Review of Mystery of Black Hollow Lane

Posted May 14, 2019 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 5 Comments

Review of Mystery of Black Hollow Lane

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane by Julia Nobel
Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery
Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky on March 5, 2019
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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Emmy's dad disappeared years ago, and with her mother too busy to parent, she's shipped off to Wellsworth, a prestigious boarding school in England. But right before she leaves, a mysterious box arrives full of medallions and a note reading: These belonged to your father.Just as she's settling into life at Wellsworth, Emmy begins to find the strange symbols from the medallions etched into the walls and stumbles upon the school's super-secret society, The Order of Black Hollow Lane. As Emmy and her friends delve deeper into the mysteries of The Order, she can't help but wonder-did this secret society have something to do with her dad's disappearance?

Here is what I thought

I had high hopes for this one but it just fell a bit short.

Emmy’s dad disappeared years ago and it’s just been her and her ‘parenting tip’ mother. Her mother is going to be staring in a new parenting show so she decided to send Emmy to boarding school in England.

Emmy is not happy about this new idea that her mother has but she can’t do anything about it. Before she leaves she gets a mysterious message about a hiding place for some medallions. It’s the only thing she has of her father so they must mean something important.

She soon finds out that her father had went to this school and that there is a secret society called Black Hollow Lane. With the help of her two new friends Jack and Lola she starts to investigate and tries to find out more about the society. She gets more strange messages and there are others at the school who are watching her.

Okay so I wanted to really enjoy this one but I really thought it was a tad boring up till about 65% and normally I have DNFed before this if I don’t like something. Curiosity kept me going and it did pick up and get interesting but I am not sure if it was enough to make me look for the second book when it comes out. They will need to really grab me with the blurb for book two and my curiosity peaked again.

Now for a young child this might be very interesting as they would be more invested in the three young kids who are trying to figure things out. It might feel more mysterious to them and I think kids will enjoy it, I just don’t think as an adult it was that great. It has  a 4.06 rating so clearly this was more my preference than others so I won’t recommend it but I will not say not to try it as you might enjoy it more.

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