The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher

October 28th, 2020 Kimberly Review 18 Comments

28th Oct
The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher
The Hollow Places
by T. Kingfisher
Narrator: Hillary Huber
Length: 9 hours and 43 minutes
Genres: Horror
Source: Publisher
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A young woman discovers a strange portal in her uncle’s house, leading to madness and terror in this gripping new novel from the author of the “innovative, unexpected, and absolutely chilling” (Mira Grant, Nebula Award–winning author) The Twisted Ones.

Pray they are hungry.

Kara finds these words in the mysterious bunker that she’s discovered behind a hole in the wall of her uncle’s house. Freshly divorced and living back at home, Kara now becomes obsessed with these cryptic words and starts exploring the peculiar bunker—only to discover that it holds portals to countless alternate realities. But these places are haunted by creatures that seem to hear thoughts…and the more you fear them, the stronger they become.


Narrated by Hillary Huber, The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher delivered a chilling horror story that blended with quirky humor. This atmospheric tale will have you leaving a light on and listening for scratches.

Well, this was my first experience with Kingfisher, but recommendations from favorite authors and fellow blogger led me to choose this for the Fraterfest readathon and it quickly pulled me.

Kara, known as Carrot by her family and friends, returns to her beloved Uncle Earl’s Museum of Natural Wonders, Curiosities and Taxidermy, after her recent divorce. While she writes her fanfic and does designs for clients in the evenings, she spends her days inventorying the shop and unpacking shipments. The shop is a marvel of oddities, from an albino stuffed raccoon to a mermaid.

After her Uncle finds out he needs knee replacements, Kara agrees to run the store while he recovers. It is then that she discovers someone has punched a hole in the museum wall. Simon, the coffee shop owner next door agrees to help her close it up… only they discover a secret corridor and a locked door. The tale that unfolds was a creeptastic Lovecraftian tale that pulled me in as I clenched my fists and listened to horror that unfolds.

The story mixes a blend of humor, realisms, and the mundane to create an ebb and flow of laughter, sympathy, horror and heart-pounding moments that will leave you holding your breath.

Kara grows as a character and it was good to see her standing up for herself. When it came down to facing what lay beyond the wall she was clever and resourceful. I loved Simon and his weird eye. I would drink a glass of bourbon with him.

The willows, bunkers, and what happens were delivered in vivid imagery. Talk about fear of the unknown! Something in their feeds of you and either you die or become…

Hillary Huber did such a stellar job with the narration from voices to the creaking. The humor was goofy, but Huber grounded it. Her delivery helped lighten the tension and suspense.

What could be worse than a recent divorce? The corridor in Uncle Earl’s museum, grab your earbuds and listen. Fans of horror will want to add this to their shelves. I went and grabbed her previous title, The Twisted Ones, and invested in a new night light.

Dark, quirky, and twisted. You’ll think of it, the next time you drive through small-town America and see a quirky store of oddities. Noises or shadows immediately invoke my imagination and take me back to the Museum of Wonders and that hole in the wall.

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18 Responses to “The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher”

  1. Ailyn Koay

    oooo. you know what, you can turn it into a positive by shoving the ex-husband through it!

  2. Tyler H. Jolley

    This came at a perfect time for me. I’m looking for a spooky read and the one I’m just about to finish fell flat for me. I should have DNF’d it but I kept holding on. Thanks for the recommendation, Kimba!

    • Kimberly

      That was the hardest lesson I ever had to learn… the art of DNFing and letting go. Wasn’t until my late 40s. Best thing I ever did. I haven’t had a dry spell since.

  3. Katherine

    I don’t read much horror but I don’t feel like I can’t resist a book involving someone discovering a corridor and a locked door! It’s like Nancy Drew for grown ups and but amped up a bit. Grabbing the audio of this one!