The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh is an atmospheric horror that is prefect for the fall season. Following a girl who takes an internship at a haunted house, this one contains spine-chilling images and a strong main character who is also diabetic. I especially enjoyed the eerie descriptions of the house, which leave the reader with the unsettling feeling that something sinister is going on.Title: The Girls Are Never Gone
Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh
Genres: Horror, Thriller
Publication Date: September 7, 2021
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. 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.
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The Girls Are Never Gone, Sarah Glenn Marsh
After breaking up with her boyfriend, who also happens to be the co-host of her supernatural YouTube series, Dare decides to go solo and continue her work on her own ghost-themed podcast. When a fan suggests she investigate the Arrington Estate, which rumours say is haunted by the spirit of a girl who drowned in the lake, Dare takes an internship at the house for the summer. Despite her podcast, Dare doesn’t believe in ghosts, even when she meets the house’s current (and cute) inhabitant, who is convinced the estate is genuinely haunted. However, as the summer goes on and Dare starts to have frightening experiences of her own, she is forced to call her supernatural skepticism into question as she works to uncover what really happened in the lake.
❀ Clever main Character
Dare is a clever main character, and I enjoyed her voice. She is very rational, and because she likes an explanation for everything, she doesn’t believe in the ghost that is said to roam the halls of the Arrington Estate. I found this to be an interesting dynamic with her supernatural-themed podcast, and I enjoyed the way she is forced to question what she believes as she begins to experience the unexplainable at the house. Dare also has diabetes, which plays a significant role in the book. Chronic illness is rarely represented in horrors and thrillers, and I appreciated how the author works in information about what it is like to be diabetic alongside the more harrowing elements of the plot. Additionally, Dare has the most adorable service dog. I’ve never seen a service dog in a book before, and I am so glad this one provides this representation.
❀ Immersive Atmosphere
One of my favourite parts about this book is its immersive atmosphere. Sarah Glenn Marsh has done a masterful job bringing the haunted house to life, and the Arrington Estate is so well-written that it feels like a character itself. The occurrences in the house that become gradually more threatening make the story perfectly suspenseful, and there are some truly terrifying images that make the spirit of the house jump off the page. I always love an immersive setting, and even though this is by no means a place I would want to visit, the writing sucked me in.
❀ A Suspenseful Read
The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh is a suspenseful read that is sure to keep readers up at night. The concept of interning at a haunted house is so intriguing, and I enjoyed the main character and the way her diabetes is worked into the story. The house itself is also vividly described, making this a great read for those looking for an tense horror with great representation.
Book QUOTES: The Girls Are Never Gone
Secrets always surface. And if the Arrington Estate has any, I’m going to sweep its darkest corners until I dredge them up, kicking and screaming.
“You should be careful with beauty, Dare,” Rose adds softly, her eyes steady on the water. “It’s just a mask, meant to draw your attention away from whatever lies beneath.”
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.