Best Book Read in December: James Dawson’s HOLLOW PIKE

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 | 4 comments

This week’s YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday asks:

What’s the best book you read in December?

This month I finally got my mitts on a book that’s been on my TBR list for a while: YA horror/thriller Hollow Pike.

I’d heard great things about James Dawson’s 2012 debut, and it didn’t disappoint. Hollow Pike took me right back to my teen slasher-movie-watching days. The atmosphere was deliciously scary (even too much for me at times – I’m a bit of a wimp), and it was very hard to put this book down once the creepy chain of events got going. I was left guessing the identity of the ‘bad guy’ right up until the end of the story, which was great fun and just as it should be.

Behind the entertainment, there’s also a lot going on in Hollow Pike in terms of commentary on high-school friendship groups and what it’s like being ‘the odd ones out’. The characters and their relationships felt realistic, and very true to secondary school.

I’ve since bought Dawson’s second novel, Cruel Summeralso a YA thriller, with amazing reviews—and can’t wait to get reading.

Hollow PikeShe thought she’d be safe in the country, but you can’t escape your own nightmares, and Lis London dreams 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…

Welcome to Hollow Pike.

What was the best book you read in December?


  1. Ohhh sounds good 🙂 I have been really enjoying thrillers as of late! Mmmmm best book read in December has to be Stephen King’s memoir on craft, On Writing. WOW! It was filled with interesting writing tips and funny stories from his childhood that he believes influenced him as a writer. The biggest tip…and I’ve heard it a dozen times now… is read, read, read, and write, write, write. I’m about to begin Allegiant, so you never know, maybe that will be my fav read of the month. xxxxx Loie

    • ‘On Writing’ is a great book, and that’s great advice! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on ‘Allegiant’.

  2. I’ve always been put off by the cover of this one (I know, that’s terrible) but now that I know that it’s a thriller that really is scary, I’m looking at the cover in a different way – of course I don’t like it. You’re not really SUPPOSED to. It’s meant to be scary. Silly me.

    It sounds fantastic. When I was a kid I used to read Point Horror books (particularly Richie Tankersley Cusik) and I couldn’t get enough of that ‘Who Done It’ type storyline. Excited to read this now! 🙂

    • Haha! It is a creepy cover, but beautiful too in real life, with pink shiny bits!

      I was always too much of a scaredy-cat for Point Horror. Interesting you mention it though, as James Dawson runs a Point Horror book club ( Can definitely see the influence of teen horror books and movies on Hollow Pike!

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