Demon Troubles in The Hollow by Nora Roberts

Posted October 28, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 6 Comments

Demon Troubles in The Hollow by  Nora RobertsThe Hollow by Nora Roberts
Series: Sign of Seven #2
Published by Jove on August 7, 2008
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 338
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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For Fox, Caleb, Gage, and the other residents of Hawkins Hollow, the number seven portends doom--ever since, as boys, they freed a demon trapped for centuries when their blood spilled upon the Pagan Stone ...

Their innocent bonding ritual led to seven days of madness, every seven years. And now, as the dreaded seventh month looms before them, the men can feel the storm brewing. Already they are plagued by visions of death and destruction. But this year they are better prepared, joined in their battle by three women who have come to the Hollow. Layla, Quinn, and Cybil are somehow connected to the demon, just as the men are connected to the force that trapped it.

Since that fateful day at the Pagan Stone, town lawyer Fox has been able to see into others' minds, a talent he shares with Layla. He must earn her trust, because their link will help fight the darkness that threatens to engulf the town. But Layla is having trouble coming to terms with her newfound ability--and with this intimate connection to Fox. She knows that once she opens her mind, she'll have no defense against the desire that threatens to consume them both . . .

 thriller paranormal horror

The story continues, this time focusing on Fox O’Dell and Layla Darnell.

A bit of background
If you recall from Blood Brothers, Fox and his two friends, Cal and Gage, unwittingly unleashed a demon when they were 10-years old by sharing and spilling their blood near the Pagan Stone on their shared birthday. Every seven years the demon resurfaces, wreaking havoc in the town and causing death and destruction. They’ve determined that Fox, Cal and Gage are all descendants of a wizard who contained the demon decades ago. Layla, along with Quinn and Cybill, are descendants of the demon but have paranormal skills that connect with the guys.

Fox and Layla
Fox has the ability to read minds, has lived with and embraced it. Layla has a similar skill but has tried to deny it. Fox works with her to develop her talent as they’re paired to help defeat the demon. She’s the only one of the group that’s an outsider, having come to the town only because she was inexplicably drawn there. The romance that ensues is steamy but it was hard to form a connection with Layla because we never really learn much about her. It was okay, just not compelling. Fox, however, was a dream.

The horror
The demon is a real bad a$$ and causes some serious damage and hurt. He figured out how to get inside their heads and have them experience their worst fears or relive one from the past. There are several scenes that truly feel like chilling nightmares. Fox has to relive the worst experience of his life and for all it seems pretty real. This is no annoying apparition…he’s the real deal and has a lot of power.

The bottom line
This was interesting, at times very horrifying because Nora got very creative with the demon’s bad behavior. It dragged some as there would be a confrontation followed by a team confab just one too many times. Not as good as the first book but an enjoyable read. And, it sets up the final book in the trilogy nicely.

About Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. She married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland where she worked briefly as a legal secretary. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old.

Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.

Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.

Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.

Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.”

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6 responses to “Demon Troubles in The Hollow by Nora Roberts

  1. I have never read a Nora Roberts (or J.D. Robb) book. I’m not avoiding her, I just never had a book that really grabbed my attention. While, this sounds interesting, I don’t know that I would put this at the top of my list right now. Great review.

  2. I’ve made it a point this year to try my first Nora Roberts for the first time – as JD Robb, that is. This book sounds different, and from the way you described the novel, very visceral.

    • It’s an interesting trilogy, Joy. If you start with this one, begin with Blood Brothers. And, I listened to the last book and wish I’d used that format for the whole series.