I’m a big fan of retellings and re-imaginings. Author Gaby Triana’s latest, Wake the Hollow, as its title indicates, is a Legend of Sleepy Hollow story. Micaela Burgos left Sleepy Hollow and her mother six years ago to live in Miami with her father. Now, her mother is gone, and Mica returns to Sleepy Hollow intent on finding out Sleepy Hollow’s secrets.
Her return is not met with the open arms of the town, except for her old friend Bram. At first, Mica lives with her father’s assistant in a house he acquired. She registers for school and does double duty as a student and a detective, uncovering clues left for her by her mother as well as from voices and visions she receives from an unknown “other.” A young guest teacher at her school proposes a link between Washington Irving and Mary Shelley, which seems to fit into some of the things Mica is learning. But is Dane friend or foe? Strange things keep occurring, and the closer Mica gets to an answer, the more dangerous the pursuit becomes. Will she find the answers before she, too, meets an untimely end? Who can she trust? Dane? Bram? Betty Anne, her mother’s long-time neighbor? Can she trust anyone in Sleepy Hollow?
Wake the Hollow is part mystery, part paranormal, part romance, and all enchanting. The plot is very well-paced. The characters are well-developed. It is very easy to slip into Mica’s world and ride this strange trail with her. And there are lovely twists and turns that make the ending a complete surprise.