The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos

TMOTHPTitle: The Mystery of Hollow Places

Author: Rebecca Podos

Publisher:  Balzer & Bray

Format: eBook

Publication Date: January 26, 2016

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Edelweiss

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 Imogene was a baby, a woman who was always possessed by 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.


This novel surprised me, and that can be a difficult thing to do. It wasn’t just that I had no idea where Im’s father was, but that the author’s writing style was powerful especially for a debut novel. I felt absolutely connected to Imogene, and desperately wanted to find out the truth right along with her. I couldn’t put this book down and finished it in just a few hours. This story was layered and complex, on the surface it is a mystery. Where is Imogene’s father? The twists and turns and ruts that Imogene falls into made it a first class mystery. It was also a moving tale of loss and mental illness, but was spun in such a way that there was nothing to pity in these characters. They were simply human as all of us are, and part of their flaws were battling themselves.

This story took place spread across many different cities in Massachusetts, and reading about Im figuring out how to find her father had me breathless at times. Every single character in this book grows in some way by the end of it. There was no good or bad in this book this was simply people struggling every day, and sometimes winning and sometimes losing. The emotions that this story brought to the surface were handled with care and sensitivity. I think everyone can learn something about themselves by reading this book, and I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.

“Whether it’s dead or alive, we can’t change the past.”

044/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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