Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire
Date Read: September 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
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.
Series: Ghost Stories #1
Also by this author: CarniePunk, Indexing, Rosemary and Rue br> br>
JUST A NOTE: These are books that I have Snagged @ The Library . Some of the reviews will be long and others will just be quick thoughts on the story.
Read for Fun (Library Book)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 3.50
Read It File It Review: Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire is a collection of stories that were originally published in serial form. I wish that I would have looked that up before reading it because my problems with the book were those that I also associate with reading serial stylized stories: constant repetition every time a new story is started, reintroduction of characters, and reestablishing of the world building. If you strip that out of every new story then I otherwise enjoyed this collection of stories. It isn’t Seanan’s fault–I know I don’t like serials and I need to start paying closer attention to books with short stories to make sure they aren’t serials!
However, I do want to say this: These ghost stories were fantastic in general. I especially liked the Strogoi named Dimitri (nod to VA)