Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire

9780756414405Sparrow Hill Road
Ghost Roads #1
Seanan McGuire
My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

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.

Thank you DAW Books and Berkley Publishing Group for providing me with a copy for an honest review.

I’m the phantom prom date, the woman at the diner, the girl in the green silk gown, and the walking girl of Route 42. But most of all, I’m the ghost of Sparrow Hill Road. Rosie Marshall.

I didn’t know what to expect since I haven’t read anything by Seanan McGuire before. But I really enjoyed this one!

Our story is about a girl named Rose Marshall and how when she died at 16 she started a new life in the afterlife and became an urban legend. We get stories about her over the years and hear the different urban legends that have been started about her. This book really kept my interest!

I really enjoyed our main character, Rose! She was funny but also very complex. She is trying to save drivers (mostly truck drivers) from death or at least be there to help their ghosts cross over into the otherworld. While she is doing that, She also has to keep an eye out for Bobby Cross. He was the guy who ran her off the road that night. He’s not done with her! 

There was a lot of suspense surrounding the Bobby Cross character and I was here for it! It really had me clutching the book at times. Also, the world building was great and the story moved along at a decent pace that kept me interested from beginning to end. 

I’ll definitely be checking out the second book when it comes out later this year.

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