Today I’m very excited to finally bring you my very first book tour post! 🎉
I will be giving you the top 5 reasons to read The Girls Are Never Gone as well as a book look—which is very exciting for me as I love doing this. You can find the complete tour schedule HERE, please go check it out to see the other amazing posts by all the different hosts.
Also, if you want to get this book you’re in luck because it comes out TODAY (September 7th)!!
About the book
Genre: Young adult, horror, thriller
Representation: Bisexual main character, lesbian and latina secondary character
Content warning: Death, scary imagery
Summary: 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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Top 5 Reasons to Read It
The truth is that there are a million reasons to read this book, but I just narrowed it down to five so you can get an idea of some of the most relevant things you can look forward to when reading this amazing story.
1 The impeccable spooky vibes
Here’s the thing: I’m a scaredy cat, and the only way I can consume horror is through literature because I can control when and just how much to read. However, this had me reading at times when I would’ve never expected to pick up a horror book—namely, at night—because I just needed to know what came next and let me tell you I was extremely creeped out.
Dare, our protagonist, is a paranormal investigator with a brand new podcast that she’s dedicating to this particular case of Atheleeen’s drowning. Seeing her uncover the mystery surrounding the Arrington Estate is equal parts terrifying and exhilarating. The narration was great in presenting us with the information in a way that was genuinely scary and unsettling.
I’d advise you to not be like me and read this at night. I finished this book almost a month ago and I’ll still avoid looking into mirrors at night in case I see something I don’t want to.
2 The representation of Diabetes type 1
Dare’s diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes was another wonderful aspect of the story, perhaps even my favourite. I must admit that before reading this I had no idea what such a status implied and I really enjoyed learning about it. I thought that it was beautifully integrated not only on Dare as a character but also on the story as a whole. It is obvious that Sarah Glenn Marsh knows what she’s talking about from her own lived experience, and not only that, but she knows how to make this information comprehensible to an audience who might not have had any previous knowledge of this autoimmune disease.
3 The best of boys, Waffles the dog
Aaah, Dare’s adorable service dog, Waffles. I will be honest and admit that although I love animals in real life, I often don’t enjoy them in stories—I have no idea why that is, so I can’t explain it. However, I thought Waffles was a great addition to this cast of characters and I felt like he truly played a part in the plot, albeit a small one. He was not only a comedic element but also an important part of both Dare’s life and—to my understanding—of the ongoing investigation.
4 The amazing friendship portrayed
The friendship between Dare, Quinn, and Holly was fantastic. It was really enjoyable to see these three strangers get to know each other and develop a very intense relationship caused by both the forced close proximity and their shared paranormal and horrifying experiences. Each of the girls had a very distinct personality, which in my opinion was what made them work so well when put together.
5 The hint of sapphic romance
To no one’s surprise, I really enjoyed the glimpse of sapphic romance. I loved how it wasn’t rushed at all and it seemed to flow in a very natural way. And I especially adored how their circumstances—the weird happenings in the house—affected them and their interactions with each other.
I had too much fun preparing this part. The thing is that I love books and I love clothes, so mixing these two passions is always a joy. I decided to get inspiration from the story itself, and here is what I came up with:
Let’s break it down—perhaps this is a bit self-indulgent but oh well. I knew I wanted to use that pirate/vampire/painter shirt (why does it have so many names?) to construct the outfit because it gave me ghost vibes. I also wanted to incorporate the colour blue because that’s Dare’s signature colour, so I decided to go for this handmade corset harness—which I sew—which had the perfect colour and was also a good way to create a silhouette that I like. For the trousers I decided to go for a pair of blue ripped jeans like the ones we see Atheleen wearing. Finally, I decided to wear all my crystal rings inspired by Quinn constantly buying more and more crystals to be protected.
About the author
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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