Happy Sunday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for THE GIRLS ARE NEVER GONE! I’m so excited because today I have an interview with Sarah Glenn Marsh to share with you! This book is truly amazing and I’m so excited to for you to find out more about it!
The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Published on September 7, 2021 by Razorbill
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, Queer, Thriller, YA
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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.
What would you do if you spent the day with Dare? Where would you go to eat, hang out, relax, etc.?
I’d love to show Dare around The Glenn House, which was built by my great-great-great-grandfather and is supposedly haunted by several of my ancestors! I think she’d enjoy the scary stories, even if she didn’t exactly buy into them. The house is a museum now, right on the Mississippi River, so I imagine we’d go hang out by the water and then go to one of the tasty restaurants nearby—it’s always fun for me to go out to eat with a fellow type one diabetic, as we can help each other with carb counting and not get any weird questions when we take out our insulin pumps!
If Dare were to hang out with characters from other books, who would they be and why?
I could see her hanging out with Audrey Rose from STALKING JACK THE RIPPER– she would love Audrey’s analytical mind, and helping to solve a mystery that’s a little less ghostly in nature would appeal to her skeptical side!
If there was one fictional place you could travel to for a day, where would it be and why?
Middle Earth! I’d give anything to go hang out in Bree or Rivendell for the day, or even to picnic on Weathertop, or to try to avoid the trolls out in the moors. Middle Earth inspired my love of reading and writing and takes up such a special place in my imagination.
If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be and what would you talk about?
Continuing my Middle Earth theme here (because otherwise I’d give you way too long of a list!), I’d spend the day with Gandalf! I have no idea what I might learn, but I bet I’d come away with a head full of stories. I’d ask about his adventures and weird stuff the Fellowship did on their long journey, and get his take on the state of our world while I was at it!
If you buried a time capsule with three items inside, what three items would you choose and why?
I think I’d pick some things relevant to both my own life and to this strange period in time, so I’d choose a face mask (for the pandemic), a sonogram picture of my daughter (who I’m waiting on to make her debut while I also wait on this book to make its way into the world!), and an iPhone or other smart device loaded with my favorite playlist of the moment, because music is such a big part of what inspires me!
What was your favorite bit of research you ended up not using?
I’d say some of my research on different ghost hunting methods, because Dare turned out to be such a skeptic that she wasn’t much into all the newest tech for that, or the more medium-based side of it, either! Also, this one isn’t exactly research, but there was a really tense scene in a previous draft where Dare wound up locked in a closet–I’m sad that didn’t make it into the final book!
What is your favorite quote, scene, or moment from The Girls Are Never Gone?
Here’s one of my favorite quotes:
“Most ghosts are hoaxes, but this one isn’t. It’s the exception: The one that makes you pause and consider a story you’d otherwise laugh at. The one that lingers in your mind and makes you ask, “What if?” instead of moving on with your day. The one that means any other ghost story could be true.”
I love this bit because while I’m a skeptic myself, I know that all it would take is one story–out of so many people’s experiences! —to be true for the world to suddenly become so much larger and more mysterious than it currently seems.
What do you think about The Girls Are Never Gone? Have you added it to your tbr yet? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous day!