Book review: The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher


Pray they are hungry.

Kara finds these words in the mysterious bunker that she’s discovered behind a hole in the wall of her uncle’s house. Freshly divorced and living back at home, Kara now becomes obsessed with these cryptic words and starts exploring the peculiar bunker—only to discover that it holds portals to countless alternate realities. But these places are haunted by creatures that seem to hear thoughts…and the more you fear them, the stronger they become.


This story was a really fun and fast-paced horror-fantasy read! My interest tends to wane when fantasy elements come into books but The Hollow Places kept me riveted in place with its wit and intensity.⁠

The plot for this one was inspired by Algernon Blackwood’s novella, ‘The Willows’, a story which HP Lovecraft considered that greatest supernatural story ever written… so you know you’re in for a treat from the offset with this one!⁠

Told through the eyes of Kara, recently divorced and moving into her uncles weird and wonderful ‘anything goes’ museum, this book is full of brilliant dry and sarcastic humour as well as a unique and genuinely fun setting.⁠

Despite it’s wit and charm, there are several really intense and frightening scenes in this book, especially in the first half. Between the jovial conversations and funny outlooks on life lies true horror moments that genuinely gave me goose-bumps on put me on edge. I especially loved the small moments of gore sprinkled throughout.⁠

This was a clever book, lots of thought had gone into how everything worked and connected to each other. I often find fantasy/sci-fi writing to be complex, but this book made everything easy to understand and follow.⁠

I definitely enjoyed the first half of this book over the second half, but overall, this was a really great read. Filled with interesting and likeable characters, as well as a well-rounded and spine tingling plot, I highly recommend this spooky read.⁠

(Thank you Titan Books who gifted me this in exchange for an honest review)

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Book Details:

Pages: 352
Edition Published:
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Goodreads Av. Rating: 3.89

2 Replies to “Book review: The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher”

  1. The cover for this one caught my eye and after reading your review it went straight onto the Wishlist. This is exactly the kind of book I love. Thank you for sharing!

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