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The Mystery of Hollow Places
by Rebecca Podos


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The Mystery of Hollow Places is a gorgeously written, stunningly original novel of love, loss, and identity, from debut author Rebecca Podos.

All Imogene Scott knows of her mother is the bedtime story her father told her as a child.  Read more...


 
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Overview

The Mystery of Hollow Places is a gorgeously written, stunningly original novel of love, loss, and identity, from debut author Rebecca Podos.

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 she was a baby, a woman who was always possessed of 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.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062373342
  • ISBN-10: 006237334X
  • Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
  • Publish Date: January 2016
  • Page Count: 304
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-10-12
  • Reviewer: Staff

When Immy Scotts father, a mystery writer, tells his daughter the story of his marriage and, later, her mothers abandonment, he says, The women in that family were cursed. They could be lonely wherever they were. But not us, Immy. We have each other. Despite a therapist stepmother always asking questions and a father prone to bipolar episodes, high school senior Immy and her dad are inseparableuntil he disappears on Valentines Day. Using methods from her fathers detective books and tips from a host of mystery greats, Immy attempts to track down her mother in hopes of finding her father. With the help of best friend Jessa, Immy crawls through hospital records, interviews long-forgotten neighbors, and discovers that the stories told about her parents are just as fictional as her fathers bestsellers. Debut author Podos makes capable use of believable characters and addictive clues to keep readers guessing. Through Immys preoccupation with du Mauriers Rebecca, Podos provides the stirring thematic core of the novelthat obsession with the past can be its own form of dangerous curse. Ages 14up. Agent: Lana Popovic, Chalberg & Sussman. (Jan.)

 
BookPage Reviews

Searching for a long-lost mother

For all of Imogene Scott’s 17 years, her mother has been a mystery. She disappeared when Imogene was a baby, and all Imogene knows of her are the bits and pieces her father, a medical mystery author, is willing to reveal—and that isn’t much. Now Imogene’s father has gone missing, and Imogene is convinced he’s searching for her mother. When the police and Imogene’s stepmother provide few leads on his whereabouts, Imogene decides the only way to track down her father is to investigate what happened to her mother by taking a page out of one of her father’s mysteries. Although Imogene is prepared to do this alone, her flaky best friend proves to be both a surprising asset and comedic relief. For Imogene, locating her parents is not about restoring her family, but about finding herself.

Narrated in Imogene’s sardonic and observant first-person point of view, The Mystery of Hollow Places explores themes of isolation, identity and familial ties. It’s not exactly a thriller, but it’s a page-turner nonetheless, with writing that’s crisp and efficient and characterization that’s strong and dynamic. This extraordinary debut novel from Rebecca Podos is an easy contender for a Morris or Edgar Award.

 

This article was originally published in the February 2016 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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