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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Hollow Inside by Brooke Lauren Davis, read by Caroline Hewitt.

Sadie meets The Glass Castle in a smart, gripping, and twisty young adult debut about a girl seeking to reveal the truth about her mother - and herself.

Seventeen-year-old Phoenix has spent much of her life drifting from town to town with her mom, Nina, using their charms to swindle and steal to get by. Now they’ve made it to their ultimate destination, Mom’s hometown of Jasper Hollow. The plan: bring down Ellis Bowman, the man who ruined Nina’s life.

When Phoenix gets caught spying on Ellis, she spins a convincing story that inadvertently gives her full access to the Bowman family. As she digs deeper into their secrets (and begins to fall for daughter Melody), she finds herself entrenched in the tale of a death and a disappearance that doesn’t entirely line up with what Mom has told her.

But there’s even more to this story Phoenix doesn’t know. Who, if anyone, is telling the whole truth about what happened? 

Debut author Brooke Lauren Davis explores the murkiness of right and wrong, of choices and consequences, of heroes and villains, in an eerily compelling and thought-provoking small-town saga.

©2021 Brooke Lauren Davis (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"The Hollow Inside is a haunting debut, as thrilling as it is lyrical. Steeped in small-town secrets and layered mysteries that unfold with perfect pacing, Brooke Lauren Davis delivers a powerful story about the lengths we’re willing to go to for family, and the price we pay when the ones we love reveal their true natures. I loved every bit of this twisty, poetic book." (New York Times best-selling author David Arnold)

"A propulsive, gritty thriller from an exciting new voice in YA fiction. I can't wait to see what Brooke Lauren Davis does next." (Cara Thomas, author of The Cheerleaders)

"The author evocatively captures the feel of small-town life, and Phoenix, whose longing for a family is palpable, inspires sympathy, as does Nina, whose own story is interspersed throughout.... A page-turning debut." (Kirkus Reviews)

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This book is incredible. I had never read a YA book before, as I am 57 years old, and this one got me!!!! I couldn’t put the book down. I grew so attached to the characters, the town, and the circumstances. I just needed to know the truth. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to see what Brooke Lauren Davis comes up with next.

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Loved it!

This book was recommended by a friend and I really enjoyed it. Such a storyline!

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Beautifully written

Considering this is Davis’s debut novel, I’m very excited to see what she writes next. This story had me on the edge of my seat, especially the second half of the novel. It’s an incredibly interesting story dealing with themes of parenthood and family all told from the perspective of a young woman whose sense of family is, well, pretty complicated. The prose are heartbreakingly beautiful but in the best way possible. I hope Davis is working on her next book because I just want to read more.

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Loved it!

This was so well done and kept me engaged. Great debut novel for Brooke Lauren Davis! Can’t wait to see what she does next. Bravo!

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Genius

This is one fantastic book. I absolutely loved it from the very first page. Twisty, clever, and heart wrenching, The Hollow Inside is just about perfect.