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.
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The Mystery of Hollow Places is one of those books that I don’t love, but I don’t hate either. The book had a really good start for me but it faltered as the pages went by. I thought this was a mystery/thriller book because of the disappearance of Imogene’s dad, but really it was a journey of how Imogene finds both her dad and herself.
The book had a good premise and the overall story was good too, but I guess I wasn’t all hooked up. It was a little hard for me to relate to Imogene’s character. Although, I really liked how the voice was authentic, nuanced yet unique at the same time.
Another thing I liked about the book was the overall dynamics of the relationships presented. Imogene had healthy relationships with her stepmother, her dad, and her friends. It’s like Imogene admired her dad so much that she took it upon herself to find him, with the help of the things she learned from reading her dad’s books. It was quite interesting to see that unfold. The issue though, was the pacing. I found it really slow.
For many times, I tried to pick up this book, only to put it down again. I found it underwhelming. The one thing that really saved the book was the writing style. Rebecca Podos knows her way around words, she made this prose riveting, and like I mentioned earlier, nuanced. Even though, I had problems with this book, I still am looking forward for her future books! Even though it didn’t work out for me, I’m glad that there are more people who found this book amazing.