In this explosive psychological thriller by New York Times best-selling author Lisa Unger, a young woman's mysterious gift forces her into the middle of a dangerous investigation of a little girl's disappearance. For as long as she can remember, 20-year-old Finley Montgomery has been able to see into the future. She dreams about events before they occur and sees beyond the physical world, unconsciously using her power to make supernatural things happen. But Finley can't control these powers - and there's only one person who can help. So Finley moves to The Hollows, a small town in upstate New York where her grandmother lives, a renowned seer who can finally teach Finley how to use her gift - a gift that is proving to be both a blessing and a curse, as Finley lands in the middle of a dangerous investigation involving a young girl who has been missing for 10 months, and the police have all but given up hope. With time running out, there's only so much Finley can do as The Hollows begins to reveal its true colors. As she digs deeper into the town and its endless layers, nothing is what it seems. But one thing is clear: The Hollows gets what it wants, no matter what.
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I rarely write reviews, but on this one, if I didn't, I couldn't live with myself. NARRATOR RUINS BOOK!!! I wish I could call Unger and tell her to audition narrators herself. I love her work and feel so cheated to return this one. Did they pull Molly Pope in off the street? Such a shame!
I'll start with the narrator, who wasn't awful enough to warrant 1 star (I would have quit, had that been the case), but she was bad enough to warrant two starts. She started off sounding congested, and it only got worse as the story progressed. The main character Finley, was most irritating of all. Every time she asked a question, and sometimes even made a statement, the narrator gave the last word of her sentence an exaggerated, rise - terrible. Say this sentence in your head and give a rise to the last word: Finley asked: Do you think someone else could go to the police? Makes no sense and is irritating. Other characters spoke awkwardly - stilted, almost as though the narrator is just learning to read. Bad, bad, bad. Now to the story: “Pain was a reminder that she was alive, that she drew breath into her lungs and was tied to the world of the living, even when it moved through her like a wave bringing tears to her eyes there was a part of her that relished it.” So thinks the main character, Finley, when she is getting her umpteenth tattoo. So then, she’s psychologically damaged and does this instead of cutting – that’s what I get from this – and this is the protagonist? I have no idea how it got such rave reviews from readers and critics alike. Normally when I disagree with reviews from various publications, I can understand why my feelings about a book are different, but not in this case. This is the first book of hers I've "read;" it will be the last. I found many of the characters to be either unlikeable, cartoonish, or both. Finley has a loser boyfriend who follows her across the country to be with her after she breaks up with him. At one point in a bad, scary situation he wishes he had a joint so he could mellow out. I guess Unger thought this gave him human frailty; I just found him irritating. He comes across the country and sets up a tattoo shop, and Finley can't believe he's able to make a go of it; she realizes this after he tells her he has 2 appointments for tats over the next 2 days. Really? Two whole appointments? Wolf, the father of a missing girl, is the most unlikeable and he's featured about as much as our heroine. He's been cheating for 2 years or so with a very young woman he treats like crap and just uses for sex and basically calls an airhead. Finally, after dumping her (not really a spoiler - it's a given they won't stay together) she confronts him about it, and he realizes, oops, no, guess she's just naive, sweet girl that he treated badly. Gee, only took him 2 years to figure out she isn't stupid and vapid? And he rationalizes breaking up with her via text (!) because (I'm searching my memory banks here) it's something she would find okay or something her generation does - something like that. And then he's going to ride off and help his wife who he all-of-a-sudden realizes is the most beautiful, wonderful woman ever. Barf! Not believable. Even if it is remotely believable, why should we care anything about this serial cheater. Yep, I'm angry about the book. Oh, and don't get me started on the "Sling Blade" family: Momma, Poppa and Bo-Bo. Lord help me and drop me in the Ozarks in the 50's. I never cared about any of the characters and if you don't have that, what do you have? Never bought into any of it. I love Stephen King and Dean Koontz - well, at least their old stuff - haven't read much of their recent stuff - and can always identify, sympathize, etc. with someone - not in this book. Maybe if I had read other stories by her about The Hollows I would have felt differently, but not here.