Title: The Mystery of Hollow Places
Author: Rebecca Podos
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
“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.”
I feel like I never review contemporaries so I’m not sure where to go with this one but we’ll just quickly talk about what I liked with this one. It was the first book I read after a month and a half reading slump so that should say something about how much I enjoyed it. It’s a fast paced and well thought out mystery with some very believable characters.
I really liked the characters in this one, there weren’t too many and the ones that we do get to meet are well rounded enough and their motives are well thought out. Imogene was a good main character, there’s definitely something annoying about her thought process but it’s also completely understandable and the way she progressed was totally reasonable. I also really liked Jessa and the dynamic that they shared, and her relationship with both her dad and stepmother was well done.
The main thing that I liked about this book was the mystery. It wasn’t a super intense one and nothing really shocked me, but it was well written and I liked the pacing of the entire story. It was the perfect length and I’ll definitely read more by this author. If you’re looking for an atmospheric mystery that’s perfect for the cooler months then I’d recommend this one.