Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Hollow

The Hollow
By Nora Roberts (Author's Website)
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Published on May 2008
(Mass paperback edition)
ISBN-13: 978-0-515-14459-8
325 pages

Page 267: Thinking and doing got miles between them.

Here’s a brief background of the first book in the Sign of Seven Trilogy: Evil has befallen Hawkins Hollow where all hell breaks loose on every seven years, on the seventh day of the seventh month. All because innocently – Caleb, Fox, and Gage – on their tenth birthday, cut their wrist, mixed their blood and made an oath at the Pagan Stone. With that, they have unleashed something evil as well as good. Circumstances also bring three women together: Quinn, Layla, and Cybil. Together they form an important team, with absolute determination to end the recurring problem once and for all. The first book romantically hooks Caleb and Quinn together, and in this instalment, we see Fox and Layla together.

In book two, the nightmare is about to begin. Here Nora Roberts builds on the suspense from the first book. Fox O’Dell practices small-town law with an ability to read minds. Coincidentally, Layla shares the same ability. That explains why she is able to relate and anticipate what her customers fancy at the boutique in New York (before arriving at Hawkins Hollow), but she didn’t think much of it at that time. Together, Fox and Layla will be able to use their ability to connect and fight evil. It is not that easy though. Fox is not trusting and Layla is not accepting her gift. Will they overcome the barrier they set for themselves? To win the battle, they know they have to.

Along the way, the group found the journal of Ann Hawkins, an important discovery to unlock the mystery of what is happening to the town. Ann was the lover of Giles Dent and they were the three men’s ancestors. Dent was the person responsible for locking evil in its place before it was accidentally released by the boys many years back. The closer they are to solving the problem, the more vicious evil become. This time, it’s going at them all at the same time.

I am happy with the book but not crazy about it. This is one of the weaker trilogies in Nora’s work but nonetheless, still enjoyable. As usual, humour, romance and thrill maketh a good read, and it’s definitely visible in this instalment. Nora succeeds in developing a good plot that encourages me to continue reading to see how the men and women in the story overcome their dilemmas, problems and together, achieve their goal in battling evil. This instalment does not affect me emotionally like the previous ones, for example the Key Trilogy or the Three Sisters Island Trilogy, but still satisfying. I am waiting in anticipation for the final episode in The Pagan Stone, coming in December 2008.

Note: This is a joint-reading with Julia of Julia's Book Corner. Thank you so much for reading this with me, Julia! I definitely look forward to more future readings with you. Hopefully Melody is able to join us too!