Monday, April 1, 2024

Review - The Hollow

The Hollow
Author Kiersten Modglin 
Genre: Psychological Thriller 
Format: Kindle ARC
Date of Publication: April 1, 2024
No. of Pages: 240
My Rating: 5 Stars 


It was the perfect place to grow up…and the perfect place to die. 

After experiencing a personal tragedy, Carmen McKenna finds Hunter’s Hollow—a bustling campground in rural North Carolina—to be her new home and worst nightmare. 

Despite the promises of a chosen family and a safe place to grow up, living next door to the Hunters’ two sons comes with its own set of challenges. Jack and Dean introduce Carmen to a world she’s never known—one filled with young love, first heartbreak, and sinister secrets. 

When a body is found at Hunter’s Hollow, instantly shattering the tranquil fa├žade that has surrounded the campground, the residents are forced to accept the truth: a killer is among them. As the police search for answers to no avail, Carmen leaves the campground in hopes of clearing her mind and healing her broken heart. 

Now, eleven years later and with the case still unsolved, Carmen returns to face the past and discover the truth about that terrible night. Before she can, a guest is reported missing from the campground and the circumstances are all too similar to the horror Carmen once faced. 

They say you can’t go home again, but when buried secrets call to Carmen from Hunter’s Hollow, she’s determined to learn the truth about what happened back then—and what’s happening now—if it’s the last thing she does. 

Returning to once again blur the edges between psychological thriller and romantic suspense, million-copy bestselling author Kiersten Modglin brings us a sun-soaked, nostalgic, and completely twisted romantic thriller.


In this addictive and atmospheric read by Kiersten Modglin, Carmen is planning on a two-month stay at a campground known as Hunter's Hollow. It has been eleven years since Carmen was at the campground. When she was thirteen, her mother moved them to the site and Carmen had some good memories, but most certainly haunting memories as well.

In this story presented in both past and present, Carmen's experiences as a teenager and now as an adult, especially with the two Hunter brothers, Dean and Jack, are quite telling. Carmen and Jack are the same age, and as teens they were drawn to one another. Dean was the typical annoying older brother, but had a powerful impact on Carmen's life.

Something horrible happened when they were teenagers, a crime that was never solved. This is rather haunting to Carmen now that she is back. During her years away Carmen carved out a very good career for herself as a book illustrator, leaving the campground and its memories in her rear view. Carmen always felt a strong sense of unease that the case years before had never been solved. Dealing with that, as well as how both Dean and Jack impacted her life during her younger years, deeply affects Carmen.

Having had some memorable vacations at different campsites while I was younger made it quite easy to put myself in Carmen's shoes. The angst felt so real, as well as the uncertainty of the dangers that were present for her, but also when it came to matters of the heart. Needless to say, Hunter's Hollow was unlike any campsite I ever spent time at, but I was no less drawn to this engaging read. In fact, I stayed up and read it from cover to cover in one sitting. Thank you to Kiersten Modglin for writing yet another compelling psychological thriller that definitely cost me some sleep. 

Many thanks to Kiersten Modglin for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Kiersten Modglin is an Amazon top-30 bestselling author of award-winning psychological thrillers and a member of International Thriller Writers. Kiersten lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and their two Boston Terriers: Cedric and Georgie. She is best known for her unpredictable suspense and her readers have dubbed her 'The Queen of Twists.' A Netflix addict, Shonda Rhimes super-fan, psychology fanatic, and indoor enthusiast, Kiersten enjoys rainy days spent with her nose in a book.


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