The Mystery of Hollow Places

The Mystery of Hollow Places

eBook - 2016
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The Mystery of Hollow Places is a gorgeously written, stunningly original novel of love, loss, and identity, from debut author Rebecca Podos. All Imogene Scott knows of her mother is the bedtime story her father told her as a child. It's the story of how her parents met: he, a forensic pathologist; she, a mysterious woman who came to identify a body. A woman who left Imogene and her father when she was a baby, a woman who was always possessed of a powerful loneliness, a woman who many referred to as "troubled waters." Now Imogene is seventeen, and her father, a famous author of medical mysteries, has struck out in the middle of the night and hasn't come back. Neither Imogene's stepmother nor the police know where he could've gone, but Imogene is convinced he's looking for her mother. And she decides it's up to her to put to use the skills she's gleaned from a lifetime of reading her father's books to track down a woman she's only known in stories in order to find him and, perhaps, the answer to the question she's carried with her for her entire life.
Publisher: [S.I.] : HarperCollins, 2016.
ISBN: 9780062373366
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: Overdrive Inc

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JCLChrisK Mar 18, 2017

17-year-old high school senior Imogene has read all of her dad's detective novels numerous times. She's also heard countless times the bedtime story her dad made up about her mom, who abruptly left them when Imogene was two. So when her dad abruptly disappears, Imogene is sure she has the necessary detective skills to find him, and she's sure the key to doing so is tracking down her long-lost mom. The quest that results leads Imogene to many unexpected places, not least of which is a journey of self-discovery into her past, her repressed feelings, and her sense of identity.

Imogene is a more than capable narrator and an engaging protagonist, admirably resourceful and sympathetically flawed. The mystery draws readers in and keeps them guessing, with increasing stakes and risks. The tone and setting are atmospheric. Secondary characters are complex and dynamic. A captivating read.

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Oct 24, 2016

This book was really good. I read through it pretty quick, the ending wasn't my favorite, but I loved the twist and turns throughout the story.

LPL_MiriamW Mar 01, 2016

The moving and enthralling story of a young girl named Imogene whose mystery-writing father disappears. Convinced that he is in search of her birth mother who left them when she was a toddler, Imogene uses all the tricks she's learned from her father's novels to track him down. Alongside the mystery of her parent's disappearance, "Hollow Places" is also a moving examination of mental health in a family, and the importance of allowing ourselves to love and be loved.

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JCLChrisK Mar 18, 2017

Family isn't blood, necessarily; it's a thousand little choices we make every day. We choose to trust each other and forgive each other and go to the pasta place for dinner even though some of us would rather eat sushi.

JCLChrisK Mar 18, 2017

Because you can't lie to your stepmother over and over again, break into a hospital records storage room, drive all across the state with ill-gotten funds, skip town on a Greyhound without telling anyone, spend the night in a Boston train station, strike out for the coast all on your own, and face zero consequences, I am indeed grounded for quite a while.

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Jun 27, 2016

Nads_vb_is_life thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 19

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