New novel “Secrets in the Hollow” by Barbara Dullaghan is released, an enthralling story of secrets, lies, and the rocky road to redemption

New novel "Secrets in the Hollow" by Barbara Dullaghan is released, an enthralling story of secrets, lies, and the rocky road to redemption

“Secrets in the Hollow” by Barbara Dullaghan has been released worldwide. This 248-page novel follows the turbulent story of Carrie Peters, a forty-year-old woman who returns to her hometown of Sleepy Hollow after the death of her parents. Already consumed by guilt, Carrie’s homecoming dredges up her painful history, and forces her to confront secrets she’s been holding on to for years.

As she struggles to connect with people from her past, new details about the deaths of her high school friends come to light. To find peace, Carrie will have to not only process her guilt, but also expose her role in the tragedies.

This captivating novel is full of surprising moments, twists and turns, and questionable decisions, but underneath the tumultuous events of the story, readers will find a fascinating exploration of guilt and secrecy. Carrie’s burdens take a toll on her mental state, and her path to self-acceptance is fraught with difficult admissions, damaged relationships, and harsh realizations.

Through Carrie’s struggles, readers see the lasting impact of keeping secrets, and are drawn into the historic setting of Sleepy Hollow, New York. From the legend of The Bronze Lady to intimate details about this small town on the Hudson River, the location plays a major role in the events of the novel. As the author’s actual hometown, every small detail is believable and rooted in Dullaghan’s lived experiences.

This exciting novel is both historical and deeply personal, showing that the ghosts of the past don’t go away on their own.

Secrets in the Hollow: a Sleepy Hollow Novel (ISBN: 9781960142702) can be purchased through retailers worldwide, including Barnes and Noble and Amazon. The paperback retails for $14.95, and the ebook retails for $2.99. Review copies and interviews are available upon request.

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From the back cover:

Carrie Peters is a forty-year-old riddled with guilt and secrets, struggling to understand how she and her ex-boyfriend could have gotten things so wrong. Carrie’s life is complicated when she returns to her hometown of Sleepy Hollow after her parents die. She still feels tremendous guilt for the deaths of her high school friends as a result of her indiscretions. Her best friend, a homicide detective, grows increasingly concerned about her erratic behavior. Carrie has no one to turn to except her ex-boyfriend because he shares her secrets. But she finds it too painful to connect with him. He is a constant reminder of the life she lived and tried to leave behind. Carrie needs to deal with her guilt, but to do so she may have to confess her part in a life-changing incident and possibly risk her freedom.

About the author:

Barbara Dullaghan grew up in Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown and is enthralled with the magic and energy of the towns. She is published in gifted education with Kendall Hunt and Prufrock Press and her short stories and poetry can be found in three anthologies. She and her husband, Jack, now live in coastal North Carolina and love spending time at the beach with their three children, spouses, and six energetic grandchildren.

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