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Fragile (Hollows, Bk 1)
Fragile - Hollows, Bk 1
Author: Lisa Unger
Everybody knows everybody in The Hollows, a quaint, charming town outside of New York City. It’s a place where neighbors keep an eye on one another’s kids, where people say hello in the grocery store, and where high school cliques and antics are never quite forgotten. As a child, Maggie found living under the microscope of small-town...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780307745262
ISBN-10: 0307745260
Publication Date: 7/26/2011
Pages: 432
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 50 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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MELNELYNN avatar reviewed Fragile (Hollows, Bk 1) on + 669 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Unger goes off the beaten track in this novel, but not so far as for her work to be unrecognizable. While contemporary, this mystery dredges up a town's past and reawakens dark secrets that have altered the lives of those involved. Not far from New York City, The Hollows enjoys a small town identity, neighbors who have known each other since grade school. The only anomaly is the younger generation, infected by the angst of the times and the usual anti-social behaviors of adolescence, once happy and playful children become sulking teenagers, no longer as pliable or as willing to endure their parents' failings or expectations. Unger uses this generation gap to frame her story, as Maggie, a psychologist returned from NYC to marry a high-school football player turned detective, Jones Cooper, the two raising a son, Ricky. Once a sweet, joyful little boy, Ricky has morphed to a sullen teen, resisting his mother's overtures and in constant conflict with his father.

The twist is in the secret history of The Hollows. When Ricky's girlfriend, Charlene, disappears, everyone remembers another disappearance from years ago, the death of a classmate that has reverberated through the lives of the main characters and left many with uneasy consciences. And for all the disaffection of the younger generation, more than one older resident is disturbed when long-buried secrets are unearthed. While the father-son conflict is exacerbated when Jones investigates Charlene's whereabouts, Maggie jumps to her son's defense to avoid concerns about the state of her marriage, counseling patients in an office connected to her home. Much of the drama is stirred up by Maggie's fears and lack of professional boundaries, but there is no shortage of guilty parties as Unger taps into the small town psyche of The Hollows. Sometimes obvious, sometimes clever, Unger indulges in a lot of emotionalism and the dashed expectations of youth. But that is her style- and her charm- as a writer, the murky territory of memory and forgiveness.
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What a fantastic rollercoaster ride! The story sucked you into the book. I couldn't stop reading! Great characters, amazing plot.It made you think about your own twists and turns in life, and what if's...
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I was disappointed with FRAGILE. I found it slow and predictable and yet I read all 467 pages waiting for something to happen which really never did. The book did have great character development but after I learned about the characters I waited to see how each detailed character would develop the story. I finished thee book thinking "that was it?". I did order the second book in the series to see if the characters, if they are the same as book one will finally do something exciting.


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