Eleven year old Annabelle lives on a farm in rural Pennsylvania. Life is simple and quiet but set against a harsh backdrop.
When Annabelle discovers there's a new student in her class named Betty, she sees it as an opportunity to make a new friend.
Betty has other plans.
Betty is not interested in making friends. Cunning and sadistic, Betty decides, for no reason other than the sick thrill of it, to torment Annabelle and her two young brothers.
It's not long after Annabelle decides that she's had enough that two tragedies happen. One of them I'll keep quiet as to not spoil anything. The other is that Betty vanishes off the face of the earth.
The prime suspect is Toby, a forty-something year old man that survived the First World War and has the scars to prove it. Toby is a loner, he's quiet, odd and a wary friend of Annabelle's family.
Now it's up to Annabelle to protect Toby and to try and find Betty before state troopers swarm her town and hunt him down.
I really loved Wolf Hollow. Annabelle is a great narrator and the descriptions of life on a farm feel very authentic. This is a story about being honest, standing up for what you think is right and the sad truth that in small towns people often won't let you have your own life. Everyone is in everyone else's business, be it out of boredom or self hatred about their lot in life, they will burrow their noses into your life whether you want them to or not.
A great tale with nice mystery element to it, don't miss it!