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Review: Horseman (The Hollow #1) by Christopher Golden



Book Blurb

Everyone’s heard the rumors about Sleepy Hollow, but no one living has heard the truth.

Shane and Aimee Lancaster are headed to a new life in Sleepy Hollow, New York, whether they like it or not. Prompted by the death of their mother, their father has decided that a few bad choices on the part of his children mean a new life in a smaller place with less crime and, hopefully, fewer bad influences.

But sometimes the best ideas bring about the worst results.

The legends about the Headless Horseman have been around for as long as anyone can remember; the story by Washington Irving and a dozen movies are just folktales, surely. Nonsense.

So why is it that as soon as the Lancasters cross the city limits strange things start to happen? There are sightings of a great black dog with glowing eyes, things moving in the woods…oh, and a man on horseback riding around and cutting off people’s heads.

Their father is the new editor of the local paper and he wants answers. Aimee and Shane want answers, too, but for them the questions have a bit more urgency. It seems that the reports of a Headless Horseman might just be true…and it looks like Aimee and her brother are at the top of his list of chosen victims.

Sometimes the truth is far deadlier than fiction.

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Aimee Lancaster is moving to Sleepy Hollow with her brother and father.  She is not thrilled to leave Boston behind.  Unfortunately the minute they enter town things get weird.  All the street lights blow out and dogs start howling and barking all over town. Then even stranger things are being reported.  There are several sighting of a giant black dog called Hizzoner.  There is someone riding a black horse cutting off people’s heads.
Aimee and Shane witness one such murder.  The horseman seems to be playing with them.  Their father doesn’t believe what is really going on.  The two siblings are determined to prove everything is real.  The legend of Sleepy Hollow and the headless horseman are terrorizing the town.  Aimee, Shane and Stasia are the only ones to stop what is happening.
This book had a great storyline.  The legend of Sleepy Hollow was a cool twist.  I liked the ideas the author came up with as he was building on the original story.  It was a modern day curse if you will.  The horseman was awesome to read about.  Nothing like gruesome decapitations to make an evil villain.  The idea of the real story by Washington Irving made a big impact on the current story.

Aimee was one of the main characters and I got tired of her attitude and brattiness.   I wanted to shake her.  She was the one thing about the story I didn’t like.  She was so immature that she came across younger than she was.  She didn’t win me over in the end either.  Some characters do but she didn’t.  I was very disappointed.  The other characters I liked.  They fit with the story and didn’t annoy me.  It was a good read.  I give it a 3 out of 5.





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