Audiobook Review: Hollow Fissure by Max E. Stone

  • Author: Max E. Stone 
  • Book Title: Hollow Fissure 
  • Release Date: May 15, 2017
  • Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance (There are a couple of sexual scenes in the book)
  • Page count: 12,865 words, 55 pages
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The well-meaning and meddlesome Mr. and Mrs. Aden want nothing more than to protect their only daughter, Hannah.
After her childhood kidnapping in Somalia and a final showdown in Italy against the monster responsible, nineteen-year-old Hannah just wants back the life stolen from her.
She isn’t naïve like her mother believes. Frequent flashes of past terrors assure her that the healing process is far from over. At the same time, she’d hardly use her dad’s words and call herself “strong” or “brave.” That description belongs to Melissa Bennett, the woman who almost died saving her.


Melissa doesn’t feel much like the hero she’s being hailed.
While she is glad to have saved a life for once, the one she’d almost taken continues to haunt her dreams and stall her recovery.
Despite her good deed and continuous help from friends and family abroad and Kyle—the father of her little girl—she knows her days of freedom are numbered. 



My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free audio copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is not a stand-alone book and since I didn’t read the first three books, I was quite lost. It sounds like there was a lot of action and suspense in the previous novels because Hannah was kidnapped at some point and rescued by Melissa.

Although I couldn’t really get into Hollow Fissure, I do like the author’s writing style except for all the talking during the sex scene. I also like the use of two narrators, male and female. That always makes audiobooks seem more realistic. 

If I get the time, I’d like to read the first three books in this series and then read (listen to) this one again. I think that would make a big difference.



About the Author

Max doesn’t remember ever not creating a story.

A writer and lover of books since the age of nine, Max first set pen to page as a hobby, constructing stories that were anything but fit for children. Entertaining classmates while simultaneously concerning surrounding adults with blood-ridden tales of gory mysteries and heavy suspense that “just came to mind,” Max, with the help of family and the encouraging words of an inspiring teacher, continued to develop this gift. 

Max reads everything and everyone; relishing the journey of authorhood and learning something new each day.