I’m a big fan of Guillermo del Toro’s movies (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone, Pacific Rim, The Shape of Water) so I was excited to read his new book The Hollow Ones, co-written by Chuck Hogan.
Unfortunately, when I was about 40 pages from the end of the book, I was so bored that if I hadn’t agreed to provide a review in exchange for a free copy of the book, I would have put it down and never picked it back up.
The imagination and dread and sympathetic approach to monsters that I love about del Toro’s work was completely absent from The Hollow Ones. Instead, there are shallow characters, clunky writing, uneven pacing, meh world-building, and predictable events.
The book is trying to start a series of paranormal detective stories—usually a subgenre I really like—but I won’t be reading any sequels.