Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for The Girls are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh. I was so excited when we scheduled this tour and couldn’t wait to start. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators.
Thank you to Sarah Glenn Marsh and Razorbill for providing me with an ARC for this review
Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since.
When she’s not writing, Sarah frequents the pottery studio, volunteers her time to sighthound rescue, and raises awareness about her autoimmune disease, Type 1 diabetes. She often enjoys pursuits of the nerd variety, from video games to tabletop adventures. She’s never met an animal or a doughnut she didn’t like.
Sarah lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and their tiny zoo of four rescued sighthounds, two birds, and many fish. She is the author of Fear the Drowning Deep, the Reign of the Fallen series, and several books for younger readers.
About The Book
Title: The Girls are Never Gone
Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh
Publishing Date: September 7th, 2021
Page Length: 336
Age Range: YA
Rep: Type 1 Diabetes, lesbian, bi, Latinx
The Conjuring meets Sadie when seventeen-year-old podcaster Dare takes an internship in a haunted house and finds herself in a life-or-death struggle against an evil spirit.
Dare Chase doesn’t believe in ghosts.
Privately, she’s a supernatural skeptic. But publicly, she’s keeping her doubts to herself—because she’s the voice of Attachments, her brand-new paranormal investigation podcast, and she needs her ghost-loving listeners to tune in.
That’s what brings her to Arrington Estate. Thirty years ago, teenager Atheleen Bell drowned in Arrington’s lake, and legend says her spirit haunts the estate. Dare’s more interested in the suspicious circumstances surrounding her death—circumstances that she believes point to a living culprit, not the supernatural. Still, she’s vowed to keep an open mind as she investigates, even if she’s pretty sure what she’ll find.
But Arrington is full of surprises. Good ones like Quinn, the cute daughter of the house’s new owner. And baffling ones like the threatening messages left scrawled in paint on Quinn’s walls, the ghastly face that appears behind Dare’s own in the mirror, and the unnatural current that nearly drowns their friend Holly in the lake. As Dare is drawn deeper into the mysteries of Arrington, she’ll have to rethink the boundaries of what is possible. Because if something is lurking in the lake…it might not be willing to let her go.
Content Warning: scary images, death, relative with dementia, parental death
Wow this book! I just finished and all I want to do is gush about it! Ok, let’s see if I can work through my thoughts.
The three characters, Dare (main), Quinn, and Holly were so realistic! They acted realistically based on the personalities given (and genre) which made them even more relatable. Honestly, I would have loved to have these three girls as my friends at their age. They were fun and smart – unique without being overly quirky and bonding with each other over those quirks.
The atmosphere of this book was great. I could picture, and almost feel at times, the house, the lake, the oddities and strangeness of the house. You felt so isolated, despite it being near a town and venturing there. I felt fairly spooked, especially the later half when things started to escalate. What keet me on edge the entire time was the subtle creepiness where Dare can explain away them away (bells chiming, scratching noises, shadows). Even better was that Sarah added in Dare’s dreams. These were again creepy, but left you suspicious.
I loved the amount of twists and directions that Sarah wrote in. Everything felt like a reward – providing new insight, information, or more questions. I found myself questioning everything. What could be explained away at the end. But, because the girls took different positions and questioned different things, I was never quite sure whether to believe it was real or not! I was surprised with the direction Sarah went with the story, but by no means disappointed. In fact, I found it to be a surprisingly satisfying ending, including the epilog with the final episode of Attachments. I would have loved to have more than just the book ends of the Podcast episodes (since it implied that there were 6 episodes and we onky heard 2). Despite wanting more, I understand why it wasn’t included since we lived through those podcast episodes when Dare did.
Sarah definitely didn’t let me down with this one – probably near the top of my horror reads this year. This is great for anyone looking for a great YA Horror, loves small town ghost stories, and needs all the LGBTQIA+ books in their lives! 100% deserving of the 5 stars!
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