The Hollow - Jessica Verday

When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special. Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen's betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her—one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.

 This was a really fun read.  Abbey is having a really hard time after her best friend goes missing and is declared dead.  Half the town is walking on eggshells around her, but her own parents are more concerned about keeping up appearances than letting Abbey deal with Kristen's death in her own way.  In an attempt to get away from them at Kirsten's funeral (which isn't really a funeral, in Abbey's opinion, since Kristen's body has never been found) she ducks into Kristen's basement to hide out.  That's where she meets Caspian, who seems to be doing the exact same thing.

Ever since then, Abbey starts seeing Caspian all over the place and finds herself drawn to the mysterious boy.  I thought Abbey became a little wimpy when it came to Caspian--letting her life revolve around him, while he didn't appear willing to do the same for her, and while girls who pine are a little hard for me to read about, I could see where she was coming from.  Her best friend was dead, and she's left without any kind of support, so when Caspian starts wanting to spend time with her--and that's a big selling point, he wants HER, not just the dead girl's best friend--she jumps at the chance.

That being said, I was thrilled that Abbey eventually started to realize the lack of involvement on Caspian's part, and called him out on it.

I loved the combination of the modern story and the tale of Sleepy Hollow, and how everything looked normal, but nothing was quite as it seemed.

I really enjoyed this book, and I'm really looking forward to reading the next one.

Happy Reading!


p.s. I thought the last line of the book kicked butt!  It gave me the shivers.