Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire (Ghost Roads #1)
What I drank prior: I did a virtual tailgare with a bunch of my college friends so two shots of fireball and a few beers. Had to skip our traditional mimosas because there was no bubbly.
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.
Drunk Overview: this book was set in the Incrypyid universe and followed “Aunt Rose” who is a road witch. The book was originally a bunch of short stories (which could be obvious at times) so the stories can be a little disjointed, but overall deal with the way road witches function and some of Rose’s personal history.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: i might have preferred this book if the stories hadny been adjusted to make it one cohesive book. Part of it comes down to, there were too many reminders avout who certain characters wete that could have worked in a traditional sgort story format but wasnt great in a book. That being said, I should havr known to expect that from the beginning.
Characters: Rose was really intetesting. While coming across as clearly “other” still felt eminently relatable. I liked a lot of the charactets that popped up from story to story. I hesitate to mention some here because it almost feels like spoilers.
Plot: like I said, there isnt one plot. Its a bunch of small plots. That being said the book still builds well. The “big bad” is mentioned early and often enough to make the final encounter have a lot of weight to it. I did enjoy some of the stories more than others. The Last chance Diner was phenomenal, but I didnt care much for the plotlines dealing with Rose’s remaining family.
Writing Style: Seanan McGuire has a way of building worlds that is delightful. This one was adkancent to a world Ive read before, and a completely adjanceny view.
World building: I would have actually enjoyed if the Incryptid family showed up a little bit more. I was expecting something. But I did like the monster point of view.
What to pair it with: i know its not alcoholic, but a steaming hot cup of diner coffee on the house.
Rating: 3.5/5 Shots