Dark Hollows by Steve Frech – Book Review


Your past is catching up with you.

Jacob Reese enjoys the quiet life, running a coffee shop and renting out his cottage in The Hollows, Vermont.

But the calm is shattered when a woman who looks eerily similar to his ex-girlfriend Laura turns up to stay in the cottage, and leaves a mysterious note in the guest book.

Now Jacob’s seeing Laura everywhere—a glimpse of her face across the street, her music box left outside his house, a gift he gave her years before hanging from the trees.

But it can’t be Laura. Because Laura’s dead.

A gripping, twisted and haunting thriller. Fans of Gillian Flynn, Gregg Olsen and Mark Edwards will love Steve Frech.



Set in New England and after the death of his parents, Jacob used his inheritance to buy a home in The Hollows, it also has a cottage which he lets out as holiday lets. He also owns a local coffee shop.

He lets out the cottage to a woman who doesn’t fit his usual letting criteria, but it’s only for a short let. When she arrives, she seems a bit familiar and he realises she looks very much like his ex, Laura. But he knows that Laura is dead.

Jacob starts to find out more and as he does, the secrets of his past life and his relationship with Laura come to light. 

Soon, odd things keep happening that start to mess with his idyllic life….who is doing this and why?

Beautifully descriptive writing with a clever and at times, creep plot. I enjoyed the gradually building story as you find more about Jacob and his past and how that has lead to where he is now. Oh and the lovely, Murphy is a star…. A thoroughly gripping thriller.

Thank you to Jess at HQ for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and a free ecopy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.



Steve grew up in… You know what? I hate writing stuff in the third person, so here it is:

I was born in East Chicago, Indiana. I grew up in the small town of Troy, OH.

I attended Miami University of Ohio and received a BFA in Theater. I moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting and writing but quickly discovered that I don’t like actors… Just kidding. I have a ton of actor friends and I love you all. 

In addition to writing, I’m the producer and host of the award nominated ‘What Do You Know?’, an improv-comedy quiz show that gives more points for being funny than for being right. The show has been hosted at Upright Citizens Brigade, Nerdist, iO West, and the Improv. You can see more at http://www.whatdoyouknowshow.com

My debut novel, ‘Requiem’, is available in paperback and digital download from Amazon. 

I’m currently working on my second novel, ‘The Crossing’, a thriller set in the Arizona desert, and it will be available in February of 2014.



2 responses to “Dark Hollows by Steve Frech – Book Review”

  1. Rachel Bridgeman avatar
    Rachel Bridgeman

    Awesome review! Totally agree about Murphy!

    Liked by 1 person

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