Content Warnings: scary images, death
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.
My Review + Mood Board
Thank you so much to Penguin Teen (Razorbill) and Netgalley for providing an e-arc copy. All thoughts and opinions are still my own.
This is a really fun, creepy YA story that will the perfect addition to anyones fall TBR. This has queer characters, a haunted house, chronic illness rep, and plot that will leave you questioning if ghosts are actually real.
There was so much to love in this story. But I think my absolute favorite aspect was getting a chronically ill main character. This is an own-voices story for Type 1 diabetes and it was so fantastically handled. The main characters relationship with her disease is something I completely related to. I loved how it’s part of her that she embraces but it still occasionally self conscious over. It was just such a wonderful and realistic depiction of living with a disease and I’m forever grateful to see that from an amazing female lead.
This also has a great female friendship plot! While a relationship also forms, there’s less emphasis on the romantic feelings, and more emphasis on the platonic feelings. And I LOVED the way the relationships worked out in the end!
The haunted house, creepy ambience was also fantastic. I love a good atmospheric story and this definitely delivered that! There is absolutely no way you would have caught me dead in this terrifying house!
Overall this was just a really great, creepy read that I will definitely be recommending this October! I can’t wait to read more from Sarah Glenn Marsh in the future!
Meet 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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