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Book Review: Sparrow Hill Road (Ghost Roads #1) by Seanan McGuire

Sparrow Hill Road (Ghost Roads #1)by Seanan McGuire
May 6th, 2014
Paperback, 312 pages
Published by DAW
Rose Marshall died in 1952 in Buckley Township, Michigan, run off the road by a man named Bobby Cross—a man who had sold his soul to live forever, and intended to use her death to pay the price of his immortality. Trouble was, he didn’t ask Rose what she thought of the idea.

It’s been more than sixty years since that night, and she’s still sixteen, and she’s still running.

They have names for her all over the country: the Girl in the Diner. The Phantom Prom Date. The Girl in the Green Silk Gown. Mostly she just goes by “Rose,” a hitchhiking ghost girl with her thumb out and her eyes fixed on the horizon, trying to outrace a man who never sleeps, never stops, and never gives up on the idea of claiming what’s his. She’s the angel of the overpass, she’s the darling of the truck stops, and she’s going to figure out a way to win her freedom. After all, it’s not like it can kill her.

You can’t kill what’s already dead.

Rose Marshall drove herself to the prom, thinking her boyfriend had dumped her because he never picked her up. Bobby Cross, who sold his sold to live forever and remain young, hit her, killing her as a sacrifice for his immortality. Sixty years later, she is still sixteen years old and roaming the ghost roads, stopping at diners close to the Twilight, and trying to prevent others from dying like her, or if they do, to assist them in escaping Bobby Cross, as he searches for these poor spirits of accidents to eat their souls. Like all urban legends, she is called by many names: The Girl in the Diner, Phantom Prom Date, and The Girl in the Green Silk Gown. And she’s ready to win her freedom from Bobby Cross.

Seanan McGuire once again has a book that kept me reading, interested in Rose and what happens to her. As an author of regional ghost books, I loved reading how the hitchhiking ghost legend was taken and twisted around to something new. If you enjoy campfire ghost stories, this book is one for you!

I give Sparrow Hill Road (Ghost Roads) 5 sheep.

Pamela K. Kinney

About the Author:
Seanan McGuire is a California-based author with a strong penchant for travel and can regularly be found just about any place capable of supporting human life (as well as a few places that probably aren't). Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer; Rosemary and Rue, was named one of the Top 20 Paranormal Fantasy Novels of the Past Decade; and her novel Feed, written under the name Mira Grant, was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010. She also won a Hugo for her podcast, and is the first person to be nominated for five Hugo Awards in a single year.

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