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.
Today’s post is all about the haunting story The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh and I have had the absolute pleasure of interviewing them about their book!
- Hi Sarah! Thank you so much for doing this interview with me, I’m so honoured! Could you introduce yourself and your book a bit?
Hey there! Thank you so much for hosting me 🙂 I write young adult novels (usually fantasy with a side of horror) as well as books for younger readers. I’m also a queer woman, a greyhound mom, a ceramic artist, and a type one diabetic, just like the MC in THE GIRLS ARE NEVER GONE! As a reader, I gravitate toward stories that are dark, strange, and unapologetic, ones that haunt me well after I’ve finished. Curling up under a blanket with a scary movie is my favorite way to treat myself!
- Tell us your favourite quote and/or scene from the book?
I couldn’t decide on a favorite scene that didn’t feel like a spoiler, so I’m going with a quote: “The mind is a weapon whether you believe in anything or not; faith and denial, they both cut deep if you hold on too tight.” This one resonates with me as something I’ve observed to be true time and again!
- If you were to write a spin-off about a side character, which would you pick?
I was going to say Cathy, the historical society president whose perspective on the supernatural takes quite a turn (trying to avoid spoilers here), following her adventures of what she decides to do after the book ends—but as I was typing this, Waffles the dog popped into my head to remind me that he would be an excellent choice for narrating some of his and Dare’s further investigations into the unexplained 😉
- If you could interview one of your characters (or have some tea with), who would you pick?
I’d love to have tea with Quinn, the daughter of the new owner of the haunted Arrington Estate! She’s had some paranormal experiences before the book begins, and I could easily spend an afternoon listening to all her spooky stories and asking questions!
- Last question! What are you currently reading?
I just started THE GUIDE by Peter Heller, which is a new thriller set in the Colorado wilderness. So far, I’m really digging the ominous atmosphere and the way the author uses the setting to heighten tension! And then a recent read I can’t stop thinking about is RAZORBLADE TEARS by S.A. Cosby, which has the distinction of being one of less than five books that’s ever made me cry. It’s absolutely riveting and packs a huge emotional punch.
Content Warnings: scary images, death
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.
The Girls are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Genre: Young Adult Horror
Publishing Date: September 7, 2021
5 Reasons to read The Girls are Never Gone
- A slow burn horror mystery reminiscent of The Conjuring x The Haunting of Bly Manor.
- Bisexual chronically ill female MC (type 1 diabetes)
- Sapphic Bourican/biracial love interest.
- There’s also a service dog, Waffles which I don’t believe I’ve ever read a book with a service dog in it!
- Clear and easy to follow writing
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.
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