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 by a powerful loneliness, a woman who many referred to as troubled waters.When Imogene is seventeen, her father, now a famous author of medical mysteries, strikes out in the middle of the night and doesn’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. She decides to put to use the skills she’s gleaned from a lifetime of her father’s books to track down a woman she’s never known, in order to find him and, perhaps, the answer to the question she’s carried with her for her entire life.Rebecca Podos’ debut is a powerful, affecting story of the pieces of ourselves that remain mysteries even to us – the desperate search through empty spaces for something to hold on to.
- Despite the mystery/thriller genre of the novel, it is very light to read. Imogene is the type of character that gives us the positive vibes in the story because of her determination and optimism. From beginning till the end, our heroine is willing to find her father no matter what risk she takes and what information she finds out. In short, this story gives us the idea of hope in a very straight forward form.
- The story got me hooked from first page to last. It is never boring. An aspect of the story that I liked most.
- The story is quite different. Living in a house where you grew up with only your dad is not an easy life especially in the case of Imogene. When she tried to find her father, she found out things that her parents have been hiding from her and that her father’s bedtime stories are not what she think they are.
- The writing style is so endearing. One of the reasons why I love this book.
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Rebecca Podos’ debut YA novel, THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES, is forthcoming from Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins) on 1/26/16. A graduate of the Writing, Literature and Publishing program at Emerson College where she won the M.F.A. Award for Best Thesis, her fiction has been published in Glimmer Train, Glyph, CAJE, Paper Darts, Bellows American Review, and Smokelong Quarterly. Past Awards include the Helman Award for Short Fiction, the David Dornstein Memorial Creative Writing Prize for Young Adult Writers, and the Hillerman-McGarrity Scholarship for Creative Writing. She works as a YA and MG agent at the Rees Literary Agency in Boston.
“Parecious stones could grow in hollow places”
“Faith is a special thing that only exists where there isn’t any proof”
“So I have a crush. A crush is not a contract. I am obligated to do nothing more than feel all my feelings and then close them up and put them back on the shelf, to be taken out and revisited like any familiar story that feels safe precisely because the ending never changes”
“How are two people ever supposed to like each other the right amount in the right way at the right time?”
“As long as you don’t turn the last page in a book, you get to believe whatever you want to believe”
“Family isn’t blood, necessarily; it’s a thousand little choices we make every day”