way of talking and phrases definitely brought forth a lot of character.
I hope that there is more to come and that this is just the beginning of a series.
Gemini Brandy Nacole is a writer of urban fantasy books. She is the author of the Shadow World series and the Spiritual Discord series published by Ponahakeola Press. A reader from a young age, Brandy has always loved folklore and stories of beings that go bump in the night.
Brandy lives in Arkansas with her husband, three never stopping kids, two snooty cats, two very lazy bearded dragons, and one mellow turtle. She is a member of the Ozark Romance Authors in Springfield, Missouri. Whenever she’s not reading or writing, Brandy is spending her time outdoors wheeling, hiking, playing amateur photographer, and enjoying a good laugh.