The Hollow Boy (Lockwood & Co. #3), by Jonathan Stroud
Publish Date: August 16, 2016 (first published September 15, 2015)
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Genre: MG Paranormal/Horror
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)
As a massive outbreak of supernatural Visitors baffles Scotland Yard and causes protests throughout London, Lockwood & Co. continue to demonstrate their effectiveness in exterminating spirits. Anthony Lockwood is dashing, George insightful, and Lucy dynamic, while the skull in the jar utters sardonic advice from the sidelines. There is a new spirit of openness in the team now that Lockwood has shared some of his childhood secrets, and Lucy is feeling more and more as if her true home is at Portland Row. It comes as a great shock, then, when Lockwood and George introduce her to an annoyingly perky and hyper-efficient new assistant, Holly Munro.
Meanwhile, there are reports of many new hauntings, including a house where bloody footprints are appearing, and a department store full of strange sounds and shadowy figures. But ghosts seem to be the least of Lockwood & Co.’s concerns when assassins attack during a carnival in the center of the city. Can the team get past their personal issues to save the day on all fronts, or will bad feelings attract yet more trouble?
Danger abounds, tensions escalate, and new loyalties form in this third delightfully terrifying adventure in the critically acclaimed Lockwood & Co. series.
For a lot of this book I was kind of bitter and angry, but by the end I still loved it and these characters absolutely.
What angered me the most was the whole Holly thing. Why does Lucy even have to be one of those “I-don’t-get-along-with-other-girls-cause-I’m-not-like-them” girls? Please just give me one female character she can be friendly with. I hated the jealousy and the cattiness between them. I am glad it came to a head at the end, and while I can appreciate that they aren’t going to ever be best friends after what they said to each other, part of me still wishes that they might become friends in the future.
Then there was just Lucy in general making a lot of bad and aggravating decisions that always ended in disaster. Again, part of me understood and agreed with her, but the other part of me was screaming at her to think again. There was also the other part of me that was angry at Lockwood for not listening to her and not even letting her try to work on improving her Talent. It was just a lot of frustration with both of them.
I did however absolutely love the character development in this one, and how much more we learned about Lockwood – both his past and how it affected him and shaped him to be who he is now. And Lucy too made some strides towards the end which was both painful but deserving of respect.
And of course there were the hauntings, with the Aickmere Brothers one being so damn chilling. Man that had me on the edge of my seat and creeped out of town. That Fetch? Now that is a thing to create nightmares from.
All in all an un-put-down-able story that is making me impatient to start the next one. Alas it is 3am and I should probably sleep instead.