The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher and then bought my own ebook copy. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: The Girls Are Never Gone

Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh

Book Series: Standalone

Diversity: T1 Diabetes bisexual MC, Service dog, Puerto Rican lesbian side character, F/f romance

Rating: 5/5

Recommended For…: young adult readers, paranormal, mystery, thriller

Genre: YA Paranormal Mystery

Publication Date: September 7, 2021

Publisher: Razorbill

Pages: 336

Recommended Age: 14+ (romance, slight animal gore, death, Underage alcohol consumption, Slight religion talk)

Explanation of CWs: Just an FYI, the animal gore seen in this book is just from the skeletal remains of other, long-dead animals. The religion talk is also very slight and in passing.

Synopsis: 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.

Review: I really liked this book. I thought that the story of all was very entertaining and it definitely provided the Spooks I needed to get into the Halloween spirit. I also liked the bond between all of the girls and I really liked the sapphic romance. I thought that the World building and character development were really well done and the writing was marvelous, although I might be a bit biased because this is one of my favorite authors.

The only real issues I had with the book is that there or two distinct monsters that I felt needed a little bit more development on the page but also the ending was a little abstract in what happened. We don’t have the real motives behind the monsters, which you can argue makes for a really good monster, but we also don’t have a clear cut ending to the story which is kind of giving me hope that maybe in the future there will be a sequel because I need to know. And if you have read this book then you know what I need to know.

Verdict: It was so good.

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