Sparrow Hill Road – Seanan McGuire

4 Stars

For someone who doesn’t drive, Seanan McGuire can sure wax poetic about the open road.

Sparrow Hill Road was first released in 2014, with the cover on the left, but is getting a gorgeous new cover (on the right) in anticipation of a sequel! In my own anticipation, I reread Sparrow Hill Road.


Covers from Goodreads, and while we’re there, let’s review the synopsis:

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.

Sparrow Hill Road is set in the InCryptid universe but is completely detached from the events of any of the InCryptid stories, so even if you’ve never read a single InCryptid story, you’ll feel right at home in these pages.

McGuire is absolutely in her element in Sparrow Hill Road, her poetic prose driving the story forward, one heartbreaking page at a time. Part love poem to the open road and freedom, part ghost story, Sparrow Hill Road is gripping and lovely and made me cry while keeping me on the edge of my seat.

The story isn’t entirely linear and is full of interconnected vignettes that form the skeleton of Rose’s ghostly existence. Instead of her day to day existence, we visit Rose during the most important parts of her unlife.

The Girl in the Green Silk Gown, the sequel to Sparrow Hill Road, is due out July 3, 2018 and I am so excited!