The Mystery Of Hollow Places
Author: Rebecca Podos
Release Date: January 26th, 2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Rating: 3.5 Birds
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.
A journey of self discovery that I found incredibly interesting at the beginning, but as the pieces started to click into place, I wound up feeling slightly underwhelmed with it by the end. I’m not sure if I was excepting something different when it came to how the book was wrapped up. I’ve even found myself wondering if I would be happy if it ended the way I would have liked it to – and honestly my answer was I Don’t Know.
What I do know is that Imogene Scott is my kind of girl. She’s complex and real and weird which I find to be the best part about her. She likes the dark and creepy, the twisted and basically everything a regular kid would not like. She's definitely a strong front runner for the best MC I’ve read. Add in her desire to take on the search of her father and her love for mystery and if I could bottle this girl up I would.
Her mission to find her dad is very believable. Even with a wealthy family there’s no hiring of PI’s or money spent crazy on things that no normal teenager could get their hands on to help in the job. I liked this. The believeability was great on that side of things. They way the police/Imogene’s step-mom handled felt a bit lacking and almost silly at times. It was enough for me to wonder if they really wanted to find her dad.
The ending seemed to wrap up a little to “bow on top” for me considering the magnitude of the disappearance, the mental health of characters and so forth, and ultimately I think this is what changed my thought process on the book overall. That ending stays with you, you know? I have to say that I do recommend this, and I would LOVE to chat with anyone who’' has read it! If you want that chat in the comments though, do try to remain spoiler free.