Review: Wake the Hollow by Gaby Triana

Wake the Hollow by Gaby Triana

Forget the ghosts, Mica. It’s real, live people you should fear.

Tragedy has brought Micaela Burgos back to her hometown of Sleepy Hollow. It’s been six years since she chose to live with her father in Miami instead of her eccentric mother. And now her mother is dead.

This town will suck you in and not let go.

Sleepy Hollow may be famous for its fabled headless horseman, but the town is real. So are its prejudices and hatred, targeting Mica’s family as outsiders. But ghostly voices carry on the wind, whispering that her mother’s death was based on hate…not an accident at all. With the help of two very different guys—who pull at her heart in very different ways—Micaela must awaken the hidden secret of Sleepy Hollow…before she meets her mother’s fate.

Find the answers.

Unless, of course, the answers find you first.

Title: Wake the Hollow
Author: Gaby Triana
Publication date: August 2, 2016

I received Wake the Hollow from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I didn’t know a lot about The Legend of Sleepy Hollow before I started reading Wake the Hollow. I mean, I’ve heard of the headless horseman and I saw The Hollow and Sleepy Hollow too many years ago to remember much about them. I tried to watch the current series Sleepy Hollow when it first started, but I think I made it about halfway through the first episode before I grew bored. I do want to try again, but I don’t know if I ever will. My point is, there are probably things in this story that went over my head because I don’t know the source material.

The plot of Wake the Hollow is very complicated. There’s so much going on that it seems to be all over the place. Mica’s mother has recently died and Mica has returned to town to…I don’t even know what her real purpose is. To settle her mother’s affairs? To find out what happened? I’m not sure it was ever explicitly said. Or maybe it was and I just didn’t catch it.

There’s a bit of a love triangle that I didn’t care much about, mainly because I didn’t like either guy. One is older and mysterious — a little too mysterious. The other is Mica’s best friend from childhood, who professed his love for her before she moved away at age twelve. THIS guy I didn’t like at all. He’s creepy. The way he acts entitled to a relationship with Mica because of his feelings for her AT TWELVE is creepy. Am I supposed to believe he’s been hung up on her all these years, since he was TWELVE? I don’t, not at all.

Especially since he just broke up with another girl.

The part of the book I did like takes a long time to unravel. Mica’s mother had made the claim that she was a descendant of Washington Irving, the author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Irving has no known descendants and her claim is made even more unlikely considering that she was Cuban. As Mica begins to look into the circumstances around her mother’s death, she begins to think her mom was onto something — and she begins to realize that someone might want to stop her the way they stopped her mother. There’s a paranormal aspect to this story that I felt could have been used a little more.

Mica has a lot of freedom because her mother is dead and her father is out of the country on some sort of business. Her father’s absence is the weakest part of the story and it seemed like it was just thrown in there to give Mica a reason to return to town without him and stay at various people’s homes, to put her in the right place for things to happen. It would have made more sense to age Mica up a little, put her in college maybe. There’s also something going on there with regard to his finances that I don’t remember if it was ever resolved. I had long grown impatient with him and lost interest. If Mica was just slightly older, none of this ever would have been necessary.

In the end, I didn’t really connect with the story or Mica. A stronger main character and a little less complicated plot would go a long way to improving this book. In a way it felt like I was reading an early draft, like a round or two of editing was needed to tighten and streamline the plot.

3 1/2 stars