Hollow Pike


How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously read by the same author:
Cruel Summer


She thought she’d be safe in the country, but you can’t escape your own nightmares, and Lis London dreams repeatedly that someone is trying to kill her.

Lis thinks she’s being paranoid – after all who would want to murder her? She doesn’t believe in the local legends of witchcraft. She doesn’t believe that anything bad will really happen to her. You never do, do you?

Not until you’re alone in the woods, after dark – and a twig snaps…


This book was the winner of my February Luna’s Picks. The choice made by the lovely readers of my blog. I’m thrilled they picked this book, because I adore James Dawson’s writing. I have previously read Cruel Summer (link above) and thoroughly enjoyed it. Hollow Pike was certainly on my radar.

Lis London moves from her home in Wales to Hollow Pike to live with her much older sister and her husband. Lis is getting bullied and is suffering from nightmares. She thinks moving from her home might help her, but the nightmares continue, and now it’s clear to her that the nightmares take place in Hollow Pike. Lis passes it off, she doesn’t believe in nightmares or the tales of witchcraft in the area. That is until something terrible happens that makes her reassess everything she believes in.

Hollow Pike was incredibly creepy from the start. I loved it. I was gripped from the first page. Even though it does involve witchcraft, the witchcraft isn’t all the book is about. It raises the subject of bullying and tackles it well. I think James Dawson was very honest about the extent some people go to bully others.

I didn’t expect this book to turn into a murder mystery thriller, but it did and I was thrilled to go along with it. I was surprised by the book, which I love. After reading this and Cruel Summer, I can’t wait to read James Dawson’s new book. He really is a fantastic writer. One to look out for!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

7 thoughts on “Hollow Pike

  1. Wow. This looks deliciously epic. I’m not really into witchcraft books (though I admit The Raven Boys was awesome….) but I don’t mind them, particularly if they’re written well. So woot! The bully aspect sounds interesting too. I don’t see the more epic side of books really deal with those kind of issues. Fabulous review. 🙂

  2. Pingback: Hollow Pike #LunasPicks | Luna’s Little Library

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